ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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In apparent first, Bedouin Israelis join in anti-overhaul protests

A number of Bedouin Israelis are protesting against the government’s legal overhaul plans at the Hura junction in southern Israel, in an apparent first.

Standing alongside several Jewish Israelis, the group holds signs reading “This is the home of all of us” and “Equal rights and democracy for all of us.”

Demonstrators are gathering at dozens of locations across the country for the 11th consecutive weekend of protests since Justice Minister Yariv Levin announced the plan to strip power from the country’s courts to the benefit of the ruling coalition, setting off a fierce backlash from opponents who believe the move will fundamentally alter Israel’s democratic system by removing the only real check on unfettered majority rule.

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