Contrary to the experts’ instructions, demonstrations were held last night (Monday) initiated by the “Black Flags” protesters in front of the homes of the Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn, Health Minister Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Blue and White faction chairman , MK Eitan Ginzburg. The demonstrations were held in the shadow of a debate that is expected to take place in the Knesset, the purpose of which is to reduce and limit the demonstrations even more than the restrictions that have already been set on the subject.
A demonstration of the “black flags” in front of Yuli Edelstein’s house. Photo: “The Black Flags”
The “black flags” said that “blue and white will officially become Likud B tomorrow. Gantz and Ashkenazi promised two things when they entered the government: treating Corona and preserving democracy. Passing legislation that allows a corrupt prime minister to stop demonstrations against him, along with treating it as a complete failure.” “These two are a complete betrayal of their constituents and the values on the basis of which they were elected to the Knesset. Gantz and Ashkenazi have more time to repent and not eliminate Israeli democracy – let them wake up.”
They added that “this is something that does not sound like it in a democracy – they say it is because of the corona, but we all know it was done contrary to the recommendation of professionals. We heard Gamzo say that this decision made him nauseous. The truth is that it is Netanyahu’s attempt to silence the protest.”
As will be recalled, the controversy regarding the holding of the demonstrations provoked a severe dispute between the Knesset members and the ministers. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, a few days ago, referred to the general closure, and the right to demonstrate in particular, and argued that “the right to demonstrate is a fundamental right in the State of Israel, which is part of the core democratic values of the state.” Certainly in violation of vital public interests. The law known as the “Corona Law” set various restrictions that can be imposed in order to deal with the epidemic, while at the same time anchoring a special status for a number of issues, including the right to demonstrate, while paying attention to the importance of individual freedom of expression.
He added that in accordance with the outline of the Ministry of Health for the demonstrations, “an outline for demonstrations was formulated last weekend, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the police, and legal advice to the government – these regulations were enacted by the government. Through fines, this is in light of the aggravation of the disease and the dangers inherent in it. ”
Dr. Gil Limon, the Attorney General’s assistant, said in an online interview here that “there are problems with banning and preventing demonstrations, but the new restrictions must be applied, including maintaining a two-meter distance between the demonstrators and confirming participation in a protest event up to 1,000 M from the house of the protester. The Great Corona Law states that freedom of demonstration cannot be prevented, but it can be restricted. The decision made is a certain balance, and the demonstrations in Balfour can have a roof of up to 2,000 people. ”
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