A teenager, 19-years-old, holding both American and Israeli citizenships has been arrested in ISRAEL, where the teen had been living and using “advanced technology” to make the bomb threats to Jewish Centers across America, and a few in New Zealand as well.
Israeli police cooperated with American requests for investigations and find and arrest the kid.
Motives for the threatening phone calls was not yet discovered. The Israeli teen does appear to be religiously jewish in the pictures where the police arrested him, but why he would make threats is totally unknown. He will see a judge in Israel on Thursday.
When the police busted him they found technology in the home that was advanced enough to cover up call locations, which is why it took police so long to find him.
The teen had reportedly been turned away from the Israeli army (which is mandatory except for health issues for all men and women in Israel) for mental deficiency.
The Daily Mail reports:
A US-Israeli teenager has been arrested for making a string of hoax bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers in the US.
The 19-year-old was arrested in Israel on Thursday where he has been living for ‘many years’, according to police.
He holds both US and Israeli citizenship, police sources told Reuters, and he is wanted for threatening synagogues and community centers over the last three months.
Police say he also made threats against Jewish institutions in New Zealand and Australia and that he used ‘advanced’ technology to hide the origins of his calls.
Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was not yet clear what the teenager’s motive for the calls was.
On February 27, worried communities in 12 different states received threats.
The threats, all of which appeared to be hoaxes, were received in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
For some centers, it was the second or third time this year that they had been targeted.