Organizers of protests against overhaul declare Monday as ‘national day of struggle’

Israelis wave flags during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system, outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 13, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Israelis wave flags during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system, outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 13, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Organizers of the protests against the government’s judicial overhaul push declare Monday as a “national day of struggle,” which will include another large rally outside the Knesset, marches in various cities and the closure of some businesses.

The demonstrations are meant to coincide with the expected first reading in the Knesset on Monday of legislation that would give the coalition control over the selection of judges (as well as of a bill to render Basic Laws immune to judicial oversight; discussion will also be continuing on other parts of the overhaul package in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee).

“This is likely the most dangerous of the laws being advanced. If this is brought for [plenum] votes and passes, dialogue will be clearly illegitimate,” the protest organizers are quoted as saying by the Walla news site.

Meanwhile, Histadrut chief Arnon Bar-David says the labor federation will not strike in solidarity with the protests and calls on the opposing sides to hold compromise talks, as per President Isaac Herzog’s proposal.

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