A spectator flung a shoe at Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish during a court session on medical cannabis on Wednesday, knocking the 67-year-old judge off her chair.

A second shoe missed its target. The assailant was immediately detained by police. Witnesses said he called Ms. Beinish “corrupt” as he threw his shoe at her.

Ms. Beinish’s husband said his wife was “okay” after the incident, even though the shoe hit her in the eye and the nose.

She was set to return to the court session shortly after the incident, he said, since she was not in the habit of suspending court hearings for which people had waited for months.

Shoe throwing as a means of protest became popular after an Iraqi journalist, angered at the 2003 US-led invasion of his country, flung his footwear at former US President George W Bush in 2008.

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