Attorney general to indict far-left MK Cassif for 2022 assault on police officer

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara informs far-left Hadash MK Ofer Cassif that she will indict him on charges of aggravated assault against a police officer during an incident in the West Bank in May 2022.

A copy of the indictment has been passed to the Knesset speaker and to the chairman of the Knesset House Committee so that Cassif can request immunity from prosecution from the Knesset if he wishes.

In May 2022, Cassif was trying to reach a protest against the evacuation of Palestinians from their homes in Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, but was blocked from doing so by the police officer.

According to the indictment, Cassif got back in his car and tried to continue along the route toward the protest despite being blocked by the police officer, hitting the policeman in the left leg as he was slowly trying to drive around him. Cassif then stopped, and after a verbal exchange between the two, the police officer poked Cassif in the face with his finger — lightly according to the indictment — and Cassif then strongly slapped the police officer on the side of the head, the indictment says.

The State Attorney’s Office and the police recommended indicting Cassif in 2022.

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