Protesters gather outside Knesset for second night of anti-government protest event

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

Protesters crowd the streets around the Knesset in Jerusalem on the second evening of a four-day anti-government protest event, April 1, 2024. (Courtesy, Pro-Democracy Protest Movement)
Protesters crowd the streets around the Knesset in Jerusalem on the second evening of a four-day anti-government protest event, April 1, 2024. (Courtesy, Pro-Democracy Protest Movement)

Members of various protest groups crowd Jerusalem’s Kaplan Street, as protestors head toward the Knesset for the second night of a four-day protest event calling for new elections.

People hand out stickers calling for the government to “Get out!” as protesters wave Israeli flags, blow whistles, or bang out rhythms on drums.

Hundreds of tents are set up on the street, in front of the main stage outside the Knesset.

People applaud the hundreds of volunteers involved in organizing the four-day protest.

“The protest hasn’t gone anywhere,” says an organizer, calling for the government to set an election date in 2024.

“Elections now!” she says, echoed by the crowd. “We’re not going anywhere.”

She says that the first day of April — April Fools Day — is not special for Israelis who have a government that lies to them 365 days a year.

She lists the many ways the government has abandoned the country, the lack of responses for the evacuees, the need for a deal to bring the hostages home immediately.

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