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Islamic Movement guards try to block photographers from entering court hearing

Staff of a private militia belonging to the Islamic Movement have tried to prevent suspects in an assault on police officers from being photographed, standing at the entrance to a court hearing on their remand and physically blocking photographers from entering.

“You don’t have an approval to enter, this is a private area,” the two men tell a photographer for the Walla news site, according to footage published by the outlet. The report says court guards weren’t around.

“Calm down, don’t be a hero,” the men can be heard saying, despite having no authority to prevent journalists from entering the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court hearing.

The photographers are eventually allowed in.

Police arrested four suspects over the weekend after several officers were assaulted early Friday by private security guards working for the municipality of the Arab Israeli city of Kafr Qasim.

The officers had sought to enter the town’s municipality after receiving a report that someone had been violently taken into the building, but were denied entry by the guards. A scuffle broke out and several cops were beaten and bloodied.

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