Anti-Netanyahu Protests Take Place in 170 Junctions Across Israel

Thousands of demonstrators protested corruption and anti-democratic measures for the third consecutive week

Noa Shpigel
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A "Black Flag" protest on a bridge above a major Israeli highway, July 4, 2020.
A "Black Flag" protest on a bridge above a major Israeli highway, July 4, 2020. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Noa Shpigel

A series of protests took place across Israel on Saturday evening with thousands of “Black Flag” protesters congregating on some 170 of the country’s largest bridges and junctions for the third consecutive week.

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Police arrested ten demonstrators after disrupting public order, according to the police spokesperson. This came after several hundred demonstrators began blocked a traffic lane at the Shamgar and Jeremiah Street junction and threw barriers, stones and other objects stones and various objects at police officers, the police added.

The demonstrators are protesting against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on trial for alleged corruption and has been accused by critics of subverting democracy by attacking the justice system, law enforcement and the media. 

Of those arrested were two Or Akiva residents, both in their twenties, after they threw eggs at protesters gathered at the Binyamina junction from a moving car on Saturday. 

Protest organizers said: "A straight line runs between government corruption and the failure to address the coronavirus crisis. When the prime minister is busy with hiring lawyers, tax breaks for his family and escaping the law, he has no leisure or interest in the citizens of the state. The State of Israel cannot emerge from the crisis it entered into when it is headed by a bad manager who is busy with his criminal affairs.”

Noga Ronen, an organizer of two of the protests in the Hula Valley said "We grew from 40 participants to 200, and this is just the beginning."  

Last week, thousands of protesters demonstrated across dozens of junctions and highways across the country as part of the "Black Flag" movement against the prime minister. 

Aaron Rabinowitz contributed to this story. 

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