Thousands of Israelis Protest Against Netanyahu in Hundreds of Locations Across Country

In Tel Aviv, march in Rabin Square followed a memorial event commemorating the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yithzak Rabin's assassination

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An ati-Netanyahu demonstration in Jerusalem, November 7, 2020.
Anti-Netanyahu demonstration in Jerusalem, November 7, 2020.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Hundreds of demonstrations took place Saturday night in squares, junctions and on bridges around Israel for the 20th week in a row since the anti-Netanyahu protests began in July.

More than 2,000 protesters marched through Jerusalem, having struck out from Paris Square where more than 2,000 protesters had gathered earlier, near the prime minister's official residence on Balfour Street. Earlier on Saturday evening, hundreds had gathered near one of Netanyahu's private apartments in the city and marched toward his official residence. 

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Protesters outside the U.S. consulate in Tel Aviv chanting “Trump is gone, [Bibi] you’re next"Credit: Bar Peleg

In Tel Aviv, hundreds marched through the streets, chanting "Come down from your balconies, the country is collapsing!" and "Trump is gone, now it's your turn." Hundreds reached the U.S. consulate where they were stopped by authorities, but clashes did not break out.

Saturday evening's marches in Tel Aviv began from several locations. One began in Habima square, and set off in the direction of Dizengoff Street. Another began in Rabin Square immediately following a memorial event which took place there to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Some 300 anti-Netanyahu demonstrators gathered in Horev Square in Haifa. Roughly 100 Netanyahu supporters also gathered in the square.

Anti-Netanyahu protesters march in Tel Aviv, November 7, 2020.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
A demonstration at Horev junction in Haifa, November 7, 2020.Credit: Noa Shpigel
Confrontation between police officers and Netanyahu supporters regarding signs, November 7, 2020. Credit: Noa Shpigel

Confrontations broke out in Haifa when police officers demanded that Netanyahu supporters remove signs that said "Leftists are traitors," with the latter acceding on the condition that signs furnished by anti-Netanyahu demonstrators be removed as well.

Hundreds of protesters also gathered in Caesarea, near the prime minister's private residence. 

The Black Flag movement said they had received reports about 22 separate incidents in which protesters were attacked. In their statement, they said: "Netanyahu's incitement is aimed at terrorizing demonstrators so that they are afraid to go out to demonstrate. We will not be afraid, not of him, not of the good citizens he incites to violence, not of the culture of lies and crime. We will not give up until Bibi resigns."  

On Friday, Likud circulated allegations on social media platforms to the effect that Iran provides support and assistance to anti-Netanyahu protesters, and the story was echoed by News 12 and Israel Today, among others. The allegations are attributed to a report released by Facebook regarding principally politically-oriented organized activities on the platform. However, based on a cursory review of the report, the allegations appear to be without merit.

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