Israelis, who hold mass demonstrations every Saturday evening against the controversial judicial regulation and right-wing policies of the Netanyahu government in Israel, were again in the squares across the country in the 34th week of the protests.
Tens of thousands of Israelis participated in demonstrations in dozens of different points across the country, especially in cities such as Tel Aviv, West Jerusalem, Haifa and Herzliya.
Protesters carrying Israeli flags chanted “democracy” with drums, whistles and air horns.
The demonstrators, who opened a giant banner with a main slogan every week on Kaplan Street, carried a banner with the inscription “Let the country burn”, along with a photo of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu this week.
48 Response to the increasing murders of Arabs
As every week, the protesters in Tel Aviv, where the highest turnout took place, focused on the “government indifference and negligence” against the increasing killings in the Israeli Arab community.
Protesters marched from Habima Square to Kaplan Street, wearing white clothing representing the shroud and carrying symbolic coffins, to protest the murder of 159 Palestinians this year.
The demonstrators gathered in front of the Government Complex on Kaplan Street led to an increase in organized crime-related murders among Israeli Arabs (48 Arabs) in 2023, when far-right Itamar Ben-Gvir, who was criticized for his anti-Arab and racist rhetoric, was appointed to the Ministry of National Security responsible for law enforcement in the country. showed their reaction.
Some protesters in Tel Aviv also carried “Sorry Mohammed” placards in solidarity with the Palestinians against Ben-Gvir’s racist remarks about Palestinian freedom of movement.
With the phrase “I’m sorry Mohammed,” Ben-Gvir used the phrase “I, my wife and my children have the right to travel in the West Bank more important than the Arabs’ right to travel, in the West Bank. but it’s true.” referenced his words.
On the other hand, demonstrators in West Jerusalem gathered on Azza Street, near Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence.
Controversial judicial regulation
The “judicial reform” announced by Israeli Minister of Justice Yariv Levin on January 5 includes changes such as limiting the powers of the Supreme Court and the power to have a say in judicial appointments.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on March 27 that he was postponing the judicial regulation, which caused increasing mass protests and strikes across the country, but announced that they would bring the judicial regulation back to the agenda after the 2023-2024 budget was passed by the Parliament at the end of May.
The government had recently pushed the button again for judicial regulation after negotiations with the opposition stalled.
The Netanyahu government adopted the bill that would lift the Supreme Court’s control over the government, in a parliamentary session on July 24, which was boycotted by the opposition, despite mass protests and intense public debate across the country.
Opposing the government’s “judicial reform”; Thousands of Israelis, including fighter pilots, submarine officers, and other elite troops, had decided to leave their voluntary reservists.
The Supreme Court announced that the government would discuss the two laws passed by the Parliament in the judicial regulation in September.
Names who held high positions in politics, army, security, economy and judiciary in Israel declared that they were against the government’s judicial regulation.
The protest movement of the Netanyahu government against judicial regulation has been continuing its demonstrations for about 8 months.