Police, Demonstrators Clash as Hundreds Protest Against Netanyahu for 24th Consecutive Week

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An anti-Netanyahu protest march between Ramat Gan and Givatayim, December 3, 2020
An anti-Netanyahu protest march between Ramat Gan and Givatayim, December 3, 2020Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

Hundreds of Israelis across the country took to the streets on Thursday for the 24th consecutive week of protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with clashes between police and demonstrators erupting in Tel Aviv. 

Along with demonstrations at intersections and bridges, around the country, protesters marched in several cities, including Carmiel, Yokneam and Pardes Hanna,  with many shouldering inflatable submarines and others waving trademark pink flags.

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In Tel Aviv, police and demonstrators clashed as dozens marched through the city. One protester was briefly detained.  Meanwhile, another 200 people protested separately from the anti-Netanyahu contingent in opposition to the Health Ministry's coronavirus restrictions. 

Around 150 demonstrators also marched from the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan to another in Givatayim, while Ness Ziona held its local weekly demonstration, after the localities both saw violence during protests in past weeks.

In front of the dozens of demonstrators in Ness Ziona, a group of the prime minister's supporters also turned up, wielding signs with captions: "Traitor leftists." Another held a sign condemning Crime Minister activist Sadi Ben Shitrit. One counter-protester called out to the group: "Sadi will be burned, amen, and we hope you will burn too."

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