A man who targeted Jewish schools in the UK in 2014-16 as part of a wider terror campaign of bomb hoaxes here and abroad has been jailed for four years.

The judge at Exeter Crown Court heard that Jewish schools were “over-represented” in the targets chosen by Andreas Dowling, 24, as he made 107 sophisticated bomb hoaxes in the UK, US and Canada.

Prosecutors said Dowling, from Cornwall, used text-to-voice software to profit by offering to close schools in return for payment, adding that “some of the offences were motivated by racism”.

Simon Laws QC, prosecuting, said Jewish schools were “over-represented” as targets in the British hoaxes and were selected “based on racial or religious identity of the students”.

Mr Laws added that threats to the Jewish schools referred to bombs going off at 4.20pm, which was a reference to Adolf Hitler’s birthday of April 20. “It is on occasion of celebration in far right circles,” he explained. “It was only the Jewish schools that this unusually precise time was given.”

Among the other targets of Dowling were the Palace of Westminster and the 2015 Super Bowl, as well as US police departments. He signed off some hoax calls with “Allahu Akbar”. The hoaxes affected 44,000 pupils in the UK.

Source: Jewish News

Related Articles:

Israel lauded in UK Parliament for ‘stellar’ vaccination programme

Israel was praised in UK Parliament earlier this week for the speed at which it has rolled out its vaccination programme.Speaking to the House of Commons, the UK's vaccine deployment...

Top Oxford professor tells UK to follow Israel’s lead: “Israelis are good at getting on a war footing”

Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at the University of Oxford and adviser to the Government's Vaccine Taskforce, has said the UK government should be reacting to Covid-19 as if to...

US: Israeli restaurants in Portland vandalised with ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti

Several Israeli-affiliated restaurants were vandalized with "free Palestine" graffiti over the weekend in Portland, Oregon, local media reported. The Portland Police Bureau is reportedly...

France: Deliveroo driver jailed for refusing to deliver to Jewish customers

A Deliveroo driver has been jailed by a French court on charges of discrimination after he refused to deliver meals from two Jewish restaurants in the eastern city of Strasbourg.Police...

Sheldon Adelson laid to rest in Israel as tributes pour in for the billionaire Zionist

Sheldon Adelson, an Israeli-American billionaire and staunch defender of Israel, died after battling cancer since 2019. He was 87 and was laid to rest in Jerusalem. Adelson's story is...

SIGN OUR PETITION

in support of a National Holocaust Memorial next to Parliament