Israel's Attorney General Heckled Outside His Synagogue as Weekly Anti-corruption Protests Continue

Some two thousand protesters demonstrate in Tel Aviv in the eighth weekly demonstration against Netanyahu and other government members who are under investigation

'When you protect him, you're not protecting us,' reads sign with image of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit during anti-government corruption protest in Israel
Ofer Vaknin

A number of anti-government corruption protesters heckled Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit as he left an evening prayer service at his synagogue on Saturday night.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked blasted the protesters who heckled the attorney general, saying their action were "thuggish" and undemocratic.

Meanwhile, some two thousand protesters demonstrated in Tel Aviv's central Habima Square in what was the eighth consecutive weekly demonstration against corruption in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

Protesters demonstrate against corruption in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government in Tel Aviv, Saturday 20, 2018.
Tomer Appelbaum

Following the demonstration at Habima Square, protesters marched to the home of gas tycoon Kobi Maimon. Parallel protests were held in the cities of Haifa and Afula.

For the past year, demonstrators have gathered weekly outside the home of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit in Petah Tikva, to protest what they perceived to be his foot-dragging in investigating allegations against the prime minister.

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The protests, which initially included a few dozen demonstrators, expanded over time, at their peak drawing several thousand, at which point they were relocated to Tel Aviv. 

The two main leaders of the protest movement are Eldad Yaniv, a well-known anti-corruption crusader, and Meni Naftali, the former chief caretaker of the prime minister's residence who rose to fame after suing Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, for abusive behavior toward him and other household staff. Naftali won the case and also prevailed in a later appeal.

The number of protesters has decreased in recent weeks. During the first few weeks of the rallies in Tel Aviv, tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrated.