Police overnight Thursday-Friday arrested a suspect from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina who is suspected of filming himself slapping two ultra-Orthodox teenage boys on a train.
The video, posted on TikTok, showed the suspect knocking the glasses over one of the boys and slapping the other in an apparently unprovoked assault on the Jerusalem light rail.
A caption above the video in Arabic read: “You will continue to delete and I will continue to upload. It’s either the Palestinian people or you.”
Police said the suspect, 21, will be brought before Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Friday to extend his remand.
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A spokesperson for the police said the investigation is ongoing.
The video caused an uproar online, with many sharing a phone number they claimed belonged to the suspect, calling to flood him with messages over the assault.
On Friday, the father of one of the boys told the Kan public broadcaster his 14-year-old son returned home “upset, humiliated and afraid” following the incident.
“I told my son that from now on, he won’t take the light rail and we’ll make sure someone takes him. Today it’s a slap, tomorrow it could be something worse,” he said.
The father of the arrested suspect told Army Radio his son had nothing to do with the incident, saying that he just “received the video and uploaded it to TikTok.”
“I am against violence, I worked with Haredim a lot. I contacted the police yesterday on my own accord because we received lots of threats,” the suspect’s father added.