Live UpdateFrom the Liveblog of Monday, March 20, 2023
1,600 new immigrants say judicial overhaul will ‘destroy Israel’s democracy’
A group of some 1,600 new immigrants to Israel sign a petition calling on the government to halt its judicial overhaul legislation.
They are “devoted Israeli citizens by choice, who made an active choice to leave everything that was familiar to us in our countries of origin and weld our destinies to the destiny of this country,” they say. “The Zionist vision that inspired us — and all the Olim who came before us — has been hijacked by extremists who threaten the very fabric of this country as a Jewish and Democratic state.
“The judicial overhaul being rammed through the Knesset will destroy… Israel’s democracy,” they warn.