Joint List's Cassif files complaint over police beating

MK Cassif says violence against him is a violation of Knesset's sovereignty and dignity; slams Netanyahu for inaction, warning that 'another political assassination is around the corner'

Gilad Cohen|
Joint List MK Ofer Cassif Sunday filed an official complaint against police after he was beaten by officers during a protest in East Jerusalem over the weekend.
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  • Cassif, the only Jewish Knesset member in the predominantly Arab party, participated last Friday in a demonstration in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah against the expansion of settlements in the area.
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    ח"כ עופר כסיף מגיש תלונה במשרדי מח"ש ונושא הצהרה לתקשורת
    ח"כ עופר כסיף מגיש תלונה במשרדי מח"ש ונושא הצהרה לתקשורת
    Joint List MK Ofer Cassif
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    Footage from the incident showed police officers tackling and kicking Cassif, breaking his glasses and ripping his shirt.
    The incident drew widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum.
    Officers initially said that the lawmaker had hit them first, later saying that he had incited the officers to beat him and dared them to hit him.
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    Arriving at the Police Internal Investigations Department, Cassif said that "the violence against me is a symptom."
    "The violence directed against me is also a violation of the sovereignty and honor of Knesset," he added.
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    ח"כ חבר כנסת עופר כסיף מותקף
    ח"כ חבר כנסת עופר כסיף מותקף
    MK Cassif after being attacked by police during a protest in East Jerusalem last Friday
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    He also slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, warning that their inaction in addressing police brutality "puts the next political assassination around the corner."
    "The poisonous mushroom that is Netanyahu grew from the blood of [former prime minister Yitzhak] Rabin [who was assassinated in 1995 by a right-wing extremist], and we will not let more such mushrooms sprout."
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