Thousands of people took to the streets in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Saturday night. They are demonstrating against the new far-right government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The demonstrators gathered in the center of the Israeli coastal town and paraded through the streets. They waved Israeli flags and carried banners with texts against the far-right government, which was installed at the end of December.
According to the organizers, the protests are aimed at, among other things, the plans of the new Minister of Justice, Yariv Levin, to weaken the judiciary. For example, a majority of Parliament must be able to pass a law, even if the Supreme Court decides that it violates the Constitution. Levin also wants to change the composition of the institute that appoints judges.
“We will not let our country collapse. We will continue to fight for our democracy,” Merav Michaeli of the Social Democratic Workers’ Party, who took part in the demonstration, wrote on Twitter. “If we don’t take to the streets, we will lose our democracy,” protester Huey Boim told reporters.
According to observers, Israel currently has the most right-wing government the country has ever known. The alliance is based, among others, on the Religious Zionist Party. He strongly opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state and wants to annex more occupied lands through illegal settlements.
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