In the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, many people once again took to the streets to protest against the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu. Local media, according to the police, reports about a hundred thousand people, the largest protest to date. Former Prime Minister Lapid also joined the protest.
Protests were also held in other cities. In Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba, among others, demonstrators took to the streets. Israeli flags were raised in the crowd in Tel Aviv. There were also references to texts such as “Our children will not live under a dictatorship” and “Israel we have a problem”.
demonstrators against repairs that the government wants to implement. This should result in the Supreme Court being given less power. It is the third week in a row that the demonstrations took place last weekend Up to tens of thousands On the streets of Tel Aviv.
According to the government, judges and legal advisors have significant influence over legislation. Netanyahu says he will continue with the changes despite opposition.
He dismissed the protests as a refusal by the left’s opponents to accept the election results. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party emerged as a big winner in November’s parliamentary elections and thereafter The most right-wing and ultra-religious government has been formed.
The changes mean, among other things, that the Supreme Court no longer gets involved if there is a majority in parliament for a law, even if that law conflicts with existing statutes. Therefore critics fear for the rights of minorities, such as Palestinians and LGBT people.
The changes could also allow Netanyahu, who is suspected of bribery, to avoid a possible conviction or even drop his case altogether.
“This is a protest to defend the country,” opposition leader and former prime minister Lapid told the Associated Press. “The people are here to protect democracy.”
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