The Israeli police used violent measures in the night of Sunday in Jerusalem against participants in a demonstration against right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Among other things, the police used water cannons to break up the rally. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Sunday that twelve people had been arrested for participating in the riots.
According to media reports, a total of around 6,000 people had gathered near Netanyahu’s official headquarters on Saturday evening. They protested unemployment, corruption and Netanyahu’s handling of the corona crisis. The protesters beat drums, blew horns and called Netanyahu to resign. Participants in a counter-demonstration supporting Netanyahu have also been arrested, the news site said ynet. People also demonstrated in many other places in Israel, including outside the Prime Minister’s private villa in the coastal city of Caesarea and in a park in Tel Aviv.
There have been several demonstrations against Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv recently. The rallies accompany the corruption process against the head of government. The police have repeatedly used water cannons against the demonstrators.
Netanyahu, 70, is charged with fraud, infidelity and bribery. The prime minister is suspected of granting benefits to telecom giant Bezeq as communications minister. In return, a medium belonging to the group reportedly reported positively about Netanyahu. He is also suspected of having accepted luxury gifts such as jewelry, cigars and pink champagne worth around 700,000 shekels (184,000 euros) from friends of the billionaires. In addition, he is said to have offered the critical newspaper publisher Arnon Moses to weaken his rival newspaper in return for positive reporting. Netanyahu denies all charges and accuses the police and prosecutors of “fabricating” the charges against him.
The number of people infected with Covid 19 in Israel is increasing rapidly
Most recently, Netanyahu was also criticized for his policies in the Corona crisis. Among other things, he is accused of releasing the restrictions too quickly and lacking preparation for a second corona wave. The country was hit hard by the corona crisis: the number of infected people has risen sharply again since the beginning of July and has recently passed the 2,000 new infections per day mark. In total, almost 60,000 people have been shown to be infected in Israel, and more than 400 have died so far. The country’s economy is also badly affected by the crisis; unemployment is more than 20 percent.
Given possible new restrictions in the wake of a second wave of corona, many Israelis have used the weekend for excursions and visits to the country. About 60,000 people visited the national parks and nature reserves on the Sabbath, the responsible park authority said. The Israeli government and the Corona Committee have decided in recent days to keep tourist attractions open, especially on weekends.