Three weeks ago a St. Louis man, Juan Thompson - a former Intercept reporter and staunch Bernie Sanders supporter - was arrested in connection with at least eight of the dozens of bomb threats made against Jewish organizations across the country, an effort which many described as a "false flag" attempt to implicate and blame "anti-semitic" Trump supporters. Today the NYT reported that police arrested an Israeli teenager with dual US-Israeli citizenship in further connection with scores of threats to Jewish institutions, including dozens of community centers in the United States, law enforcement officials said.
A spokesman for the Israeli police Micky Rosenfeld, said the suspect, from the Ashkelon area of southern Israel, had also made threats to institutions in Australia and New Zealand, as well as to at least one commercial airline flight, forcing an emergency landing. “This is the guy we are talking about,” Mr. Rosenfeld said.
Israeli authorities did not immediately identify the teenager, who they said was Jewish and 19. was expected to appear in court later Thursday. The suspect’s motives were not immediately clear although another instance of attempt to instigate a "false flag" reaction appears the most likely explanation; he was being questioned by the international investigations unit of the Israeli police.
As the NYT adds, the inquiry was complicated by what the authorities described as the suspect’s use of “advanced camouflage technologies” to try to cover up his communications, which he made through the internet.
As a reminder, over the past two months, dozens of Jewish community centers across the United States reported more than 100 bomb threats since the beginning of the year, with many in the media quick to accuse "intolerance" and "anti-semitism" spawned by Trump as the culprit behind the wave of threats. The calls, which President Trump condemned during an address to Congress last month, led to evacuations and bomb sweeps and heightened worries about anti-Semitism in the United States.
As it turns out it wasn't Trump at all, but people who may have been desperate to make Trump appear like he was.