Israel’s Rishon Lezion Magistrates’ Court extended the remand of an Ashkelon teen accused of making more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish institutions in the U.S. during the last two months.
Police said they were keeping the suspect, 19, who also holds American citizenship, in custody for another week and placing his father under house arrest. Both of them remain under a gag order.
The suspect was arrested last week following a trans-Atlantic investigation with the FBI and other international law enforcement agencies. American Jewish groups welcomed the breakthrough on the wave of JCC bomb threats, which had sparked concerns over rising anti-Semitism in the U.S.
Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Limor Tzanani, Staff Sgt. Maj. Lior Rotenberg and Chief Insp. Hofit Pima of the Israel Police were at the proceeding and confronted the teen’s defense attorney, Galit Bash, over her claim that her client has an inoperable brain tumor affecting his behavior. Bash had argued the purported tumor made her client ineligible to attend school or serve in the Israeli military.
“All the medical documents we have seen thus far indicate that there is no base to her claim [of a brain tumor]—just a benign growth,” the police officials argued. JNS.ORG