JUST IN: Man arrested in US Jewish community center bomb threats

A 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man has been arrested by Israeli police as a primary suspect in connection to the bomb threats made against Jewish community centers (JCCs) in the U.S., according to a report in The Hill on Thursday.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the man’s motives were not yet known.

While several bomb threats have been reported by JCC’s across the U.S., the suspect also reportedly threatened Jewish centers in New Zealand and Australia, using technology to disguise where the calls came from, said the report.

A letter demanding action in response to the anti-Semitic threats was sent by 100 senators to the Department of Homeland Security to “underscore the need for swift action with regard to the deeply troubling series of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish community centers (JCCs), Jewish day schools, synagogues and other buildings affiliated with Jewish organizations or institutions across the country.”

The senators said they want “to commit to more security funding for nonprofits after the recent spate of threats to Jewish community centers,” according to the report, which notes that the group also “asked to fund the nonprofit security grant program at $50 million to help meet these increased threats.”

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