2 injured as electric scooter smashes into Tel Aviv ’55 Years of Occupation’ protest

Two women were slightly injured on Saturday evening when an electric scooter driver crashed into a “55 years of occupation” demonstration in Tel Aviv.

The injured protesters were taken to the city’s Ichilov Medical Center for treatment.

The demonstration took place in Habima Square, in the center of the city.

It was not immediately clear if the accident was deliberate and the biker was taken into police custody for questioning, Maariv reported.

Joint List lawmakers denounced the incident as a deliberate attack fueled by recent moves against displaying the Palestinian flag inside Israeli territory.

Palestinian flags were waved during the demonstration in Tel Aviv.

Joint List party leader MK Ayman Odeh and fellow party member MK Aida Touma-Sliman, who were both present at the protest, went to visit the injured women in hospital.

Odeh blamed the incident on “incitement” against the Palestinian flag, and pointed to a bill passed in a preliminary reading by opposition parties in the Knesset earlier this month that aims to ban the flag waving in institutions that receive state funding.

“The vote and incitement against the flag has reached the streets,” Odeh said at the hospital.

“This shocking attack is a direct result of savage incitement against all who oppose occupation and apartheid, and racist laws like the flag law,” Touma-Sliman tweeted, referring to legislation.

Another Joint List member, Ofer Cassif, said, “This is what is caused by the systematic incitement against the Palestinians and the left.

In recent weeks, the Israeli authorities have done everything possible to challenge the hoisting of the Palestinian flag.

At a funeral in East Jerusalem last month, police for prominent Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh snatched Palestinian flags from mourners, reportedly following an order of a district police chief to ensure that Palestinian colors did not fly politically charged event.

Additionally, two Israeli universities have come under fire for allowing the waving of Palestinian flags at campus events.

A group promoting coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis hoisted the Palestinian flag alongside the Israeli flag on a high-rise building outside Tel Aviv, only to have authorities remove the Palestinian flag hours later.

Earlier this month road safety lobby group Or Yarok reported that in 2021 there had been a 34% increase in the number of crashes reported to police involving electric scooters and an increase in 25% of reported injuries.

Last year, 1,364 people were hospitalized for injuries caused by electric scooters or bicycles, according to the Gerner Institute at Sheba Tel-HaShomer Medical Center, Ynet reported.

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