Attorney general says limits on protests have not yet gone into effect

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit tells the cabinet that controversial new limits the Knesset approved early this morning on anti-government protests have not yet gone into effect.

The restrictions, especially the stipulation to prohibit protesters from traveling more than a kilometer from their homes, will only go into effect when the cabinet formally votes to bring them into force.

The Knesset legislation passed at 4 a.m. after an all-night Knesset session grants the government the power to do so, Mandelblit tells ministers in a legal opinion issued today.

Other stipulations approved by the Knesset overnight, including limiting protests to 20 people or fewer, are already in effect, he says.

The Justice Ministry is now preparing a draft of the new restrictions for a cabinet vote, which could take place as soon as tonight.

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