Chicago man given 2 years for threatening Jewish school

November 25, 2010 17:15


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A Chicago resident was sentenced on Wednesday to 25 months in prison for sending a threatening letter to a Jewish high school, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Mohammad Alkaramla, 25, was described by friends and neighbors as "peaceful" until his wife moved to Jordan with their son, which caused him to become depressed and concerned that Middle East violence would endanger his son.

Alkaramla mailed the letter in 2008 to the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, threatening to blow it up if Israel did not withdraw its troops from Gaza. Alkaramla's father said, "He knows all people are the same. He went crazy like with stress. ... He thinks Gaza is by Jordan. All he knows is what he sees on the TV."

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