260,000 estimated at anti-judicial overhaul rallies nationwide

Israelis protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul Israel's judicial system, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, March 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israelis protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul Israel's judicial system, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, March 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israeli company Crowd Solutions estimates that some 175,000 demonstrators are gathered at the main anti-judicial overhaul rally in Tel Aviv, Channel 13 news reports.

The company says another 85,000 are gathered in other cities across the country, bringing the total number of protesters to around 260,000.

In Jerusalem, an estimated 10,000 people are gathered outside the President’s Residence, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

Opponents of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have been taking to the streets for 11 straight weeks to protest Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s proposals to radically constrain judiciary by severely curbing the High Court of Justice’s judicial review powers and cementing coalition control over the appointment of judges.

Protesters gather for an 11th straight week of protests against the government’s controversial judicial overhaul bill in Tel Aviv on March 18, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)

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