Arrest of the suspects
Arrest of the suspectsPolice Spokesperson

The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office today (Sunday) submitted to the city's district court an indictment against five Arab residents of Jerusalem, aged 19-22, after they abused a haredi man at a hospital.

According to the indictment, about two weeks ago, the suspects and the complainant were on the grounds of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital while one of the defendants and the complainant, a person with a mental disability and of Jewish and haredi appearance, were receiving medical treatment at the hospital.

For an hour and a half, the defendants, with full knowledge of the victim's disability, forced him to do and say humiliating things, including cursing the Jewish people as well as his own sister in Arabic, reciting verses from the Quran, kissing the feet of the abusers, and more.

The defendants recorded these acts on their cell phones and published them, together or separately, on the social networks TikTok and Instagram. Following the widespread publication of the documentation of the abuse of the complainant, the police received many reports about the incident.

The indictment charges the defendants with racially motivated abuse of the helpless and invasion of privacy.