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.
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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.