Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Thousands of Israelis are protesting against the new policies of the Israeli government

TEL AVIV, Israel ( Associated Press) — Thousands of Israelis took to the streets Saturday night to protest plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government that critics say are a threat to democracy and freedom.

Protesters gathered in the central city of Tel Aviv, days after the most right-wing and religiously conservative government in the country’s 74-year history was sworn in.

A banner read, “The township government is against me.” Another banner read: “Housing, Livelihood, Hope”. Many protesters waved rainbow flags.

The protest was led by Arab and left-wing members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. They say that the schemes proposed by the new cabinet will hamper the judicial system and widen the social gap.

Left-wing protesters criticized Justice Minister Yariv Levin, who on Wednesday unveiled a long-sought government reform of the justice system aimed at weakening the country’s highest court.

Critics accused the government of declaring war on the legal system, saying the plan would replace Israel’s system of checks and balances and undermine its democratic institutions by giving absolute power to the new ruling coalition.

“We really fear that our country is going to lose democracy and go into a dictatorship because of a man who wants to avoid prosecution,” said 77-year-old protester Danny Simon from Yavne, south of Tel Aviv. He was referring to Netanyahu, who was indicted in 2021 on corruption charges, charges he denies.

Protesters also called for peace and coexistence between Jews and Arabs living in the country.

“We can see a lot of laws right now against the rights of the LGBTQ community, against the Palestinians, against the largest minorities in Israel,” said Roula Daud of “Standing Together”, a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews. “We are here to say clearly that we all, Arab and Jewish and the different communities within Israel, demand peace, equality and justice.”

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