Over a Thousand Protest Against Netanyahu, Far-right Violence in Jerusalem

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Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Jerusalem, today.
Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Jerusalem, today.Credit: Emil Salman

Over a thousand demonstrators gathered near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem Saturday evening, to protest Netanyahu's continued tenure while on trial for corruption and far-right violence in the city.

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The anti-Netanyahu protesters met up with left wing protesters from organizations Peace Now and Free Jerusalem, who also marched across Jerusalem against far-right violence that took place in Jerusalem and the West Bank in recent days.

Lehava, the far-right Jewish extremist group behind last week's violence, said they will be protesting in Zion Square, in downtown Jerusalem. 

Earlier Saturday, dozens protested outside Netanyahu's residence, and police arrested one person for disturbing the peace and blocking traffic arteries.

Israeli police blocked two buses transporting anti-Netanyahu demonstrators from reaching the site of the protest on Saturday and arrested two people for "disturbing public order."

Israel Police blocked two incoming buses transporting protesters from approaching the rally site. Three protesters, who were on the bus, were arrested for disturbing public order and blocking a road next to the Prime Minister's residence.

Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Jerusalem, today.Credit: Emil Salman

Police received a tip-off about the buses before they reached Jerusalem, and moved to stop them before they reached Rehavia, the Jerusalem neighborhood where the prime minister's residence is located.

"We won't withhold the right of any citizen to protest, but we will act against organized public disturbance," the police said in a statement. 

Organizers say they're protesting Netanyahu's denial of the will of the voters and attempts to hold on to power at all costs while he stands trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Organizers from the Crime Minister movement, which organizes protests against Netanyahu, released a statement condemning police violence against protesters. "The police are harassing protesters, and in turn infringing the freedom of expression and right to protest," they said. 

Police breaking up protests outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem todayCredit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Protesters with the 'Black Flag' movement will also attend local protests at intersections and bridges across the country. 

Anti-Netanyahu demonstrations with tens of thousands of attendees have been ongoing for more than 40 weeks, to protest his handling of the coronavirus situation and his refusal to step down while facing a criminal trial for corruption, fraud and bribery charges.  

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