The amendment to the “Great Corona Law”, which defines the government’s emergency powers during the crisis, was required because its previous wording law exempted the right to demonstrate and prevented the possibility of restriction as part of the fight against the spread of the virus. The new amendment authorizes the government to restrict the exit from the place of residence also for the purpose of a demonstration.
According to the amendment, a “special state of emergency” that the government can declare in order to limit the demonstrations will last a week, but the declaration it can extend for additional periods of a week, up to 21 days in total. Although the Constitution Committee will be able to cancel the declaration retrospectively, with the approval of the committee, the government will also be able to extend the declaration for additional periods of two weeks, as long as the closure regulations are in force. Even in a “special state of emergency” to be declared during a closure, it will not be possible to completely prevent prayers, demonstrations or a religious ceremony, but it will be possible to set restrictions on the gathering in them, including a limit on the number of participants.
A sharp confrontation was registered in the plenum between the chairman of the coalition, Miki Zohar (Likud), and MK Adir Kamal Mariach (Yesh Atid). After concluding her speech in the plenum, in which she addressed her son, Zohar, who chaired the discussion, told her: “You read a really quiet, calm and relaxed speech to your little son, who was one of the most disgusting and disgusting speeches I heard in the Knesset of Israel.”
Kamal Smells told him in response: “Do you think it respects your status? Say you are not ashamed ?! You are ashamed of your status.”
MK Zohar replied: “I am ashamed that my son will hear me speak like this as a public figure. Words so reprehensible, so disrespectful, certainly not democratic. ”
Kamal Smell did not remain obligated and said: “The day I need someone like Mickey Makhlouf Zohar to hand me grades, it will not happen. My darling you got confused. Respect the place you sit. Tell me my words are reports? You got confused.”
The vote in the plenum tonight was preceded by a discussion in the Constitution Committee, which took place yesterday after the coalition failed to complete the legislative process before Yom Kippur, even then after lengthy nightly discussions. Before Shabbat began, the Likud tried to promote an initiative to approve emergency regulations, through which it would be possible to bypass the Knesset and restrict demonstrations, but this was not possible due to a blue-and-white refusal.
Before tonight’s vote, opposition leader Yair Lapid (There is a Future) said: “I came to find out if I am still allowed to speak in the plenum, because this is the next step. We will be told that because of the corona – I am not allowed to stand and speak here on behalf of the opposition. I ask my friends in blue and white – what will happen if you tell Netanyahu that you are not ready and that this is contrary to the agreements that have been signed? What will happen to you if you say no? What are you afraid of? “The whole issue of demonstrations is meant to distract from the terrible failure to deal with Corona.”
Lapid added: “We will neutralize the Knesset of Israel all night to make sure that no one can stand outside in capsules of 20 people with masks.”
In order to prevent the discussion from being delayed even further, and in light of blue-and-white opposition, the Likud yesterday withdrew in the committee’s deliberations on the draft law the reservation they themselves submitted, which sought to allow demonstrations to be restricted even after the closure, and throughout the Corona crisis.
Although the Likud withdrew from the proposal, the “right” representative on the committee, Ayelet Shaked, continued to demand that demonstrations be restricted even after the closure. She said before the hearing: “The Nissenkorn-Netanyahu government links the restriction of demonstrations to a general closure, thus effectively pushing tens of thousands into unnecessary unemployment. Nissenkorn is not willing to restrict demonstrations without a full closure. Netanyahu is not willing to not restrict demonstrations. Their conclusion: close everything to “There will be no demonstrations. This connection must be severed.”
Following the withdrawal of the Likud’s reservations and the rejection of thousands of other reservations submitted by members of the opposition, the Constitution Committee approved the amendment to the law for a second and third reading.
Shai Hadas, one of the leaders of the “Prime Minister” organization, said last night after the amendment to the law was approved by the Constitution Committee: “Zionism is dying and breathing its last breaths in the Knesset of Israel. They must not be allowed to vote in the plenum. To oppose the dictatorship and join the protest outside the Knesset. “
During and after the discussion in the committee, demonstrations took place outside the Knesset yesterday with the participation of hundreds of people. Police clashed with protesters who tried to hang posters on the fence of one of the government offices across from the synagogue. Police said a suspect who attacked one of the policewomen with a stick and wounded her in the lower body with her hand was detained for questioning.
Three more protesters were later arrested, who according to police attacked city inspectors and police officers who had come to remove signs. One of the detainees is Brigadier General (Res.) Assaf Agmon. A protest convoy of vehicles also left Latrun and arrived in Jerusalem. The demonstrators surrounded the streets near the Knesset with horns and flags as a sign of protest. .
The “Black Flags” said: “Two things were promised to the people of Israel by Gantz and Ashkenazi – treatment of the corona and preservation of democracy. Now that the treatment of the corona turned out to be a diligent failure, he joined Netanyahu, Hauser and Handel to eliminate democracy. “For the elimination of democracy. Resign. Dispersal the Knesset and will not be remembered as the one who destroyed Israeli democracy. Those who did not want to accept the demonstrations in Balfour – are going to accept the people of Israel revolt in the streets of Israel.”
The “Black Flags” organization accused the police of violence, and said in response to the incident that “the Netanyahu police continue their uncompromising violence against anyone who does not support the Netanyahu regime. Blue and white should look at these pictures and understand the magnitude of the hour. Netanyahu is trying to violently shatter democracy Stop him. “
MKs Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) and Ofer Kasif (joint list), who participated in the committee’s deliberations, as well as MK Yair Golan (Meretz), went out to speak in front of the protesters. Horowitz said: In Russia and Iran. “
It was not just outside the Knesset that the winds were stormy. During the discussion in the Constitution Committee, a confrontation developed between MK Eli Avidar (Yisrael Beiteinu) and MK Shlomo Karai (Likud). MK Avidar said that “the law has not been approved yet, and yet protesters are being arrested outside the Knesset in violation of the law.” Karai told him: “I would arrest you as well.” Avidar replied: “You are a member of a crime family. A small pushtech. You’re just a toy criminal. “
MK Avidar later said: “I received a threatening message on Saturday night, in which an Internet surfer wrote to me that I deserved a bullet in the head. He is arrested, but I am not surprised, after the prime minister and ministers act like members of a criminal organization. You have lowered this country to unparalleled lowlands. “
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