Israeli Man Arrested on Suspicion of Assaulting anti-Netanyahu Protester

The protester, part of the Movement for Quality Government in Israel anti-corruption group, was hospitalized with light facial injuries

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A demonstration organized by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, Tel Aviv, November 2019.
A demonstration organized by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, Tel Aviv, November 2019. Credit: Ofer Vaknin
Aaron Rabinowitz
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Israeli police arrested a resident of Jerusalem on Friday suspected of assaulting an activist during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The protester, part of the Movement for Quality Government in Israel anti-corruption group, was hospitalized with light facial injuries and has since been released. The suspected assailant, in his 30s, had identified himself as a Netanyahu supporter, the group said.

The protest tent was erected a few days ago near the official residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Protesters are urging Rivlin not to assign Netanyahu the task of forming a new government, citing the three indictments aainst him in three corruption cases. Members of the organization say they have been harassed and cursed by Netanyahu supporters and that on Friday a few of them tried to steal objects from the tent.

A protester confronted them and was assaulted, they said.

The group has petitioned the High Court to require legal advisers to the government, Knesset and president to render an opinion regarding the prime minister serving while he faces three indictments for fraud, blackmail and breach of trust. It asked the court to issue an injunction to order a freeze of the process in which parties recommend candidates for prime minister to the president until the legal advisers issue a detailed opinion, including the criteria for recommending a candidate for prime minister.

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