Left-wing activist indicted for assaulting farmer

Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 13:49 At the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, the office of the State Attorney filed an indictment for assault against Gil Alexander, a left-wing activist who was recorded attempting to grab a pistol from a Jewish farm owner near Hamra in the Jordan Valley approximately two weeks ago. The indictment attributes to Alexander simple assault and illegal possession of a weapon.

The indictment describes the incident: “The complainant lives on a farm north of Hamra, in the northern Jordan Valley. The defendant came to the site to accompany local shepherds as their flocks grazed. On 27.1.23, the complainant went out to a hill at the site for the purpose of speaking to a shepherd and asking him not to graze his flock at the site. Under those circumstances, the defendant blocked the path of the complainant with two walking sticks and did not allow him to continue walking. Additionally, the defendant shoved the complainant several times. Then the complainant took hold of one of the walking sticks that the defendant was holding and pulled it from his hand. Then the defendant encircled the complainant with his arms as his hands were holding the [other] walking stick.

“In addition to what is described above, the defendant assaulted the complainant by shoving him and pulling his pistol out of his right back pocket. Consequently, and due to the resistance of the complainant, the pistol fell to the ground. The complainant immediately picked it up and distanced himself from the site. In the acts described above, the defendant assaulted the complainant. … Also, the defendant attempted to illegally possess a weapon.”

Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing the farm owner, stated after the indictment, “A red line has been crossed that indicates the intents and dangers of anarchists’ activities. We hope that the defendant, and every activist who tries to injure a settler, will be penalized to the full extent of the law.”

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