1000’s Protest In Israel Towards Benjamin Netanyahu’s New Authorities

Thousands Protest In Israel Against Benjamin Netanyahu's New Government

Netanyahu, 73, has served as premier longer than anybody in Israeli historical past.

Tel Aviv:

1000’s of Israelis protested on Saturday towards Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new authorities, thought to be essentially the most right-wing in Israeli historical past, an AFP correspondent mentioned.

Protesters brandished indicators with slogans together with “Democracy in peril” and “Collectively towards fascism and apartheid” within the coastal metropolis of Tel Aviv.

Some waved Israeli and rainbow flags whereas others held a big banner studying “crime minister” — a slogan broadly utilized by Israelis throughout common demonstrations towards Netanyahu in previous years.

Following his November 1 election win, Netanyahu took workplace late final month on the head of a coalition with extreme-right and ultra-Orthodox Jewish events, a few of whose officers now head key ministries.

It features a politician who late final 12 months admitted tax evasion and a clutch of far-right personalities, together with one who as soon as stored a portrait in his residence of a person who massacred scores of Palestinian worshippers.

Netanyahu, 73, who himself is preventing corruption expenses in court docket, had already served as premier longer than anybody in Israeli historical past, main the nation from 1996-1999 and 2009-2021.

“My grandparents got here to Israel to construct right here one thing superb… We do not wish to really feel that our democracy is disappearing, that the Supreme Courtroom will likely be destroyed,” mentioned a lawyer among the many protesters who gave his title solely as Assaf.

“Extremists are beginning to deploy their forces and it isn’t the bulk,” mentioned protester Omer, a employee in Tel Aviv’s tech sector.

The brand new authorities has introduced intentions to pursue a coverage of settlement enlargement within the occupied West Financial institution and perform social reforms which have anxious members and supporters of the LGBTQ neighborhood.

Israel’s new justice minister this week introduced a reform programme together with a “derogation clause” permitting parliament to override selections of the Supreme Courtroom.

Opposition chief Yair Lapid denounced the reforms, saying on Twitter that it “endangers all the authorized system of the State of Israel”.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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