A 19-year-old has been arrested in Israel for making a string of hoax bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers in the USA in the last three months.
Israel's cyber police arrested on Thursday an Israeli-American teen suspected of sending bomb threats to "hundreds" of Jewish institutions around the world. According to The Jerusalem Post, a lengthy, complex investigation by officials in Israel and other countries led to the suspect, who was using equipment to shield his location.
Law enforcement officials have told CNN they believed numerous threatening calls to Jewish community centers originated overseas.
Since January, Jewish community centers and schools across America have received over 100 bomb threats.
This arrest is consistent with earlier reports, NYPD: Single Caller May Be Behind Most Jewish Community Bomb Threats. The FBI and Justice Department's civil rights division were investigating the incidents.
The Anti-Defamation League said there have been 165 bomb threats in the United States and Canada this year.
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Since Jan. 9, there have been more than 150 bomb threats against Jewish community centers and day schools in 37 US states and two Canadian provinces, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that battles anti-Semitism.
The suspect arrested today is not the first connected with recent threats against Jewish organizations. "The FBI commends the great work of the Israeli National Police in this investigation".
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement Thursday, praising the Israeli police and FBI for their investigation into the threats. The threats, spread across dozens of states, have prompted many evacuations, but none resulted in an attack.
The man, who also reportedly made threats in New Zealand and Australia, used technology to hide where the calls came from. The threats were accompanied by acts of vandalism on several Jewish cemeteries.
The suspect, who has not been named, has lived in Israel for many years, according to Haaretz, and he was found unfit to serve military service. A court remanded their arrest until March 30.
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