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Thousands of Israelis rallied again on Saturday evening in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv amid a massive anti-government movement calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
10,000 protesters gathered on Saturday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence, and thousands more across the country in demonstrations against the government for the fourth week in a row.
Anti-government protests set to take place in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Thursday evening will go ahead as scheduled hours after police asked Israel Supreme Court not to block the demonstrations.
Coalition whip Miki Zohar, who spoke before Netanyahu, warned that „the right to protest cannot be allowed to become the right to contract the coronavirus.“ He called the left-wing „dangerous“ and attacked the Likud’s senior coalition partner – Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party – for „urgently“ defending the right to protest.
Meanwhile, dozens of the far-right extremist group La Familia, composed of fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, gathered at Jerusalem’s Hatachana outdoor mall complex.
This came after the group said it would hold a counter-protest to support the premier and to show the „leftist wimps“ that the „rules of the game have changed.“
At exactly 12:30 A.M. the order was given for the police to move into action. It was issued by the commander of Jerusalem’s Moriah district police department, which is responsible for an area of the city that includes the site of the regular demonstrations opposite the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence. The consequences of the order were rather dramatic.
Die Demonstranten versammelten sich vor der Residenz des Ministerpräsidenten in Jerusalem. Dabei schwenkten sie Plakate mit Aufschriften wie „Du bist korrupt, wir haben genug von Dir“ und „Wo bleibt die Moral?“
Auch in Tel Aviv gingen tausende Menschen gegen Netanjahu auf die Straße.
Thousands of protesters held anti-government demonstrations on Saturday in Jerusalem in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence, in Caesarea in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s private home, and at some 250 intersections throughout the country.
In Jerusalem, over five thousand protesters gathered on Balfour Street, across from Netanyahu’s official residence. A group of some 20 right-wing activists participated in a counter-protesting nearby.
Fences and roadblocks were placed Thursday night around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s private house in Caesarea, as well as around all houses adjacent to his home, Hebrew-language outlet Walla News reported.
A counter-protest by Netanyahu supporters drew some 200 Likud activists nearby, joined by a few dozen La Familia members. When the right-wing protest dispersed, the La Familia members allegedly split up into a number of groups and began wandering the nearby streets and looking for the left-wing protesters. In at least five cases, according to protesters’ allegations, they physically attacked demonstrators, and in many other cases cursed and insulted activists – focusing mostly on women. They also sang songs denouncing former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by a right-wing extremist in 1995.
Police arrested 55 demonstrators Thursday night as thousands of anti-government protesters gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem, calling for his resignation over his corruption charges and what they call a mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis and assault on democracy.
Over a thousand protesters are demonstrating Saturday evening outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau’s official residence in Jerusalem, calling for his resignation over his corruption charges for the fourth time this week.
Police have closed the central thoroughway of Jaffa street to traffic and erected barriers to prevent protesters from nearing Netanyahu’s residence.
‚We’re young and no longer willing to shut up and be nice,‘ says one of the thousands of demonstrators who turned up near the Prime Minister’s Residence angry and bold
Thousands of Israelis protested outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday (July 14), demanding his resignation over what they say has been an inept government response to the coronavirus crisis as well as his corruption trial.
Israeli police have clashed with protesters outside Benjamin Netanyahu’s house, as the embattled prime minister faces heightened criticism for alleged corruption and his government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Jerusalem municipal officials, accompanied by police, arrived outside the premier’s residence and began to dismantle tents of a protest camp that had been erected weeks ago by people calling for Netanyahu to resign.
Thousands demand Netanyahu’s resignation over corruption charges ■ Man suspected being undercover police officer beaten by protesters
Around 2,000 protesters arrived at the rally under the moniker “Bastille Day,” named after the July 14th French National Day which commemorates the storming of a grand fortress — an event that launched the French Revolution in 1789.
Netanyahu has been drawing criticism not only for his alleged misconduct in the three corruption cases against him, but also for his attacks on the attorney general, the media, law enforcement and the judiciary in his arguments that the charges against him are baseless.
Protesters have also demanded further investigation into allegations of impropriety in the purchase of submarines from Germany.
For the second consecutive day, police and city inspector cleared out a protest encampment across the street from the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem. Law enforcement confiscated equipment and clashed with protesters; two of whom were wounded and taken to the hospital.