On Thursday evening, in more than a thousand places throughout Israel, there were demonstrations against Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies and demanded that he resign. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, most demonstrations took place in the streets, intersections, and roundabouts in the neighborhoods where the protesters live. Only in Tel Aviv were there large demonstrations with several thousand participants.
More and more the protesters are a cross-section of the inhabitants of the country, young and old, families with children, as in the video below in the neighborhood where I live.
It is also striking that people keep their distance and wear a mouth mask, despite the extreme heat on Thursday when it was 36 * Celsius during the demonstrations, which started at 5.30 pm.
The “Black Flag” movement behind most of the demonstrations has announced that Saturday night the demonstrations will be massive in character and expect hundreds of thousands of Israelis to participate.
“Every day Netanyahu is Prime Minister is a day that costs the Israeli economy billions of Shekels,” the group said in a statement, citing the restrictions on businesses as part of the national lockdown and the position of all pundits who say that the shutdown will be closed. cities with a high rate of infection is the only option that works, rather than shutting down the entire country.
In addition to Israeli and black flags, many protesters carried signs off stickers with the word “Go” in Hebrew, a reference to Netanyahu’s resignation.
The videos below are from Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem and Ibn Gvirol street in Tel Aviv.
The videos below are from Jaffo and Rabin square in the center of Tel Aviv
According to Hebrew media reports, a protester was slightly injured during a protest at Bar Ilan Bridge in central Israel after being attacked with pepper spray. He was taken to nearby Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan for treatment. Police have investigated the incident.
Later in the evening, hundreds of protesters start a march through Tel Aviv, which was not announced in advance and was turned a blind eye by the police.
Two people were arrested for not following directions by police and dozens were fined for not wearing a face mask.
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