Joint List MP to be questioned over attack on police officer

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The trigger for the investigation was a video filmed several months ago showing an incident in which a Joint List MP Ofer Kassif attacked a policeman.

According to media reports, Kassif is expected to be summoned to the police for questioning in the coming days.

The police had to seek permission from the government's legal adviser to investigate the incident because, as a member of the Knesset, Kassif enjoys parliamentary immunity.

In May, Kassif was caught on camera hitting a policeman in the head after security forces prevented his car from getting through. to a protest in Masafir Yatta, near Hebron.

Parliamentary immunity allows members of the Knesset to travel almost throughout the country. It remains unclear why Kassif — to the only Jew in the “Joint List”, consisting mainly of Arab parties, — was banned from entering the area, and whether the police knew who he was.

In accordance with the 2005 changes to the Knesset Immunity Law, members of the legislature no longer receive automatic immunity from prosecution , but must request it from the plenum if necessary. If charges are brought against Kassif, he can ask for immunity from prosecution, which must be ratified by the Knesset.
Knesset members Eli Cohen (Likud) and Meirav Ben -Ari (Yesh Atid) greeted the news of the launch of the investigation on Twitter.

“Anyone who raises a hand against soldiers or policemen should be in jail, not in the Knesset,” — wrote Cohen.

Meirav Ben-Ari was more concise, writing in her account: “It's time.”

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