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Anti-Government Protests Begin in Israel as Rosh Hashanah Ends

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A view shows Israelis protesting, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s nationalist coalition government presses on with its judicial overhaul, in Tel Aviv, Israel March 25, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Oren Alon

i24 NewsProtest organizers called for Israelis to demonstrate Sunday, with a march going through the streets of Tel Aviv. Anti-government protesters also gathered in Ben Gurion airport as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarks on a state visit to the US.

At 7:00 pm, Israelis against the government’s planned judicial overhaul gathered at Rothschild Boulevard, where the country’s Declaration of Independence was signed in 1948, and marched to Kaplan Street, the focal point of anti-government protests for the 37th consecutive week.

Police began closing streets at 6:30 pm, with additional streets closed as the march made its way through the city.

This comes as organizers delayed the mass protests, usually held on Saturday, due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday, which started Friday night and ended Sunday night. The organizers called on demonstrators to march wearing white and “holding the Declaration of Independence against those seeking to cancel it.”

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At 9:30 pm local time, the anti-judicial reform protests rallied at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to depart for the US on a state visit.

Israel Police said they would not allow demonstrators inside the airport terminal, working to keep the roads to the airport open.

Protests are also slated in San Francisco, the first part of his US tour. They are also planned in four sites for the next part of his visit, in New York City: in front of the UN where Netanyahu will speak this week, in front of the Israeli consulate, in front of the hotel where he is staying, and at Times Square. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly as this year’s session begins later this week.

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