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Israelis rally against Netanyahu’s legal reforms

An estimated 80,000 people attended an anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv. The protesters claim that Netanyahu’s government threatens democracy in Israel.

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An estimated 80,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square on Saturday to protest against Netanyahu’s government. Smaller protests also took place in the cities of Jerusalem and Haifa.
Netanyahu’s government recently announced legal reforms that objectors claim weaken the Supreme Court by giving parliament the power to overturn court decisions with a simple majority vote.
On Jan 12, Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut stated that the government’s new judicial plans would represent a “fatal blow” to Israeli democracy, adding that judicial independence is the lifeblood of the court.
Protesters at Habima Square held Israeli flags and signs saying “Criminal Government” and “The End of Democracy,” among other slogans.
In her keynote speech at the event, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni claimed that the new government “has launched a war against Israel’s democratic institutions.” She concluded by stating, “When we sing hope together tonight, we will know that being a free people in our country is also the freedom of each and every one of us.”

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