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Israel: restrictions lifted, anti-Netanyahu rallies resume

Health restrictions are lifted and thousands of Israelis are returning to the streets to demonstrate against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The main rally took place in Jerusalem, in front of the official residence of the Prime Minister, where the demonstrators numbered several thousand according to the media, 20,000 according to the organizers.

It was the first large-scale movement since the lifting of restrictions on Thursday, decided within the framework of confinement, prohibiting demonstrations more than a kilometer from his home. Since July, demonstrators have been meeting every Saturday evening to criticize the economic and health management of the pandemic by the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, indicted for corruption.

Several arrests in Tel Aviv

In Jerusalem, demonstrators, waving Israeli flags and wearing masks bearing the inscription “Crime minister” (pun on “Prime minister”), chanted their anti-Netanyahu slogans in their vuvuzelas.

In Tel Aviv, several thousand demonstrators moved, mainly Israelis who came to protest with their families. Police reported several incidents in several parts of the country in which “suspects” attacked protesters with tear gas and insulted them. Several of these individuals have been arrested, police said in a statement.

This week, counter-protesters from far-right groups violently attacked anti-Netanyahu protesters in the town of Holon, near Tel Aviv.

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