Jewish Israeli Suspected in JCC Bomb Threats
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 23:57
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the incidents.
"Early this morning in Israel, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Israeli National Police worked jointly to locate and arrest the individual suspected for threats to Jewish organizations across the United States and in other parts of the world", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. "At this time, we can not provide additional information on the investigation".
The US-based Anti-Defamation League said more than 150 bomb threats had been made against schools and Jewish community centres since January 9.
More than 100 bomb threats to Jewish institutions in the United States have accompanied fears over whether hate crimes and anti-Semitic acts have been on the rise in the country.
According to a report in the Washington Post, the threats were made over the course of the past few months.
Israeli police are still trying to determine the teen suspect's motive.
At first Israeli police could not locate the suspect but then there were reports of threats at 16 Jewish centers in nine USA states - Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and North Carolina.
An Jewish Israeli teen was arrested Thursday in Israel on charges of making bomb threats to major Jewish centers in North America.
During the arrest, the suspect reportedly tried to take a policewoman's gun and shoot himself with it. A photo of the suspect in an Israeli court showed a young man covering his face. Ynet has reported that the attorney said the teenager has a brain tumor since the age of 14 that affects his behavior. She said the condition had prevented him from attending elementary school, high school or enlisting in the army, which is compulsory for most Jewish men.
"The investigation began in several countries at the same time, in which dozens of threatening calls were received at public places, events, synagogues and community buildings that caused panic and disrupted events and activities in various organisations", a statement from the Israeli police said. He is suspected of using "advanced camouflage technologies" to disguise the origin of the calls.
Israel's anti-fraud squad arrested the suspect at his southern Israel home on Thursday. The suspect was arrested and brought for questioning at the worldwide investigations unit and appeared before the Rishon Letzion court.
A former journalist in St. Louis accused of making at least eight of the threats, allegedly as part of a cyberstalking campaign against an ex-girlfriend, was arrested March 3.