29 Jun 2018

US-Israeli teen convicted over global bomb threat hoax

From Morning Report, 8:42 am on 29 June 2018

A court in Tel Aviv has convicted an American-Israeli teenager of making hundreds of threats to bomb or attack Jewish schools, community centres and other institutions in the US, Britain Australia and even New Zealand. A threatening pre-recorded message had been phoned in to schools in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Gisborne, Palmerston North, Masterton and Christchurch in 2016 and 2017. The prosecution said the nineteen-year-old had spread panic for several months. The teenager told investigators he'd just wanted to stave off boredom. We spoke to Times of Israel military correspondent Judah Ari Gross.