TEL AVIV, Saturday, January 7, 2023 (WAFA) – Thousands of Israelis demonstrated in central Tel Aviv tonight to protest against the new far-right government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu.
The protesters waved rainbow flags and banners decrying the coalition as far-right and calling for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. A handful of leftist lawmakers, including Labor party leader Merav Michaeli, gave speeches during the protest.
The new government led by Netanyahu—Israel's longest-serving prime minister and its dominant political player in the past three decades—is regarded by many as the most racist government in the Israeli occupation’s history.
The protest was called for in response to new Israeli Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s proposed judicial reforms, seen by many Israelis as a ‘dangerous coup d'état.’
The anti-Netanyahu Black Flag movement said that "The coup d'état will encounter a nation determined to guard our democracy - and [the reforms] will fail."
The movement accused Netanyahu of pushing the reforms to escape potential repercussions of his ongoing corruption trial, saying he was destroying democratic institutions by harming the justice system and campaigning against High Court Justices.