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Another massive protest against the far-right government of Israel

Another massive protest against the far-right government of Israel

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In the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, people once again took to the streets to protest against the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu. Local media, according to the police, reports about a hundred thousand people, the largest protest so far. Former Prime Minister Lapid also joined the protest.

Protests were also held in other cities. Demonstrators gathered in Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba, among others. Demonstrators in Tel Aviv carried Israeli flags. There were also references to texts such as “Our children will not live under a dictatorship” and “Israel we have a problem”.

demonstrators against repairs that the government wants to implement. This should result in the Supreme Court being given less power. It is the third week in a row that the demonstrations took place last weekend Up to tens of thousands On the streets of Tel Aviv.

The issue became even more important after the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a minister from Netanyahu’s new government must resign from office. It concerns Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party. He was convicted of tax fraud last year.

Netanyahu has not yet responded to the court’s decision to dismiss his right-hand man, Deri.

Netanyahu continues

According to the government, judges and legal advisors have significant influence over legislation. Netanyahu says he will continue the changes despite opposition to the proposed policy.

The changes mean, among other things, that the Supreme Court no longer gets involved if there is a majority in parliament for a law, even if it contradicts existing laws. As a result, critics fear for the rights of minorities, such as Palestinians and LGBT people.

The changes could also allow Netanyahu, who is suspected of bribery, to avoid a possible conviction or even drop his case altogether.

“This is a protest to defend the country,” opposition leader and former prime minister Lapid told the Associated Press. “The people are here to protect democracy.”