The Israeli-American suspected of perpetrating more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish institutions used technologies including Google Voice, a call forwarding service, and Bitcoin, a digital currency, to make the threats.
According to an article in The Daily Beast, Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He also is accused of a series of threats made in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in the past six months, according to reports in Israel. He also is reported to have called in threats to the Israel Police two months ago regarding Israeli educational institutions.
To mask his identity, the suspect used a technology called SpoofCard that masks a number’s caller ID, according to the Daily Beast. When police subpoenaed SpoofCard’s parent company to trace the call’s real number, they learned that he had called from a disposable Google Voice number.
He paid for SpoofCard through Bitcoin, also untraceable, and routed his internet through proxies, making his IP address untraceable as well. In addition, he masked his voice in the calls to sound like a woman.
The suspect was caught after he forgot to trace his internet connection through a proxy server, allowing police to trace his IP address, which led to his home.
According to the suspect's lawyer, he has suffered from a brain tumor since the age of 14, which affects his behavior.
A 19-year old man with dual US-Israeli citizenship was arrested for allegedly making a series of threats to Jewish institutions in the US and Europe. The suspect has a long record of criminal behavior, authorities in Israel said Thursday.
The man, whose identity has not yet been released for publication, was suspected by police of involvement in a string of similar threats targeting institutions in Israel going back two and a half years.
A district court in Rishon Letzion extended the suspect’s arrested by one week at a hearing Thursday afternoon.
During his arrest, the suspect reportedly assaulted a female officer and attempted to steal her firearm.
Police say the teenager, a resident of the southern city of Ashkelon, is believed to have made hundreds of threats against community centers around the world, including in Israel, over the past two and a half years.
If the suspect is found to be the perpetrator of the recent rash of bomb threats at American Jewish Community Centers, much of the fear of a rise in US anti-Semitism will recede.
The suspect was reportedly turned down by the IDF, which ruled him unfit for the military service.
According to his attorney, the suspect suffers from “severe medical problems”, which may affect his mental state.
“This is a young man without a criminal record,” said attorney Galit Bash, adding that the suspect has “from a young age suffered from severe medical problems. There is concern that his medical condition affects his cognitive functioning.”
"Therefore, we asked the court to order that the young man be referred for a medical examination. The court accepted our claims and instructed the police to examine the young man's medical condition."
"The growth in systematic abuse of women, especially by Islamists in the West, requires democratic governments to introduce strong measures to stop this abuse." So writes Pakistan-based journalist and commentator Khadija Khan for Gatestone Institute.
The specific background of her plea is the recent harassment and threats against a young British teenage girl by Islamists in Birmingham, England, after a video of her dancing was circulated.
"Enslaving women in general and inflicting repressive agendas -- such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, segregation, allowing no say in choosing a partner, education or profession, with abysmal living standards often part of the abuse -- is just a small measure of the jihad that the Islamists have managed to unleash across the globe," Khan declares.
The video led to aggressive shaming and harassment of the girl by the local Islamist "morality police": men who ranted against her "impious" act and reportedly forced her to apologize publicly online. Sobbing, she "admitted" how evil and shameless she was to have brought such dishonor to her family and religion.
"Have things come to such a pass that now, even in Britain, only the most courageous can spontaneously express feelings of fun? … It is important for as many people as possible, both in Great Britain and world-wide, to say how much they love her beautiful spirit and that they totally standby her right to dance, sing, play or have fun."
"Most horrifying is that it seems that even the West has started to buy into the version of 'modesty' that for centuries these extremists in the Middle East have been forcing on women."
"The human rights groups seem to have become so apologetic towards the extremist abusers that they now turn their backs on the victims of these abuses -- the people who need human rights groups the most. Perhaps they believe that supporting the poor girl would mean offending Muslims… The poor girl was shown no solidarity by any supposed champions of liberal causes. Instead, she was thrown to the hounds and left to face her torment alone."
"The massively destructive, wrong-headed political policies of Western governments -- such as keeping silent on the abuses of women by Muslim extremists involving, for example, underage and forced marriages, female genital mutilation (FGM), sharia courts in the UK and accepting the existence of no-go zones where the extremists enjoy impunity and thrive -- are also to be blamed for the increase in violations of women's rights. Politicians and the policy-makers are apparently too scared of being accused of committing some fabricated 'Islamophobia' or 'infringing on the rights of Muslim citizens,' so they choose to keep their eyes shut to the plight of these women."Khan cites other instances and incidents in which young Muslim girls were victimized by extremists "just for innocently being [themselves]… Extremists use shaming and harassment as punishment and deterrence for any woman in their communities who tries to break a barrier to regain her life."
Khan also has a message for individual liberals: "Many liberal women, doubtlessly well-intended, seem to love to wearing hijabs supposedly 'in solidarity;' what they do not understand is that for millions and millions of Muslim women, who dare not say so, it is not a symbol of freedom and 'protection' -- like a slave-owner 'protecting' his property -- but of repression and imprisonment. It is forced upon women, now even in the West, and, worse, with the wholehearted complicity of the West."
