Ofer Cassif is an Israeli politician who, under Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid's coalition government, served as the Jewish representative in the Arab Joint List party.
During a protest in April 2021 in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, Cassif was beaten by police. By the end of the demonstration he required medical attention.
The protest was one of many by Arabs against Jews during a court case to determine the eviction of Arab residents from the neighborhood.
Cassif was a professor and a lecturer before his pursuit of politics began in 2019.
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The police spokesperson claimed that Cassif refused to leave the area after officers declared the protest unlawful.
"When violence comes from the very people meant to protect the law, and is selective in nature, the violence becomes twice as bad," Cassif said.
A video of the incident shows Cassif yelling at a policeman and then suddenly grabbed by the cop and several of his fellow servicemen and beaten.
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The sad truth is that Cassif’s objections have very little to do with ecology and environmental protection, and everything to do with a scorched-earth policy of anti-normalization in the West Bank.
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