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Is­rael ex­tends protest re­stric­tions

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The Is­raeli gov­ern­ment has ex­tended an emer­gency pro­vi­sion that bars pub­lic gath­er­ings, in­clud­ing wide­spread protests against Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, for an ad­di­tional week. The Knes­set passed a law last week al­low­ing the gov­ern­ment to de­clare a spe­cial week- long state of emer­gency to limit par­tic­i­pa­tion in as­sem­blies be­cause of the pan­demic. The gov­ern­ment then de­clared the state of emer­gency, lim­it­ing all pub­lic gath­er­ings to within a kilo­me­tre of a per­son’s home. Ne­tanyahu said the re­stric­tions are driven by safety con­cerns as the coun­try bat­tles a run­away pan­demic, but crit­ics and pro­test­ers ac­cuse him of muz­zling dis­sent.

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