Perpetrator Sabotages Haaretz's Electrical Systems, Assails Journalist

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Haaretz building in Tel Aviv
Haaretz building in Tel AvivCredit: Tomer Applebaum

An anonymous perpetrator entered the Haaretz offices in Tel Aviv Wednesday and sabotaged the building's main electrical cabinet before leaving the area.

Police later apprehended the suspect in south Tel Aviv, not far from the building. He refused to cooperate and remained silent during his questioning, and will therefore be jailed and brought before a judge on Thursday morning, police said.  

At about 10 A.M., the man, who has not yet been identified, arrived at the newspaper's building on 21 Schocken Street and damaged the electrical cabinet, which affected multiple systems. The act of sabotage caused disruptions to the Haaretz and TheMarker websites for over two hours. Police have launched an investigation into the matter.

After the assailant damaged the electrical cabinet, he waited outside the entrance to the building, and upon seeing Haaretz investigative reporter Gidi Weitz, unleashed a verbal tirade against him. "What do you want from Bibi [Netanyahu]?" He shouted. "Where's your car? Do you have a car here?" Police were called but did not arrive in time, and the man escaped.

Haaretz will be filing a formal police report later Wednesday.

The Crime Minister protest movement, which has been leading demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in light of his criminal indictments, released a statement saying that "a red line has now been crossed."

The sabotage, they said, is the product of incitement from the prime minister. "Netanyahu put a target on the media, the left and protesters as enemies of the state, and as a result, bullies are setting out every day to attack these targets. Miraculously, this has not yet cost us human life." They called for a protest against Netanyahu on Saturday night, outside his official Jerusalem residence.

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