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Yollan Cohen forcibly pushed by Israeli police at anti-government protest – Israel News

Yollan Cohen forcibly pushed by Israeli police at anti-government protest – Israel News

Yollan Cohen forcibly pushed by Israeli police at anti-government protest – Israel News

Yollan Cohen, a reporter for the Israeli news station N12, was seen violently shoved by a police officer on Saturday night while covering the anti-government protest that took place in Tel Aviv. Images of the incident were posted on X, officially known as Twitter.

Cohen arrived to cover the protest that took place in Tel Aviv after hundreds of demonstrators took to King George Street outside Metzudat Ze’ev, home to the Likud headquarters, to protest against the government.

Protesters started fires in the street, including burning a tent with the words “no house” written on it. Israel Police forces were brought to the scene, many on horseback.

Police said the protest was illegal, and three arrests were made at the scene.

Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protest near the Hakirya Air Base in Tel Aviv, June 22, 2024. (Credit: TOMER NEUBERG/FLASH90)

Following the incident in which Cohen was pushed, the Israeli police issued a statement of apology saying they were “sorry for the incident that took place in the heat of the axis evacuation”.

The Israeli police apologize for the violent incident

“The work of journalists deserves appreciation and is important for covering events. We will make efforts to allow them to carry out their work safely to prevent the recurrence of similar cases in the future,” the statement continued.

“The work of journalists deserves appreciation and is important for covering events, we will make efforts to allow them to carry out their work safely to prevent the recurrence of similar cases in the future,” he concluded.

Police ‘cross the line’

N12 responded by condemning the attack and asking the police to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the case.

In an interview on the N12 program “Hetzi Chatzot” following the incident, Cohen explained that the police overstepped the bounds and described the events that took place.

“We are always careful at every demonstration not to interfere with the police and the demonstrators,” Cohen said. The incident “crossed all the lines and unfortunately we were attacked. A policeman pushed us even though we identified ourselves as journalists – it was impossible to lose the microphone. A few minutes before the shooting, the policeman on the horse almost ran us over. .”

After Cohen tried to avoid being hit by the mounted police officer, she was pushed.

Opposition leader MP Yair Lapid condemned the incident on X and responded that “there is no reason for a police officer to act with such violence towards any civilian. Certainly not to a working journalist”.

He asked the police commissioner to take action.

“Where is the police commissioner? Where is the high command in the field? All boundaries have been crossed. It cannot continue like this,” he added.