American-Israeli teenager arrested for wave of bomb threats against Jewish organizations


After an intensive investigation in cooperation with FBI including representatives who arrived in Israel, as well as other police organizations from various countries, technology was used to track down the suspect who had made these ongoing threats around the world.

Sources familiar with the case gave the suspect's age as 19 and said he is Jewish and holds Israeli and US citizenship.

The Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill experienced firsthand the hatred and subsequent fear and panic of a bomb threat phoned in back in February. -Israeli citizen covers his face as he is brought to court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, Thursday, March 23, 2017.

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The Israel Police arrested an 18-year-old Ashkelon resident who is suspected of being responsible for most of the bomb threats that were made against Jewish community centers throughout the world over the past six months.

"We hope that this investigation will help shed light on some of the recent threats against Jewish institutions, which have caused great concern both among Jewish communities and the Israeli government", Erdan said.

It said they were spread across 37 states and two Canadian provinces. Police Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told the Jerusalem Post that the teen "was the main suspect" for threats made to centers in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the US.

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After a months-long global investigation, the teenager was arrested by the cyberattack unit of Israel's anti-fraud squad, which discovered that he had been using sophisticated technology, including a voice-altering mechanism, to call in the false threats. She later told Reuters he has a brain tumour, which "may affect his behaviour, his ability to understand right and wrong", and said the teen's father had also been held in connection with the case. "I commend the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Israeli National Police for their outstanding work on this case".

The arrest was made to the request of USA authorities and after receiving information from the FBI, which conducted the investigation alongside Israeli police's cyber unit. He stated that at one point, the youth had been judged unfit for duty in the Israeli military's compulsory service.

"Today's arrest in Israel is the culmination of a large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents for hate crimes against Jewish communities across our country", Sessions said in a statement Thursday morning after news of the arrest broke.

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Including the people of the USA. "I very much hope that sometime - the sooner the better - the situation will return to normal".

His arrest put Jewish parents in South Florida a bit more at ease.