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Despite chilly weather, hundreds of Israelis demonstrate against Netanyahu

Despite chilly weather, hundreds of Israelis demonstrate against Netanyahu
Demonstrators during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, outside his official residence in Jerusalem, on December 26, 2020 (Flash90)

TEL AVIV, Sunday, December 27, 2020 (WAFA) – Despite freezing weather, hundreds of Israelis demonstrated for the 27th week last night outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem demanding him to step down over long-running corruption charges.

Hundreds took part in a march from the city’s main entrance to Paris Square, the main site of the demonstrations.

Protesters reportedly held slogans urging Netanyahu to “Go,” and declaring that “We won’t stop protesting until you get out of our lives,” as reported by Israeli media outlets.

Smaller protests also took place in many areas of the country, including near the prime minister’s private home in Caesarea and at plazas, junctions and highway overpasses.

Several incidents of violence toward protesters were reported by Israeli dailies. In Rishon Lezion a man threatened demonstrators with a knife. In Giv’at Ada, near Caesarea, protesters said they were assaulted by several supporters of the prime minister.

The months-long protests began last spring when Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to form what they called an emergency government focused on managing the health and economic challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Their partnership has been paralyzed by infighting, and a pair of lockdowns hit the economy hard, sending unemployment skyrocketing.

Netanyahu has been facing long-running charges of fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes.  


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