Israeli Teen Arrested for Bomb Threats on US Jewish Centers

Israeli police arrested a 19-year-old man Thursday in connection with the wave of bomb threats made to Jewish community centers in America over the last six months, authorities in Israel said.

After an intensive investigation in cooperation with FBI 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 the threats around the world, Rosenfeld said.

More than 150 threats have been made against Jewish institutions, including community centers and day schools, across the USA and Canada over the past three months, according to the Anti-Defamation League. These include hundreds of calls to Jewish Community Centers in the USA, calls to Jewish institutions in other countries, including New Zealand, Australia and European countries.

The unidentified suspect was arrested on suspicion of making extortion threats and publishing false news in multiple countries, Israeli police said on Twitter.

While the teenager may be arrested for the hoaxes, they say real threats remain.

Former Intercept reporter Juan Thompson was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on March 3 in connection with bomb threats made to at least eight Jewish community centers, schools, and the Anti-Defamation League's Manhattan headquarters.

- Police overseas say they found the man behind a series of bomb threats to Jewish community centers around the country.

The suspect's father was also detained for questioning.

The unnamed 19-year-old is a dual U.S.

The arrest signals a potential breakthrough in the new spate of anti-semitic threats and vandalism across the United States since January.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department K-9 officers search the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada after an employee received a suspicious phone call that led about 10 people to evacuate the building on February 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Police said the suspect was aged 19, he was Jewish, and held both Israeli and United States citizenship. He is said to have employed complex procedures to shield his identity, and perpetrated the threats using advanced equipment, including a large antenna and other hardware.

He appeared in court in Rishon Lezion on Thursday for a remand hearing, where he was ordered held over until March 30.

"We are more confident than ever that the OFJCC is a safe and welcoming place for members, students, guests and staff". Two by email and three by phone.

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