A 19-year-old Israeli suspect was arrested on Thursday in connection with a wave of terror threats against the Jewish community centers in U.S, authorities in Israel revealed. The Thursday arrest gave a new twist to the threats that had prompted evacuations, heightened security and rising fears of anti-Semitism. The suspect, who used ‘advanced camouflage technologies’ to cover his tracks, was found after a month long intensive investigations spanning multiple countries. He holds a dual Israeli and American Citizenship. According to the teenager’s lawyer, the unnamed suspect had a brain tumor that could affect his behavior.
The man also made calls to places in New Zealand and Australia.
Threats against Jewish community centers have spiked in recent months, with the Anti-Defamation League counting over 120 threats against JCCs and schools since Jan. 9.
President Donald Trump drew criticism in late February for suggesting that some of the recent threats were made “to make people—or to make others—look bad.”
This arrest comes weeks after liberal blogger Juan Thompson was charged with making at least eight separate bomb threats against Jewish organization.