Federation & CIJA Relieved Suspect Arrested for JCC Bomb Threats
For immediate release
Montreal, QC - Reports today revealed that Israeli law enforcement, working in partnership with security services around the globe, has apprehended a suspect in the spate of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centres across North America.
In response, David J. Cape, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following:
“We are relieved and grateful that authorities have located the individual believed to be responsible for these false threats. At the same time, we are shocked and outraged to learn that the alleged perpetrator of these crimes, which terrorized our community, is a Jewish dual American-Israeli citizen. He appears to have acted alone, and we unequivocally condemn his behaviour.
“While Israeli authorities deserve credit for arresting this individual, he was apprehended following a lengthy and complex global investigation that included Canadian and other global law enforcement partners. We remain deeply appreciative of the work of Canadian government, police and security agencies in supporting our community.
"While these threats proved to be false, the Jewish community remains a target of hate. We encourage communal institutions to remain vigilant and follow their existing security protocols.”
- Media are reporting that the individual in question was deemed ineligible for service in the Israeli military.
- The Jerusalem Post is further reporting that the alleged perpetrator "possibly has psychological and social problems."
- The unit in Israel that conducted the investigation is Lahav 433, which specializes in cyber threats. Israel is a global leader in cyber security.
Winnipeg, MB - Adam Levene, President of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, added: "Winnipeg’s Jewish community is grateful to all who took part in the investigation and arrest of the suspect in the JCC bomb threats. Our hearts go to all those who were affected and to their families and friends. And our gratitude goes to all who participated in the investigation and apprehension of the suspect. While we are relieved that the perpetrator has been caught, we are also saddened by the fact that he was a member of the Jewish community.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent
of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
President, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg