Israel: Tens of thousands call for PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign

Tens of thousands of Israelis calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign demonstrated across the country Saturday evening, saying he is unfit to rule while on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the nation’s coronavirus crisis.

Protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square, October 10, 2020 Tomer Appelbaum
Activists protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Dizengoff Square Tel Aviv on October 10, 2020 (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Protesters gathered at hundreds of locations across the country due to a nationwide lockdown that has barred them from protesting at the usual site outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem.

The current lockdown regulations allow people only to gather within one kilometer (less than a mile) of their home.

The largest gathering at Habima Square in central Tel Aviv drew thousands of protesters, who blew horns and pounded on drums and tambourines.

A man protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Simchat Torah celebrations in Tel Aviv on October 10, 2020 (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Israeli protesters march on the street during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.
Israeli protesters march on the street during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. – Copyright AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner
Activists protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Route 3, in central Israel on October 10, 2020 (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

The protesters waved pink and black flags symbolizing various grassroots protest movements. Some of the banners, using Netanyahu’s nickname, said: “Bibi, you are destroying my future.” Others read “Go!”

Police reported clashes with the protesters in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Netanyahu is on trial for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes for his role in a series of scandals, and the demonstrators have staged weekly gatherings for the past four months demanding that he step down.

Netanyahu denies the charges and accuses the protesters of being “leftists” and “anarchists.”

The marches have also been fueled by the government’s response to the pandemic.

After appearing to contain the outbreak last spring through a tight lockdown, it reopened the economy quickly and the infection rate soared.

With infections at record levels, Israel imposed another lockdown last month, further hurting business owners and entrepreneurs who have been a key component of the protests.

Associated Press / EuroNews

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  1. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    Police reported clashes with the protesters in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

    Netanyahu is on trial for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes for his role in a series of scandals, and the demonstrators have staged weekly gatherings for the past four months demanding that he step down.

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