Israelis hold teen over US bomb threats


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More than 120 threats have been made against Jewish centres in 2017

Israeli police say a 19-year-old man with American and Israeli citizenship is suspected of making threats against Jewish institutions worldwide.

Police arrested the suspect in the south of Israel on Thursday morning over threats against Jewish communities in the US, New Zealand and Australia.

He was detained by Israeli cyber-fraud police, after an inquiry with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

Last month an ex-US journalist was arrested for several of the threats.

Investigators say that 31-year-old suspect’s alleged calls were part of a bizarre campaign against a former girlfriend.

Media captionThe BBC spoke to a Muslim-American couple targeted by an abusive caller

But Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Thursday the latest suspect’s motives are unclear.

Investigators say the Israeli teen used camouflage technologies to disguise the origin of his calls.

He is also suspected of making threats against an airline, at one point forcing a plane to make an emergency landing in order to be searched for explosives.

In the US, more than 120 hoax bomb threats have been made against Jewish schools, synagogues and cultural centres since earlier January, according to the Anti-Defamation League.


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