Anti-Netanyahu protests to continue ahead of election with music, celebrity speakers - Israel Election 2021 - Haaretz.com

Anti-Netanyahu protests to continue ahead of election with music, celebrity speakers – Israel Election 2021 – Haaretz.com

With just days to Israel’s fourth election in two years, the weekly protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are continuing Saturday night in city squares, intersections and bridges throughout the country.

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The central demonstration on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street, outside the prime minister’s official residence, will this week include a stage for live music and speeches – a departure from past months’ protests. Actor Lior Ashkenazi is slated to speak, and musical performances by Achinoam Nini, Danni Bassan, Lucille Crew and others are scheduled. 

It will also include a march, coordinated in advance with police, from the Knesset building to Paris Square, near the residence. A convoy of cars from around the country will also be making its way to Balfour Street.

Yael Shomer, a member of the Black Flag protest movement, said she was physically assaulted by a pro-Netanyahu counter-protester at a Herzliya interchange.

“We were standing at the intersection, and across from us there were three of the usual Bibists,” she said, referring to supporters of Netanyahu, “but this time a woman and two children joined them. She crossed the street to come towards us and started verbally confronting a protester standing next to me, while my back was turned to them. Suddenly she karate-chopped me behind my left ear,” she said, adding that she had recently undergone spinal surgery, and was lucky not to have been hit there.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Uzi Vogelman rejected a Likud party petition against holding the anti-Netanyahu rally, saying that Likud did not present a sufficient legal basis for its claims. Vogelman also ruled that Likud pay the legal fees of the Crime Minister, Ein Matzav and Darkenu protest movements, to the tune of 3,000 shekels (about $900) each. 

Saturday’s protest will mark the 39th week of demonstrations againt the prime minister.

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