Dozens of Israeli Right-wing Activists Protest 'Supreme Court Meddling'

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A protester near the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, March 24, 2020
A protester near the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, March 24, 2020Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Aaron Rabinowitz
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Dozens of Israeli right-wing activists gathered in front of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem Tuesday to protest what they termed "the Supreme Court's meddling in the work of the Knesset."

The protesters railed against the High Court's ruling on Monday, which ordered Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to hold a vote on his replacement by Wednesday. The demonstration was organized by the right-wing group Im Tirzu.

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"We elected Bibi, not Esther Hayut," the protesters called, referring to Supreme Court President Esther Hayut. Others called on Edelstein not to surrender to "the dictatorship of the court."

In Tuesday's ruling, Hayut wrote that “the continued refusal to allow for a full vote in the Knesset for the election of a permanent Knesset speaker undercuts the foundations of the democratic process."

Edelstein has said that he will bring the matter of choosing a new speaker to the agenda “as soon as possible,” when all the circumstances justify it, any time from the next few days and “no later than when the Knesset convenes to establish a government.” 

In recent days, several left-wing demonstrations have been held across from the Knesset to protest what activists called the weakening of Israel's democracy – including controversial steps taken to battle the coronavirus pandemic like tracking phones. On Tuesday, a convoy of hundreds of cars made its wat to Jerusalem, warning that "it's the end of democracy if we don't wake up."

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