Israeli police arrested on Tuesday two 17-year-old Palestinians over an unprompted attack against an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on the Jerusalem light rail train, which was captured on video and shared on social media, prompting claims of antisemitism.
One of the suspects, both residents of the East Jerusalem neigborhood of Shoafat, posted on TikTok a video of the incident, which took place nearly a week ago, in which he is seen slapping the man.
The teen shared the video last week, before fleeing to the West Bank, according to police. He was arrested at the Qalandiyah crossing point in northern Jerusalem and held for questioning.
Several hours later the second suspect was apprehended.
In the caption accompanying the video on TikTok, the suspect wrote: "Continue to delete [my TikToks] and I’ll continue to post. It’s the Palestinian people or you."
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The clip evoked tremendous outrage. Interior Minister Arye Dery said that the incident was “shocking and antisemitic.”
Transportation Minister Miri Regev said: “I was shocked by the video. I instructed the National Authority for Public Transportation to act alongside the Israel Police to investigate the incident.”
President Reuven Rivlin tweeted on Tuesday, “The disturbing images of Jews being abused just like that, for no reason, in broad daylight… shouldn’t be normalized.” He called on Arab public figures and political leaders to condemn the violence, “which must never be granted legitimacy.”