Police have arrested a 19-year-old man and four other Jewish Israelis on suspicion of attacking a Arab youth last week in Jerusalem, according to the Ynet news site.
The suspects are said to have accosted the victim in Jerusalem’s Liberty Bell Park last Wednesday, physically assaulting him and stealing his telephone. The victim suffered light wounds and needed medical care.
Police say the attack was “racially motivated,” Ynet reports.
“We are speaking about an incident with a clear racist backdrop,” Police commissioner Pinchas Sari-Levi is quoted as telling the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court during a request to extend the suspects’s detention.