A Jerusalem man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of damaging automobiles owned by Arabs in the city's Givat Shaul neighborhood.

The suspect, whose name has not been revealed, has confessed to responsibility for some of the incidents. The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court extended his arrest remand yesterday.

Police suspect that since 2009, the 20-year-old man has caused damage to Arab-owned vehicles on at least seven occasions; among other things they say he sprayed graffiti on the cars and ruined their tires. The cars' owners are Arab citizens of Israel who work at Angel Bakeries in Givat Shaul.

The suspect's attorney, David Halevi, from the Honenu legal aid organization, claimed yesterday that his client confessed "under threat and as a result of promises." Halevi said police interrogators promised the youth that he would be released should he confess; when he refused to take the bait, Halevi said, the police threatened to arrest the suspect's relatives.

Police deny these allegations. The judge said that it is unclear who is telling the truth, and approved the police request to extend the arrest remand for an extra day.