In conclusion, she writes, "It is time for politicians, governments, policy-makers, clerics, human rights groups and 'liberals' to stop siding with criminals who commit assault, battery, and even murder, and to start protecting their citizens."
Former Egpytian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison Friday, six years after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution that forced him out of power and led to his arrest and the arrest of his sons, Gamal and Alaa.
An attorney representing the former Egyptian leader said Mubarak was released from a military hospital in Cairo, and has been allowed to return home.
Mubarak was taken into custody in April 2011 in connection with the killings of hundreds of protesters by security forces during the Egyptian Revolution.
After six years in custody, Mubarak was acquitted earlier this month.
The court also rejected demands by lawyers of the victims to reopen civil suits, leaving no remaining option for appeal or retrial.
Nearly 900 protesters were killed in the 18-day uprising against Mubarak's rule that ended when he stepped down in 2011.
Now 88-years old, Mubarak spent much of the past six years in a Cairo military hospital under close supervision.
Mubarak, who took power in 1981 after President Anwar Sadat was assassinated, ruled Egypt for 30 years.
One person was killed and another seriously injured in a traffic accident in southern Israel Friday morning.
The accident took place on Highway 4 near the Ad Halom bridge at the entrance to Ashdod.
Authorities say a truck collided with a private car by an off-ramp from Highway 4 at the Ad Halom junction .
The victims include an elderly man and woman who were trapped inside the private car after it collided with the truck.
The woman, estimated to be in her 70s or early 80s, was critically injured in the accident and later died at the scene, despite efforts by paramedics to stabilize her condition.
The second victim, a man of similar age, was seriously injured but was found conscious by emergency response teams. After receiving first aid treatment at the scene of the accident, the man was evacuated to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot.
“When we got there, we saw a private car crushed after having collided with the rear end of a truck,” said MDA paramedic Yeky Atraktzi. “A man and woman roughly 80 years of age were trapped inside the car. The woman was unconscious and had no vital signs. We provided first aid, but shortly afterwards we were forced to declare her dead from her injuries.”
“While we were treating the roughly 80-year old man who was suffering from injuries to his chest and stomach we transported him to the hospital, while he was fully conscious and in serious condition.”
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A day after a bombshell revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that the Trump transition team had been included in surveillance efforts by US intel agencies in the waning days of the Obama administration, sources say the committee will likely reveal an even greater bombshell in the coming days.
President Donald Trump faced scathing criticism for weeks for his March 4th comment on Twitter claiming that President Obama had ordered clandestine monitoring of the Trump campaign during the 2016 US presidential election.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
While little evidence to support the claim was found initially, on Wednesday Rep. Nunes addressed reporters with a startling revelation which breathed new life into Trump’s allegations of espionage and interference by the Obama administration.
According to Nunes, US intelligence agencies collected data on communications by Trump transition team members and “unmasked” the team and its staff, releasing the non-transmogrified transcripts of monitored communications involving the Trump team – transcripts which were subsequently leaked to the press in the case of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Taken together with the fact that President Obama took the unusual step of easing restrictions on data sharing between intelligence agencies in the last days of his presidency, Wednesday’s revelation has raised suspicions that the White House used its monitoring capabilities to interfere with the incoming Trump administration.
But that still fell short of Trump’s claim that the Obama administration had the Trump team’s “wires tapped”. Trump claimed he used the expression in a general way, alludijng to all kinds of surveillance.
Now, however, a source privy to the investigation by the House committee say members believe an even greater bombshell is on the way – “smoking gun” proof that the Obama administration directly spied on the Trump campaign and possibly Donald Trump himself.
Speaking with Fox News on Thursday, the source claimed that House Intelligence Committee members expected the smoking gun to be revealed in the coming days – likely sometime next week.
Thomas Oppermann, Chairman of the German Social-Democratic (SPD)-Parliamentary Group, the second largest political party in Germany, met this week in the Bundestag in Berlin with Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin.
During the meeting, the two discussed the contents of a recently-published report documenting the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Berlin in 2016, and Rabbi Teichtal offered Oppermann a taste of matzah in honor of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover.
Oppermann tasted the matzah and assured the Rabbi that his party will continue fighting anti-Semitism in the country.
In a video message recorded by the two at the close of their meeting, Oppermann is seen holding a piece of matzah and addressing Jews in Germany.
“My message for the Jewish people in Germany is that the German government and specially the Social Democratic Party stands for democracy, for European unity, for respect among people, for religious tolerance. We are fighting anti-semitism, we are fighting intolerance, we want to live together in this society, and I will tell you that the Jewish community in Germany is a very vital part of our society. Together we will create a great future for our country and for Europe as a whole,” he says.
“Rabbi Teichtal is visiting me and he brings with him the Matzah. I’m happy about that because before the Pesach fest I will travel to Israel I will visit my friends I will talk with many politicians. I am concerned about the situation. I hope that Israel will be stable in the future, that peace will be stable. and that at the end people will get along with one another. to be there during the Pesach fest is a great opportunity.”
During the meeting, Rabbi Teichtal expressed his appreciation to Oppermann for his continuous support and encouragement of the Jewish community.