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.
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.”
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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."
Aaron Rabinowitz contributed to this story.