Israeli Reporter Assaulted While on the Job: 'They Asked if I Was a Journalist'

Israel Hayom journalist says he was attacked by six or seven ultra-Orthodox men who beat him after they ascertained that he was a reporter

Daniel Mor Siryoti after receiving medical attention after being attacked while covering an event in Kiryat Ata, Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, October 26, 2019.
Herzi Shapira

A reporter for the the free daily newspaper Israel Hayom was assaulted and lightly injured Saturday night in the Haifa Bay suburb of Kiryat Ata while covering an event.

Daniel Mor Siryoti said he was attacked by six or seven ultra-Orthodox men who beat him after they ascertained that he was a reporter.

Siryoti, who covers the northern area of Haifa for Israel Hayom, said he had come to the event to try to interview the family of a woman who had been killed in a car accident on Saturday. He spotted a few young men, whom he described as “apparently newly religious,” sitting at the end of the street. “They noticed that I had a journalist’s sticker on my windshield and asked if I was a journalist. They started to curse and said we’re all traitors, we’re all leftists,” Siyroti said. “At some point one of the young men came over on an electric bike, on which he was carrying a child, and tried to block my way. I told him he is endangering the child."

According to Siryoti, they proceeded to punch him, breaking his teeth and trying to stab him in the stomach. “I protected myself and got stabbed in the finger,” he said. “The others hit me in the face and broke my teeth. Somebody came with a prong and they shouted ‘stab him, stab him.’”

Siryoti added that they only stopped when a woman arrived whom they apparently knew. The woman, he said, shielded him with her body and extracted him from the scene.

The police said they launched an investigation into the incident after Siryoti arrived at the police station with a head injury. “I lost six teeth and I’m in pain. Fortunately I managed to protect my stomach from a serious stab wound,” the reporter said.

Siryoti was sent to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was diagnosed with a minor concussion.