Israel’s Police Intelligence Division on Tuesday asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to authorize a criminal investigation against Member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi (Joint Arab List) for allegedly assaulting two Israel Prison Service (IPS) officers guarding the hospital room of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.
The two officers reportedly filed assault charges against Tibi over the weekend, alleging he attacked them after he arrived at Allan’s hospital room and was told he could not enter the room with his mobile phone.
Tibi allegedly forcibly shoved one of the guards, called both “fascists,” cursed at them, and said, “I’m an MK, I can do whatever I want.” According to the Walla news website, police filed a motion with the attorney general seeking to question Tibi for assaulting a public servant, insulting a public servant, and several other offenses.
“The guards made it clear [to Tibi] that under no circumstances could he take his cell phone into the room. They did not, at any time, ask him to leave his phone with them. The guards decided to press charge and they have the [Prison] Service’s full backing,” a senior IPS officer said.
In a short statement, Tibi said the guards’ demand violated his parliamentary immunity, and that they entered Allan’s room with him and oversaw the visit.