Jewish American Arrested in Israel for U.S. Bomb Threatsby Brie Stimson and AP Reports March 23, 2017
A Jewish Israeli-American was arrested in Israel Thursday in connection with a string of bomb threats at Jewish centers across the U.S., according to reports from the Associated Press.
The 19-year-old dual citizen was picked up by police in his family’s home in Ashkelon early in the morning. Police have not released the suspect’s name, but say he will be in custody until at least March 30. He is currently considered the prime suspect in the two-month long investigation, and is being described by officials as a “hacker” who used sophisticated methods to avoid being caught.
“He’s the guy who was behind the JCC threats,” Israeli
police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AP.
The suspect appeared in court Thursday in the Israeli city of Rishon Letzion, covering his face in front of the cameras.
His lawyer, according to AP, said the suspect has a “very serious” medical condition that may have affected his behavior.
There have been more than 150 bomb threats to Jewish organizations in the U.S. since January 9, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Photo: The Lawrence Family JCC in San Diego is one of the many Jewish institutions across the country to receive bomb threats since January.