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Jerusalemite Accused of Throwing Tea

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A Jerusalem man has been charged with deliberately throwing a cup of hot tea in the face of Labor Knesset member Yael Dayan last week in Hebron.

The incident occurred when Dayan, who suffered burns on her face and chest, arrived at the Tomb of the Patriarchs with other members of the Knesset committee on the status of women.

The man, Yisrael Lederman, maintains that he was pushed from behind and did not deliberately throw the hot tea. He also accused the police of suppressing evidence that supports his claim.

Police requested that Lederman be detained. He was previously convicted of murdering an Arab person from eastern Jerusalem, and was granted early release from prison after serving four years of a 20-year sentence.

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