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Demo tar­gets bill that will sti­fle protests

- Corruption · Society · Politics · Crime · Benjamin Netanyahu

Hundreds of Is­raelis demon­strated out­side par­lia­ment on Tues­day against a govern­ment- backed bill likely to sti­fle protests near Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s home dur­ing the cur­rent coro­n­avirus lock­down.

The pro­posed law, which the govern­ment said was aimed at curb­ing COVID-19 in­fec­tions, bans Is­raelis from hold­ing demon­stra­tions more than one kilo­me­tre from their homes.

The mea­sure, which crit­ics said was really in­tended to block anti- Ne­tanyahu protests, was ap­proved by a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on Tues­day. It was ex­pected to be rat­i­fied later in the day.

Pro­test­ers have gath­ered weekly out­side Ne­tanyahu’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence to de­mand his res­ig­na­tion over his han­dling of the health cri­sis, and al­leged cor­rup­tion.

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