Joint List MK seen hitting officer after being stopped from reaching W. Bank protest

Joint List MK Ofer Cassif is seen attacking a police officer after being prevented from reaching a protest in the South Hebron Hills.

In a video, a police officer attempts to halt Cassif’s vehicle. The car hits the officer slightly, and he approaches the MK and shouts at him to move his car away. Cassif then hits the officer in the face, and accuses him of attacking him first.

Police say they have opened an inquiry into the matter, to assess if a criminal investigation can be opened.

MKs have immunity, which allows them to travel almost everywhere in the country. It was not clear why Cassif was barred entry from the area.

Cassif was attempting to reach a protest at Masafer Yatta — or Firing Zone 918 — an agriculture area near Hebron in the West Bank, which Israel’s top court recently ruled to evict over 1,000 Palestinians from the land.

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