A resident of the Arab neighborhood Shuafat in northeastern Jerusalem was arrested last week and charged with leaving a fake explosive device on a Jerusalem light rail carriage last Monday and another one on the track three days earlier, it was reported Sunday.
The device left on Monday was a box with wires protruding from it inside an abandoned bag. It was investigated by the bomb squad, causing a slowdown in rail service in the capital.
The man claimed that he left the fake devices as a response to the images of death and destruction in Gaza that were a result of Operation Pillar of Defense last week.
In a separate incident, two Arab youths were arrested on Sunday morning and charged with hurling a Molotov cocktail at a train in Jerusalem on Thursday evening. The bottle was thrown as the train passed through the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. It broke but failed to explode, causing only light damage to the train and no injuries.
The two were scheduled to be remanded at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday afternoon.