Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Israeli JCC Bomb Hoax Suspect Had Millions In Bitcoin Account

The Israeli-American teenager suspected of making fraudulent bomb threats to American Jewish institutions used a bitcoin account worth millions of shekels, Israeli police said, according to Haaretz.

The large sum of money is an indication that the suspect might have been paid in order to make the threatening phone calls that evacuated JCCs around the country in recent months.

The teenager, from the southern Israeli city Ashkelon, is in police custody, and appeared in an Israeli court on Thursday in order to have his remand extended for the third time.

Police said that they are making progress in the case, and now know that the teen made thousands of such calls.

According to Haaretz, the teen acted in a “planned and intelligent” manner on the internet and on the so-called “dark web,” the hidden network that can only be accessed through special authorizations, which counters claims that he did not know what he was doing.

The teens’ parents apologized publicly for his actions.

Contact Naomi Zeveloff at [email protected]

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.