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Ultra-Orthodox MK attacked in Jerusalem; assailant tries to cut his beard

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A man tried to cut the beard of MK Meir Porush, a member of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, as the lawmaker left his home in Jerusalem on Monday, according to Hebrew media reports.

The lawmaker, 66, required no medical treatment. Police confirmed the attack on an elected official by two assailants, but did not identify Porush as the victim.

Two men, both in ultra-Orthodox garb, were involved in the attack and were reportedly riding a motorbike. One of the men approached the Knesset member and asked if he was Porush, who responded by confirming his identity. The attacker then tried to cut his beard, an aide to the lawmaker told the Haaretz newspaper.

Porush was able to push the man away, according to reports.

Police opened an investigation and began searching for the suspects who fled the scene on the motorbike.


© The Times of Israel

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