The Constitution Committee discusses the restriction of demonstrations; Clashes between police and demonstrators outside the Knesset


The Knesset’s Constitution Committee convenes today (Tuesday) to approve the amendments to the “Great Corona Law” in preparation for its final approval in the Knesset plenum in the second and third readings. The committee discussed this issue last Friday, but the committee’s chairman, MK Yaakov Asher (Torah Judaism), was forced to dissolve the yeshiva because no agreement was reached.

Demonstration Law: Stormy protests outside the Knesset // Photos: Photos: “The Black Flags”, “Crime Minster”

At the request of the prime minister, Likud members withdrew their reservations, but MK Shaked, who represents the right-wing faction, refused to withdraw their reservations. Committee members finished voting, and all reservations were removed.

A heated confrontation in a debate between MK Shlomo Qara of the Likud and MK Eli Avidar of Yisrael Beiteinu. “The law was not passed, but demonstrators were arrested violently and illegally outside the Knesset,” said MK Avidar. MK Qarai attacked and said, “I would have arrested you as well.” Avidar did not remain obligated and replied: “You are a member of a crime family, little Pushtek. You are not even a toy criminal. It wears a kippah? Your family is ashamed of you.” Later, when MK Qarai presented a reservation of Jewish power, Avidar added: “Join the anarchists of Jewish power, you are an anarchist clown.”

Meanwhile, dozens of protesters are protesting outside the Knesset, in protest of the intention to pass the law restricting the demonstrations. A convoy of vehicles is expected to arrive in the Knesset area later. Police said forces were deployed in the area. City inspectors who acted at the site to remove signs accompanied by police officers were attacked by some of the protesters by various means and sticks. The police detained for questioning a suspect who attacked one of the policewomen with a stick, wounding her in the lower part of her body and in her hand. The protesters referred to the incident, claiming that police “violently attacked demonstrators who were trying to hang a sign on a nearby fence.”

The limitations discussed by the committee

The main section of the bill gives the government the power to declare a special state of emergency in order to impose further restrictions on the public, in order to reduce the severity of the harm to its health.

Restrictions proposed by law: maintaining a distance in public space of up to two meters, prohibiting the gathering of no more than 20 people in an open space, and no more than 10 in a closed building, regulations restricting the operation of educational institutions and prohibiting their opening to students, and regulations Public to a minimal extent.

However, the regulations stipulate that the government will not declare a special state of emergency due to the corona virus until after it has been presented with the position of the Minister of Health and a professional opinion from the Ministry of Health establishing the existence of the serious health condition. The duration of this emergency will be seven days, and it will be possible to extend it to 21 days. With the approval of the Constitution Committee, it will be possible to extend the regulations for additional periods not to exceed 14 days each.

Regarding participation in demonstrations, the regulations stipulate that “the government may impose a restriction on gatherings in demonstrations, prayers or religious ceremonies, including a limit on the number of people participating in a gathering that is not less than a restriction on gatherings established under this sub-paragraph. To completely prevent a gathering at a demonstration, prayer or religious ceremony. “

It should be noted that on Tuesday the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health gave up on the attempt to approve in the government the emergency regulations intended to reduce the demonstrations, following the delay in passing them in the Constitution Committee. The issue led to a confrontation in the government last week, after it was made clear in blue and white that they would vehemently oppose Minister Edelstein’s proposal to approve emergency regulations for only a few days, to prevent mass demonstrations that would cause the public not to respect the closure.

Meanwhile, the “Black Flags” movement held protest vigils last night in front of the homes of Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Defense Minister Bnei Gantz and also Health Minister Yuli Edelstein.

“Blue and white will officially become Likud B tomorrow,” the movement said. “The passage of legislation that allows a corrupt prime minister to stop the demonstrations against him, along with treatment that is a complete failure in Corona – these two are a complete betrayal of their constituents and the values ​​on which the Knesset was elected.”

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