Officials: Man Linked to threats on US Jewish centers also targe - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Officials: Man Linked to threats on US Jewish centers also targeted Delaware State Senator

Posted: Updated:

JERUSALEM (AP/WBOC) - Israel indicted an 18-year-old American-Israeli Jew on Monday for a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States that stoked fears of a rising wave of anti-Semitism.
    
Israel's Justice Ministry said the accused was charged at a district court in Tel Aviv for thousands of cases of extortion, publishing false information that caused panic, computer offenses and money laundering.
    
On Friday, he was charged in federal court in Orlando, Florida, with 28 counts of making threatening calls and conveying false information to police. Separately, he was charged with three more counts of cyberstalking in an indictment filed in federal court in Athens, Georgia.
    
The Israeli indictment says that in addition to the Jewish centers, the accused also targeted airports, malls, police stations and Republican state Senator Ernesto Lopez from Delaware. He also offered his intimidation services over the internet in return for compensation in Bitcoin.

Lopez declined an interview with WBOC on Monday, instead referring press to a statement on the issue.

"Over a year ago, I released a statement in support of Delaware children and teachers condemning repeated bomb threats being made to our local schools. Today, I would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies who participated in the investigation which has led to the successful apprehension of a prime suspect in Israel."
    
Israel has not identified the suspect because he was minor when he committed the alleged offenses in the country. But the American indictment identified him as Michael Ron David Kadar.
    
Kadar was arrested last month after a trans-Atlantic investigation with the FBI and other international law enforcement agencies. U.S. Jewish groups welcomed the breakthrough in the case, which had drawn condemnation from President Donald Trump.
    
Since Jan. 9, there have been more than 150 bomb threats against Jewish community centers and day schools in 37 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that battles anti-Semitism.
    
The threats led to evacuations, sent a chill through local Jewish communities and raised fears of rising anti-Semitism. Acts of vandalism on Jewish targets, including cemeteries, have added to those concerns. U.S. authorities have also arrested a former journalist from St. Louis, Juan Thompson, for allegedly threatening Jewish organizations and charged him with one count of cyberstalking.
    
But Israeli police described their man as the primary suspect in the wave of threats, numbering more than 2,000.
    
Police said he used sophisticated "camouflage technologies" to disguise his voice and mask his location. They said a search of his home uncovered antennas and satellite equipment.
    
The indictment says his motive was to cause public alarm. Among the charges against him are making a bomb threat against an El-Al flight to Israel that sparked fighter jets to be scrambled, and threatening a Canadian airport, which required passengers to disembark in emergency slides. Six people were injured. He was also accused of threatening a Virgin flight that as a result dumped eight tons of fuel over the ocean before landing, and threatening a plane being used by the NBA's Boston Celtics.
    
In addition to threatening Lopez, he is also charged with harassing former Pentagon official George Little and threatening to kidnap and kill his children.
    
Kadar's lawyer says he has a serious medical condition that might have affected his behavior. She said the condition had prevented him from attending elementary school, high school or enlisting in the army, which is compulsory for most Jewish men.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • 100-year-old Perdue Family Farmhouse Named Maryland Landmark

    100-year-old Perdue Family Farmhouse Named Maryland Landmark

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 3:40 AM EDT2017-08-22 07:40:37 GMT
    Tuesday, August 22 2017 3:40 AM EDT2017-08-22 07:40:37 GMT
    The family farmhouse of the third-largest chicken producer in the United States has been named a landmark after it was built a century ago.More
    The family farmhouse of the third-largest chicken producer in the United States has been named a landmark after it was built a century ago.More
  • Downtown Dover Parking Study to be Released This Week

    Downtown Dover Parking Study to be Released This Week

    08/21/2017 20:06:00 -04:002017-08-22 00:06:00 GMT
    Monday, August 21 2017 8:06 PM EDT2017-08-22 00:06:02 GMT
    DOVER, Del. -- Findings on a study about parking in Downtown Dover are set to be discussed at a public meeting this week.The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization's council is set to focus on the study during a meeting on TMore
    DOVER, Del. -- Findings on a study about parking in Downtown Dover are set to be discussed at a public meeting this week.The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization's council is set to focus on the study during a meeting on TMore
  • Sky High Solar Eclipse Celebration in Sussex County

    Sky High Solar Eclipse Celebration in Sussex County

    08/21/2017 18:54:00 -04:002017-08-21 22:54:00 GMT
    Monday, August 21 2017 6:59 PM EDT2017-08-21 22:59:14 GMT
    INDIAN RIVER INLET, Del. - Delaware Seashore State Park held a viewing party at the Indian River Inlet bridge during Monday's solar eclipse.People lined up as early as 9:30 a.m. to purchase glasses that went on sale at 1:00 p.m, and by the afternoon, theMore
    INDIAN RIVER INLET, Del. - Delaware Seashore State Park held a viewing party at the Indian River Inlet bridge during Monday's solar eclipse.People lined up as early as 9:30 a.m. to purchase glasses that went on sale at 1:00 p.m, and by the afternoon, theMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Body Found Near Lewes Dog Park

    Body Found Near Lewes Dog Park

    08/21/2017 13:49:00 -04:002017-08-21 17:49:00 GMT
    Monday, August 21 2017 1:49 PM EDT2017-08-21 17:49:31 GMT
    The body of a 55-year-old man has been found in a wooded area just south of the Lewes Dog Park, according to police.More
    The body of a 55-year-old man has been found in a wooded area just south of the Lewes Dog Park, according to police.More
  • Denton Man Struck, Killed by Truck

    Denton Man Struck, Killed by Truck

    Monday, August 21 2017 10:50 AM EDT2017-08-21 14:50:32 GMT
    Monday, August 21 2017 10:50 AM EDT2017-08-21 14:50:32 GMT
    Maryland State Police say a 40-year-old Denton man died after being struck by a pickup truck on Sunday.More
    Maryland State Police say a 40-year-old Denton man died after being struck by a pickup truck on Sunday.More
  • Eclipse Watch Party on Downtown Salisbury Rooftop

    Eclipse Watch Party on Downtown Salisbury Rooftop

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:38 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:38:33 GMT
    Monday, August 21 2017 5:38 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:38:33 GMT
    Watch parties and other events were held in downtown Salisbury Monday for the historic solar eclipse.More
    Watch parties and other events were held in downtown Salisbury Monday for the historic solar eclipse.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices