Thousands of Israelis protested on Saturday against their far-right government’s plans to overhaul the legal system, three days after parliament introduced a bill that would enable lawmakers to overturn Supreme Court rulings with a simple majority.
The approval of a “Supreme Court override” bill in an early vote in the Knesset was the latest step. benjamin netanyahuRuling coalition moving ahead despite calls for dialogue and consensus to realize judicial overhaul American Jews And israelPresident of the United States, and weekly mass protests.
In addition to weakening the country’s highest court, protesters say the proposed changes threaten Israel’s democratic values and center power with the ruling coalition in parliament. Netanyahu and his ruling coalition believe the court has wielded unchecked power for years.
For eight weeks, weekly protests have gathered pace, with large sections of Israeli society and businesses joining in. On Saturday, the main protest took place in the central city of Tel Aviv, with several smaller demonstrations across the country.
Protesters carried Israeli flags, flares and posters with different messages against the judicial overhaul. A placard read, “No Constitution, No Democracy.”