Israelis protest against proposed judicial reforms for ninth straight week

Organizers say 250,000 protestors demonstrated against government plan to overhaul court system.

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According to organizers, 250,000 Israelis took to the streets on Saturday for the ninth straight week to protest a government plan to overhaul the country’s judicial system.

An opposition leader says the prime minister’s cabinet members are inciting clashes between police and protesters. Yair Lapid says despite these efforts, the demonstrations will continue to grow. He said the protests are a form of pledging allegiance to Israel.

The Yalla Tikva NGO says Israelis must take back control of their country from “dictatorial control.”

Some demonstrators linked Israeli settler violence in the Palestinian village of Huwara with the proposed judicial reforms saying, “Yesterday Huwara, Tomorrow Israel.”

Yuli Edelstein, a member of the Knesset, says he is worried about the “left-wing” protests and says the Israeli security establishment shares his concern.