Undeterred by Stormy Weather, Thousands Protest Outside Netanyahu's Residences

Four were arrested as 3,000 rally in Jerusalem, with another 2,500 protesting outside Netanyahu's private home in Caesarea; 66-year-old woman taken to hospital after alleged police violence

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A woman wears a Netanyahu mask at the rally in Jerusalem, November 21, 2020.
A woman wears a Netanyahu mask at the rally in Jerusalem, November 21, 2020.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Despite the heavy rainfalls that have battered Israel over the weekend, protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued around the country on Saturday night.

The police arrested four people during the 3,000 strong protest at Jerusalem's Paris Square, near the prime minister's official residence, where they called on Netanyahu to step down in light of his corruption cases and handling of the coronavirus crisis. 

In Jerusalem, a 66-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after she for medical treatment after falling to the ground. Eyewitnesses reported that the woman had been pushed to the ground by a police officer, who then prevented her husband from coming to her aid.

But the protest's central site was Netanyahu's private home in Caesarea, where about 2,500 protesters gathered. They are there in part to show support for the Farkash family, who were targeted by pro-Netanyahu protesters earlier this week for hosting anti-Netanyahu activists on their roof. 

Several dozen of Netanyahu's supporters waited for demonstrators in Caesarea with signs that read, among other things, "traitors leftists," and cursed at them.

Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Jerusalem, November 21, 2020.
Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Jerusalem, November 21, 2020.Credit: Emil Salman

Tom Farkash, the family's son, was killed in the Second Lebanon War. About Tuesday night, with one shouting "The fact that you lost a son doesn’t give you the right." The incident was roundly condemned by politicians and figures from across the political spectrum.

Caesarea protesters have begun a protest march in the city's Rothschild Street, carrying and a sign reading "If you don't get up to be a citizen they will make you into a subject." 

The crowd at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square grew to a few hundred people, where Ironi Alef High School principal Yoav Pridan addressed the crowd and chastised the government for opening shopping centers before educational institutions. 

Additional protests are dotting the country, taking place at bridges, squares and intersections from north to south.

Protesters and their submarine in Caesarea

The Crime Minister protest movement released a statement saying that demonstrators would be returning to their weekly post outside the prime minister's official residence on Jerusalem's Balfour Street and to Tel Aviv squares despite the stormy weather.  

They also cited the report that police are against several anti-Netanyahu protest leaders, saying that it will not deter them from demonstrating.

In the northern town of Shlomi, the Black Flags protest movement reported that Netanyahu supporters threw rocks at a car identified with the protest movement, shattering its windshield.

Police called the vandalism "an act of mischief" with no political motive. No one was arrested, and police gave no other details. 

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