Far-left MK Ofer Cassif indicted for aggravated assault of a police officer in 2022

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

Then-Joint List Knesset member Ofer Cassif appears to hit a police officer in the West Bank on May 13, 2022. (Screenshot)
Then-Joint List Knesset member Ofer Cassif appears to hit a police officer in the West Bank on May 13, 2022. (Screenshot)

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara indicts MK Ofer Cassif for aggravated assault against a police officer after rejecting arguments he made against an indictment during a formal hearing.

The attorney general filed the indictment against Cassif, a member of the far-left Arab-majority Hadash party, in January pending the in-person hearing. The MK is charged with aggravated assault against a police officer resulting from an altercation in the West Bank, in May 2022.

Cassif was trying to get to a demonstration against the evacuation of Palestinians from their homes in Masafer Yatta in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills by car, but was blocked from doing so by the police, resulting in a scuffle in which Cassif allegedly slapped a police officer.

Cassif has described the indictment as “political persecution” and has said he will fight the charges in court.

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