He was arrested for suspicion of making security-related threats and publishing false reports causing panic in Jewish communities in countries around the world, said Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. "He was the main suspect behind the numerous amount of threats which were made to different Jewish communities and organizations around the world", investigators told the Post.
Rosenfeld says the suspect is "the guy who was behind the JCC threats", referring to Jewish community centers in the US that have received dozens of anonymous threats in recent weeks. The threats were also made in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the U.S.
"He's the guy who was behind the JCC threats", Rosenfeld said, referring to the dozens of anonymous threats phoned in to Jewish community centres in the USA over the past two months. -Israeli citizen, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed.
The months-long, multi-agency investigation led Israel Police's International Crime Investigations Unit to the city of Ashkelon, where the suspect and his father were arrested, and a search of their home was conducted on Thursday, local mediareports. He was arrested after an worldwide investigation led by the cyber division of the Israel Police's Lahav 433 came to an end. Those threats led to evacuations of the buildings, upset Jewish communities and raised fears of rising anti-Semitism. The teen also made a bomb threat to Delta Airlines, forcing it to make an early landing. It's unclear how numerous threats today's arrestee was responsible for, but investigators are treating him as a central suspect.
The national Anti-Defamation League's CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, issued a statement saying that the Jewish community is relieved about the arrest but said it didn't cover all anti-Semitic incidents that occurred this year.
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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.
Rosenfeld says the suspect is "the guy who was behind the JCC threats", referring to Jewish community centers in the USA that have received dozens of anonymous threats in recent weeks.
"He didn't use regular phone lines".
Since January, Jewish community centers and schools across America have received over 100 bomb threats.
" 'He's the guy who was behind the JCC threats, ' Rosenfeld said, referring to the dozens of anonymous threats phoned in to Jewish community centers in the USA over the past two months".