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Trump Was 'Right' on anti-Semitic Incidents, White House Says

Noting arrest of Israeli-American teen for bomb threats against Jewish communities, Spicer says media should not 'rush to judgement.'

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday during his daily press briefing that President Trump "was right" when he said that some of the anti-Semitic incidents in the United States may be "the reverse" of what they look like.

Spicer said that the media should not "rush to judgement" when it comes to hate crimes, and brought up the Israeli-American teen who is being investigated by the Israeli police in connection to the wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers.

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The teen arrested this week on suspicion of making a host of bomb threats on Jewish institutions worldwide has been making such cyberattacks for two years, but only recently was his capture given high priority, according to police sources who spoke with Haaretz.

The sources attributed the turnabout to pressure from United States President Donald Trump. A few weeks ago, after Trump announced that the FBI would do everything in its power to catch the perpetrator, the agency sent 12 investigators from its cybercrime unit to Israel to assist the Israeli investigation.

The 19-year-old was arrested in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Thursday by cybercrimes unit of the Israel Police, seizing computers and other items investigators say helped the suspect evade detection.