“The state prosecution was set to indict Pinchas Cohen in the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday morning, on suspicion of attacking Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch the previous day. The 52-year-old Jerusalem resident apparently threw two of his sneakers at the chief justice as she presided over a court hearing, striking her in the face with the first shoe and knocking her off her chair as the second whizzed past. Cohen was arrested directly after the incident. Beinisch, who returned to work about an hour-and-a-half later, was shaken up and slightly bruised in the incident, which broke her glasses and sparked chaos in the courtroom and outer foyer of the High Court building, which is located in the capital’s government quarter. Cohen entered the courtroom around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, asked a bystander if the woman sitting on the bench was in fact ‘the president’ and then hurled his shoes in her direction after receiving a positive response. ‘You’re corrupt! You’ve ruined our lives!’ Cohen reportedly yelled during the attack.
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