The detained man, an east Jerusalem resident with a vast criminal record – including attempted murder – was handcuffed and handed over to the custody of the police. At the time of the incident, Peres was making his way from the President's Residence to the temporary presidential home where the events took place.
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A couple of weeks ago, three Arab students were arrested in Jerusalem after threatening other students and inciting racism. The three had claimed they were arrested after calling upon other students not to participate in a meeting with Peres, recently held at Jerusalem College of Engineering (JCE).
The three were interrogated by officers of the Jerusalem District Police and were later released to a one-week house arrest.
"The students that were arrested posted on the JCE Facebook page that they were not going to attend the lecture given by the president. They have the right to express their opinion and no one, not even the police, has the right to arrest them. It's a humiliation and it's discrimination," a fellow student told Ynet.
In December, Peres moved into a temporarily apartment in Jerusalem's Mamilla neighborhood after defective infrastructure led to flooding at the official presidential complex.
"The core infrastructure – water, plumbing, electricity and air-conditioning – has been neglected and the building, which has never undergone extensive renovation, does not meet safety standards," said Yoram Raviv, deputy director-general at the President's Residence.
Moran Azulay contributed to this report
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