Opposition MKs fly Israeli flags in protest as Knesset starts debating overhaul bill

Opposition MKs raise Israeli flags to protest the government's judicial overhaul plans, during a Knesset plenum session, February 20, 2023. (Twitter video screenshot; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Opposition MKs raise Israeli flags to protest the government's judicial overhaul plans, during a Knesset plenum session, February 20, 2023. (Twitter video screenshot; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

As the Knesset plenum begins deliberations on a bill at the heart of the government’s judicial overhaul plans ahead of a first vote, numerous opposition lawmakers raise Israeli flags in protest.

Parliamentary ushers confiscate the flags and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana orders the removal of several MKs.

In addition to the lawmakers, a number of observers in the viewer’s gallery walk up to its glass dividers, banging loudly until removed.

Earlier, MKs were told by security that they must have their bags searched before entering the plenum, prompting objections from lawmakers, though most appeared to walk in without being checked.

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