In response to Israel’s Justice Ministry reportedly denying a U.S. Justice Department request to extradite the Israeli-American teen charged with making threats against Jewish Community Centers throughout the United States, President of the American Jewish Congress Jack Rosen issued the following statement:
"The American Jewish Congress calls for the suspect who threatened Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in America and across the world to be deported from Israel to the United States of America as soon as possible.
"Many of the high-profile attacks took place in the U.S. It is the incidents in America that gained the most exposure, and it is vital that we are able to try the perpetrator. Israel has worked with the USA over many years to stop anti-Semitism. Nothing would send a stronger message to those who are planning anti-Semitic attacks than to extradite the teenager and allow the trial to take place in front of the world’s media. As things stand, the danger is that it appears that Israel has something to hide if the alleged offender is tried in Israel under a gagging order, as is currently the case.
"Anti-Semitism has no place in society anywhere in the world. Over the last few months there have been significant incidents of anti-Semitism here in the United States. It is time for us to make a stand, and the trial would be an important first step in showing the public that America takes a tough line on anti-Semitism."