Mother of Israeli who called in 1,000 bomb hoaxes and operated for several years without getting caught– ‘He’s autistic, doesn’t know what he’s doing’

US-born mom of teen suspect says his brain tumor responsible for his actions: ‘He can’t control it, he can’t think straight. He needs medical help’

ed note–What can you do, except laugh out loud while shaking your head?

‘He doesn’t know what he’s doing’ she says, but he certainly knew enough to engage in this over 1,000 times and for a period of several years and not get caught, with the help of his father, of course. Just like it always is when they get caught– “I was not in my right mind when I did it’, which, in the case involving those who suffer from Jtosis, is at least partially correct.

 Probably the most telling, the most ironic, and the most–what better word can we use here other than ‘unbelievable –was the following statement–

‘It doesn’t make sense. This is a kid who loves Judaism…’


Times of Israel

The mother of an Israeli-American teen believed to have been behind hundreds of hoax bomb threats against Jewish institutions in the US said her son has diagnosed autism and could not control his actions due to a tumor in his brain.

The mother, who spoke with Channel 2 news in an interview broadcast Saturday evening, said she was “shocked” to discover her son was behind a spate of US bomb scares and wished “I had known and could have prevented it.”

But, speaking with her face concealed, she insisted that the teen was not responsible for his actions.

“My son is not a criminal, he doesn’t know what he’s doing,” she said, repeating claims by the suspect’s lawyer that a non-malignant brain tumor discovered several years ago had an adverse affect on his behavior.

The teen, whose family lives in Ashkelon, was ordered to remain behind bars for an additional week on Thursday. He is facing charges of extortion, making threats, publishing false information and is accused of sowing widespread fear and panic. His name is under a gag order in Israel, and he was identified only as “M” in the TV report.

Police say he is behind a range of threats against Jewish community centers and other buildings linked to Jewish communities in the United States in recent months, and is alleged to have made hundreds of threatening phone calls over the past two to three years, targeting schools and other public institutions in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

He had an antenna in his bedroom, with which he connected to the internet without being easily traced, and used voice-masking technology.

The suspect’s father, who works in high-tech and who was detained by police along with his son over suspicions he turned a blind eye to his son’s activities, was released by the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court to house arrest on Thursday.

His mother, who spoke halting American-accented Hebrew and was identified only as “C,” said it was clear from a young age that her son, while highly intelligent, could not function in the regular education system.

She said she was 40 when she gave birth to him, in the US, and that he had an unusually large head, and did not develop speaking skills at a normal rate, but was very good at solving puzzles and was later diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum.

“He couldn’t sit down, he’d walk around, shaking,” she said of his inability to concentrate on tasks. Writing and listening were also problematic.

He couldn’t cope with the formal framework of pre-school education, she said. When he was about 6, the family moved to Israel, and he could not function in the school system.

The boy’s parents decided to home-school him, and the mother gave up her work as a biochemist to care for her child from 1st grade through to 12th.

The woman showed Channel 2 reporters some of her son’s obsessions — endlessly drawing maps, creating complex games for himself with incomprehensible lists of numbers, and collecting and cataloging tickets for every single bus or train ride he took.

She said her son almost never left home and spent most of his time alone. He had no friends, she said.

“I didn’t know how much he sat on his computer,” she said. “I was working. I work nights. I’m at work all night, I come back and sleep.”

She added that she had discussed the recent bomb scares with her son, as she was worried about Jewish American friends of hers. Her son, she said, had also expressed concern about the threatening calls to Jewish targets. “It doesn’t make sense. This is a kid who loves Judaism.”

The mother said she was “very sorry for what happened” but that her son was “not at fault.”

“It’s the tumor. It could happen to anyone with a tumor in his head,” she said. “He’s autistic, he can’t control it, he can’t think straight. He needs medical help.”

The Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported last Sunday that the teenager made more than 1,000 threatening phone calls over the past two years, including at least two threats to Delta Airlines, resulting in the grounding of planes already in the air.

Israeli police only managed to zero in on the suspect after US President Donald Trump sent a team of 12 FBI agents to Israel in recent weeks, Haaretz reported.

The FBI agents are still involved in questioning him here, the TV report said, and the family is concerned that the US may seek to extradite the suspect.

  1. #1 by Frank Frivilous on 04/01/2017 - 9:34

    Seems like a pretty sophisticated operation for an autistic boy. Could he be a patsy in an ideologically motivated hoax?

  2. #2 by robertsgt40 on 04/02/2017 - 9:34

    Maybe it’s genetic lmao

  3. #3 by nooralhaqiqa on 04/02/2017 - 9:34

    Such a shame. A fine lad wasted by autism.. no… wait… a clump of cells in his brain… no autism… heck… whatevah! This good Jewish boy is innocent ~ just needs help.

    Tell the people whose lives he disrupted, “So sorry” and move on?

    I wonder how much the Israeli authorities are NOT telling us.

  4. #4 by derek on 04/02/2017 - 9:34

    Yeah right, totally innocent not his fault the tumor in his brain was responsible, it also helped him get away with it for all those years?

  5. #5 by Faris Mee on 04/02/2017 - 9:34

    Member of Palestinian sleeper cell captured –

  6. #6 by Archibald david on 04/02/2017 - 9:34

    Why are we not investigating Israeli meddling in the American political process?

    What is good for Israel should be good for America. NO “dual citizen” allowed in government. Israel: Three dual-citizen MKs ordered to annul their foreign passports
    by Shahar Ilan – Haaretz – Feb18 2009
    The Central Elections Committee has ordered three Knesset members with dual citizenship to annul their foreign passports by next Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony, or at least begin steps to cancel them.
    The three lawmakers are Yohanan Plesner of Kadima (who has Danish citizenship), Nitzan Horowitz of Meretz (a Polish citizen) and Yisrael Beiteinu’s Anastasia Michaeli, who holds a Russian passport. The Basic Law on the Knesset states that “a member of Knesset holding an additional citizenship that is not Israeli … will not take the oath of loyalty until he has done everything he can to relinquish it.” –
    Nobody can have loyalty to TWO Nations at the same time. SO nobody with “dual citizenship” should be allowed to hold any post in our government.
    By the way ……. How many CHRISTIANS sit in the Israeli “knesset”? ANY? EVER?

    How many of YOUR/America’s $4+BILLION in WELFARE given to Israel every year comes back to America in the form of BRIBES to “american” politicians? Traitors voting to give Israel MORE, so they can get bigger BRIBES

  7. #7 by Ed Ski on 04/02/2017 - 9:34

    What matters us that he committed terrorist acts, and he should stand trial for those acts. nothing else matters. when suicide bombers attempt a target in israel and happen to be stopped before the detonation- does anyone ask them if they have a brain tumor? I thought not. no one cares if a criminal has a medical problem. every terrorist has a reason for their crimes. and further- where is the proof of the brain tumor? where is the proof of the austism?
    it sounds like someone is attempting to deflect punishment from the terrorist. it sounds like mom is defending her terrorist son- but would she defend him if their were actually bombs that went off? and then what type of mother lets her son do this stuff for YEARS? and then what authories are so inept that it takes them years to catch an autistic kid? either they are incompetent, or they allowed him to do it. think about that…

  8. #8 by mord on 04/03/2017 - 9:34

    disgusting “people”

  9. #9 by Ed Ski on 04/06/2017 - 9:34

    looks like the brain tumor defense is out the window- the guy knew what he was doing- why? because he was taking a lot of money for his work as a terrorist:

    Who paid the American-Israeli bomb hoaxer? Jewish teen had Bitcoin account worth millions

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