Israeli-American teen responsible for bomb threats against Jewish centers
24 Mar 2017
It seems that once again the 'conspiracy theorist were correct.
A dual Israeli-American citizen has been arrested in Israel in connection with a series of bomb threats made against Jewish community centers and Jewish schools in the United States and other countries.
Police believe the man, 19, carried out fake bomb threats in New Zealand, Australia and against scores of Jewish institutions across the U.S.
The 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of making multiple bomb threats to Jewish organizations and an airline in the US and elsewhere.
The unnamed individual - who lives in Israel, reportedly in the southern city of Ashkelon, but has joint US-Israeli citizenship - was arrested at the request of the FBI, which has been examining a wave of threats against Jewish centers.
The arrest took place after a months-long undercover investigation by an Israeli police unit specializing in cybercrime.
Police seized a number of computers as well as other equipment during the arrest. Micky Rosenfeld, an Israeli police spokesman, said the motives behind the threats were unclear.
Rosenfeld alleged the suspect was "the guy who was behind the JCC threats" - referring to Jewish community centers - and said advanced technologies had been used to mask the origin of calls and communications to synagogues, community buildings and public venues.
"He didn't use regular phone lines. He used different computer systems so he couldn't be backtracked," Rosenfeld said. The suspect also made threats in New Zealand and Australia, Rosenfeld alleged.
According to a recording acquired by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, in one call to the airline Delta the caller is heard threatening to kill Jews onboard a flight.
"It's a C-4 bomb with a lot of shrapnel surrounded by a bag," the voice on the recording warns. "In a short time, a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered. Their heads are going to [sic] blown off from the shrapnel. There's a lot of shrapnel. There's going to be a bloodbath that's going to take place in a short time. I think I told you enough. I must go."
There has been apx. 166 hoax bomb threats to Jewish schools, synagogues and cultural centers since 9 January. There has also been a spate of vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, leading to fears of rising antisemitism in the US.
The Trump administration was accused of not speaking out quickly enough, and Trump faced backlash from the Jewish community when he suggested that the threats might not be what they appeared to be.
According to reports in the Israeli media, the suspect is not serving in the Israeli military as might be expected at his age.
Few details about the suspect have emerged, though he was described as an isolated and quiet individual who had lived in Israel for a number of years and was homeschooled.
Despite efforts to mask the source of the calls, police investigators in New Zealand and Australia were able to identify the IP address of the computer used as being inside Israel. According to some reports, the equipment used included a large antenna and unusually sophisticated computer hardware. The caller also used technology to alter the sound of their voice.
An Israeli police official said sophisticated methods were used. Yaniv Azani, the head of technology in the Israeli police's cyber unit, said several different means were used "to camouflage the various layers of communication mechanisms" to carry out the calls.
Rosenfeld said the investigation was carried out with the help of the FBI and police from other countries.
Commenting on Thursday's arrest, Israel's public security minister, Gilad Erdan, said: "We hope that this investigation will help shed light on some of the recent threats against Jewish institutions, which have caused great concern both among Jewish communities and the Israeli government."
Targeting houses of worship is a non-Muslims' value and habit, not Muslims'. It seems this Jew was trying to make the Jews look like victims where the blame for it would go to the Muslims.