- Clashes between protesters and the police.
- Protestors opined that the Israeli leadership is destroying the nation’s economy, the health, and the confidence of the people.
- According to the Black Flags movement, more than 200 thousand people participated in Saturday’s demonstrations.
Israelis in their tens of thousands took to the streets on Saturday in protest against the Netanyahu led administration’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic. After three weeks of total confinement the protesters demanded the resignation of the nation’s premier, Benjamin Netanyahu. Now, this is the third one of this week.
At a time when weekly demonstrations against the Government began, they took place on bridges and streets across the country.
Saturday’s protests were conditioned by the restrictions imposed by the Government in late September to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in that the participants were prohibited from traveling to more than one kilometer from their homes.
The current protests are rated the biggest in the last five months.
The restriction, which many consider “a draconian measure”, however, ended up taking even more people to the streets. According to the Black Flags movement, more than 200 thousand people participated in Saturday’s demonstrations.
The biggest protests took place in Habima Square, Tel Aviv, and in front of the Prime Minister’s home in Jerusalem. In both places, there were clashes between protesters and the police, who have been criticized for the violence used.
As on almost every Saturday in the past five months, participants in the protests sang and danced, beat drums, pots, and pans.
A section of the protestors interviewed by members of the press covering the demonstrations opined that the protests are geared towards fighting for Israeli democracy so that the leaders of the country understand that it is time to change.
They opined that the Israeli leadership is destroying the nation’s economy, the health, and the confidence of the people and that time was ripe for them to vacate office. “We want a government that cares about the public,” said Itay Flicker, a Tel Aviv resident. “We are demonstrating because people are really suffering — in terms of health, the economy, and so on. But the government is totally detached from all that.”
In it’s reaction to Saturday’s protests, Likud, the prime minister’s party, said that the left can continues to demonstrate but Netanyahu continues to save the lives of Israeli citizens. ‘Left can continue protesting, PM will continue saving lives‘ it said.
Israel initiated a second national blockade on September 18, full of exceptions and which had to be hardened a week later due to the increase in infections.
In the last few days, the number of new infections by the new coronavirus has been decreasing, having registered 2,925 cases in the last 24 hours, with about 37 thousand tests performed.
As of Friday, 3,693 new cases had been reported, with about 50,000 tests carried out.
As per data by the Israeli Ministry of Health, after three weeks of confinement, the percentage of positives is 8%, compared to more than 15% on 30 September.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than one million and sixty-nine thousand death and close to 37 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report prepared by the French agency AFP.
The coronavirus is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.