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- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 9:08
Israeli police have arrested a 19-year-old Jewish man with dual American-Israeli citizenship as the main suspect in hundreds of bomb threats made against Jewish community centers in the U.S. and worldwide.
A 19-year-old Israel resident has been charged with telephoning bomb threats to dozens of Jewish organizations in the US, possibly including recent calls to Buckhead and Dunwoody organizations.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, bomb threats have been made to over 150 Jewish institutions in the US and Britain since January.
"This is one of the numerous ongoing police operations that take place with other worldwide security and intelligence organizations in order to try to find suspects", Police Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told the Post.
Officials at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said no sooner had news broke that the suspect was a Jewish man with dual Israel-U.S. citizenship, they began receiving a new onslaught of anti-Semitic messages. He said the suspect also made threats in New Zealand and Australia.
The suspect is Jewish and holds both Israeli and USA citizenship, according to multiple news outlets citing a police spokesman.
The FBI handed over the information to the Israel police after finding these threats had originated from Israel, Haaretz reported.
The Oshman Family JCC was one of dozens of centers nationwide that received a bomb threat by phone late in the afternoon on February 27.
Since January, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community center has received at least six hoax threats, the last one on March 8.
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.
"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community at community centers are frightful and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil", Trump said.
The threats "created panic" and "caused significant economic damage", Rosenfeld said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also released a statement reiterating the Department of Justice's commitment to protecting the civil rights of all.