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Israelis protest against PM Netanyahu, coronavirus policies

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Israelis protest against PM Netanyahu, coronavirus policies

Thousands of Israelis have protested against the corruption trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the management of the coronavirus pandemic crisis at many locations around the world.

More than 7,000 people were involved in a protest near the residence of the 70-year-old Premier in Jerusalem, requesting his dismissal, according to a police spokesperson on Saturday evening.

Around 1,000 people also came to a rally in the private residence of Netanyahu in Caesarea’s coastal town, police said. A protest took place in Tel Aviv, too.

There were no initial reports of the number of opposition members involved.

Police were out in action with hundreds of officers after Tuesday’s anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv was targeted by alleged right-wingers.

Demonstrations against Netanyahu have been taking place in Israel over weeks. Among other issues, he is accused of inappropriate easing of lockout steps to prevent the spread of the virus and of a lack of planning for a second wave in the middle of the corona crisis.

Unemployment in the world as the economic fall-out from the pandemic bites is now more than 20 per cent.

Legal proceedings against Netanyahu are still under way. He is charged with fraud, bribery and breach of trust. Many Israelis aren’t able to consider Netanyahu staying in office while the corruption trial is going on.

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