People KRQE News 13 spoke with Friday say it's surprising to learn the 19-year-old is a Jewish Israeli with a dual American citizenship. The man is suspected of placing threatening phone calls to Australia, New Zealand and also within Israel.
At a court hearing near Tel Aviv, the suspect's defense attorney said the young man has a growth in his head that causes behavioral problems.
The arrest comes at least three months after the bomb threats against Jewish community centers began, according to The Christian Science Monitor. "The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community at community centers are disgusting and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil", Trump said.
The case was opened six months ago after Israeli investigators flagged a threat made to a New Zealand organization.
This is the same guy who compared American Jews to the Jews who helped the Nazis because they don't agree with everything the Israeli government does. Israeli police say he used advanced technology to cover up the origin of his calls and communications.
The teenage suspect's lawyer has said his behaviour may have stemmed from a "very serious" medical investigation which in the past had prevented him from serving in the army or going to school. The FBI said he made the calls from his bedroom.
The calls also led to urgent evacuation of civilians at a number of public sites and institutions throughout the world, and even the cessation of air operations by a specific airline which triggered an emergency landing. Jewish institutions increased their security by adding more cameras, increasing training for staff and closely coordinating with local law enforcement departments.
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But Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the ADL, said anti-Semitism in the USA remains a "very serious concern". I assume they will be identified in due course.
Israeli Police and the FBI investigated the rash of incidents. The teen reportedly used computer systems to make it hard to trace his identity. Juan Thompson, a former journalist from St Louis, is accused of making several threats to Jewish organiszations while posing as an ex-girlfriend as part of a revenge plot against her.
Smith spoke of how anti-Semitism often appears at global forums such as the United Nations and said he is hopeful that the Trump administration will work to prevent future passage of anti-Israel resolutions that have singled out the Jewish State for alleged human rights abuses. "We are grateful to law enforcement for their efforts and at this time await further details".
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Thursday the suspect's motives are unclear.
"He didn't use regular phone lines".