Domestic Affairs

Protests against judicial reform continue in Israel

by Anadolu Agency

Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets Saturday to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing policies and a plan that would restrict the powers of the judiciary.

Israelis have held demonstrations every Saturday against the judicial regulation of the extreme right-wing coalition government led by Netanyahu.

They were on the streets again Saturday in the ninth consecutive week of protests held in dozens of cities, including Tel Aviv, Haifa, West Jerusalem, Beersheba, Netanya and Bat Yam.

Proposed by Justice Minister Yariv Levin, the reform plan, if enacted, would be the most radical change ever in the system of government in Israel.

The change would severely limit the power of the Supreme Court of Justice, give the government the power to choose judges and end the appointment of legal advisers to ministries by the attorney general.

Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, has insisted his plan would enhance democracy.

Anadolu Agency
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