Israeli Preschool Teacher Arrested for Assaulting 3-year-old After Video Goes Viral

Police say investigation launched after video of woman shaking child went viral

File photo: A policeman and police car in Israel.
Ofer Vaknin

The police arrested a preschool teacher in her sixties on suspicion of assaulting a 3-year-old in her care. The teacher was caught on camera hitting the child at a private preschool in the Gilboa region, and the video of the woman shaking the child as he lay on the ground went viral on social media.

The details of the investigation have been under gag order for a week.

The police said the investigation was launched after the video went viral. Police found the child’s parents, and asked them to file a complaint.

The Nazareth District Court extended the teacher’s remand on Saturday night.

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The police stated that it “takes the abuse of minors seriously, particularly when it’s by those charged with responsibility for their wellbeing.”

The Gilboa regional council stated in response that the video had not been filmed at a municipal preschool, that it took the case seriously and that the authorities were handling it.

In October, a 61-year-old woman named Shlomit Tsarfati was arrested for assaulting toddlers at the Ashkelon daycare she managed. She was released on bail and banned from working with children or managing a daycare center for six months. The woman had been convicted in 2016 on similar offenses and sentenced to community service at the time, but her name had not been published. As a result, parents signed their children up to her preschool without realizing she had a child abuse conviction.