Thousands of Israelis Protest Corruption, Chant Against Netanyahu's Son Over Stripper Scandal

'Marches of shame' against corruption have been going on for weeks; Saturday night's rally targets Yair Netanyahu after leaked audio revealed he attended strip clubs

Thousands take to the streets in 'march of shame' against corruption in the Israeli government on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
Ofer Vaknin

Thousands of Israelis are taking to the streets in Tel Aviv in a mass protest against government corruption, targeting in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family.

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Israelis protest corruption in the government in a mass rally on January 13, 2018.
Ofer Vaknin

This week audio was leaked of the premier's son, Yair, speaking disparagingly about women while attending stripper clubs with his friends. Hundreds also protested in northern Israel.

The young Netanyahu came under fire after it was revealed that he was followed on his debaucherous journey by a bodyguard and a driver, both provided to him through the state. The young Netanyahu was heard in the tape telling his friend, the son of business tycoon Kobi Maimon, not to argue with him over 400 shekels (approximately $118) meant for a prostitute when his father received $20 billion from Netanyahu.

Demonstrators march against corruption in the Netanyahu government on January 13, 2018.
Ofer Vaknin

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Kobi Maimon is a real estate mogul and shareholder in Isramco, which owns Israel's offshore Tamar gas fields. The prime minister's son was referring to the natural gas deal that his father signed in 2015.

The demonstration is taking the form of a march, and has set out from Tel Aviv's Habima square. From there, protesters are slated to walk toward the house of Maimon, located on Rothschild Boulevard. This is the seventh such protest in the city and others have been going on countrywide for weeks now.

Demonstrators came carrying signs that read slogans such as: "Out with the corrupt!" and "Not leftist, not rightist, but honest!" Others read, "Being a pig isn't kosher" and "Bibi go home."

A counter-protest is taking place simultaneously, by is only attended by several tens of people.

Similar public protests against corruption are expected to take place in the upcoming week all throughout Israel in big cities such as Jerusalem, Beer Sheba, Haifa, Rehovot, Eilat and others.

Organizers estimated that last week's rally drew 10,000 protesters.