IN PICTURES: Thousands of Israelis continue protesting against Netanyahu
Thousands of protestors took to the streets in Israel late Saturday, insisting on the departure of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been indicted for corruption, reported Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
In West Jerusalem, thousands gathered outside the Prime Minister’s official residence, while hundreds more demonstrated in other parts of Israel including Caesarea, where Netanyahu has a house.
Protests insisting that Netanyahu resign over several corruption indictments and his handling of the novel coronavirus crisis has been mounting in recent weeks.
They generally take place on Saturdays after Shabbat and in spite of the concerns over crowds gathering, as the nation faces a spike in coronavirus cases.
Ya’ara Peretz braved a heatwave in Jerusalem to rally, explaining that the protest movement shows how many Israelis are fed up with Netanyahu.
“Demonstrators share a common point, they want a big change in the political system,” she said.
Israel won tribute for its initial response to the Covid-19 outbreak. However, the Israeli government has come under criticism amidst a resurgence in cases after restrictions were lifted starting in late April.
Netanyahu has admitted that the economy was re-opened too quickly.
On Thursday, Israel declared a new lockdown affecting 30 areas as it grapples with one of the world’s leading detected per capita infection rates and a death toll nearing 1,000.
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