A Jewish teenager (how old?) from Israel made bomb threats against US Jewish Institutions then is found in Israel? (whole article below)
Several thoughts here....
Several thoughts here....
- Why would he do it? False Flag operation? Making fake news real? Teen angst?
- He used “advanced camouflage technologies” to hide his location. He wasn't drafted into the Israeli Military for some reason? A Mossad agent? An Anti-Trump Agent?
- Why would the NYT report it? They rarely report anything that might be deemed "bad" about Israel. Israeli authorities sealed the case pretty quickly.
- He used Tor to hide himself but was found. So much for staying anonymous on the web.
JERUSALEM — The police on Thursday arrested an Israeli teenager who holds American citizenship in connection with waves of threats to Jewish institutions, including community centers in the United States, law enforcement officials said.
A spokesman for the police here, Micky Rosenfeld, said the suspect, from the Ashkelon area of southern Israel, had also made threats to institutions in Australia and New Zealand, as well as to at least one commercial airline flight, forcing an emergency landing.
“This is the guy we are talking about,” Mr. Rosenfeld said.
The authorities did not immediately identify the teenager, who they said was Jewish and in his late teens. His motives were not immediately clear, and a judge ruled Thursday that he would be held until at least March 30. The judge also imposed a gag order, forbidding the Israeli authorities from releasing the suspect’s name.
Thursday’s arrest appeared to be a turning point after months of investigation and waves of turmoil and panic as Jewish community centers across the United States reported more than 100 bomb threats since the beginning of the year. The calls, which President Trump condemned during an address to Congress last month, led to evacuations and bomb sweeps and heightened worries about anti-Semitism in the United States.
It was not immediately clear how many of the calls investigators had traced to the teenager.
The wide-ranging, multinational inquiry was hampered by what the authorities described as the suspect’s use of “advanced camouflage technologies” to try to cover up his communications, which he made through the internet. The technology shielded the caller’s identity and also disguised the voice that threatened carnage.
When the Israeli police searched the suspect’s house, investigators confiscated computers, an antenna and other equipment, and an American official said it appeared the man had used Tor, a widely available anonymity software, to try to mask his whereabouts. The software is used by a wide range of people, from people conducting illicit business on the so-called dark web to activists trying to avoid government censorship or surveillance.
In Washington, F.B.I. officials confirmed the arrest. In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who described the threats as “hate crimes,” said, “The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, and we will not tolerate the targeting of any community in this country on the basis of their religious beliefs.”
The Israeli police said the F.B.I. was deeply involved in the inquiry, which also drew the attention of police and security agencies around the world.
“The investigation began in several countries at the same time, in which dozens of threatening calls were received at public places, events, synagogues and community buildings that caused panic and disrupted events and activities in various organizations,” the Israeli police said in a statement.
Israel Radio reported that the man had used wireless internet from neighbors, and The Haaretz newspaper reported that the suspect had not been drafted for compulsory military service, like most Jewish 18-year-olds, on personal grounds because the military found him unfit to serve.
The case in Israel is separate from that of the St. Louis man who was arrested this month and accused of making at least a half-dozen other threats to Jewish centers. In a complaint in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the authorities said that man, Juan Thompson, had acted as part of an effort to intimidate a former girlfriend.