Israel: Protests against judicial reform continued

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Another resounding message against the controversial reform of the judicial system was sent by hundreds of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Israel. According to Israeli media, more than 250,000 citizens participated in yesterday’s demonstrations, which continue for the 11th consecutive week.

In Tel Aviv, protesters waved Israeli flags and held placards with slogans such as “No to dictatorship” and “Israel is not yet Iran”.

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The participation in the mobilizations that took place in Jerusalem and Beersheba was also great.

They have been isolated incidents of clashes between protesters and government supporters Netanyahu, as well as arrests by the police.

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Opposition leader Yair Lapid tweeted that he condemned the escalation of violence, adding that the protesters would not be deterred.

For more than two months, thousands of citizens have been demonstrating against the reforms proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Under these reforms, parliament will be able to overturn Supreme Court decisions with a simple majority. In addition, politicians will gain more influence in the appointment of judges.

Critics believe that these reforms threaten the democratic separation of powers. They also fear they may allow Netanyahu to avoid conviction in his ongoing dispute trial.

The protest movement against the reforms promoted by the prime minister is one of the largest in Israel’s history and includes large sections of society, the German Agency reports, adding that even members of the armed forces have spoken out against the bill: hundreds of reserve officers have announces that as of today they will no longer report for duty.

Source: News Beast

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