Protesters in Tel Aviv decry ‘fascist’ government

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

A protester attends a rally against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new hard-right government in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 21, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)
A protester attends a rally against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new hard-right government in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 21, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Protesters say they came out this evening to express disapproval against what several call a “fascist” government that threatens civil liberties.

“It’s a fascist government and a frightening time, after 50 years living here, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” says Robert Barack, who moved to Israel in his late teens from the United States.

“I’m affected, my children and grandchildren are affected. I don’t want my granddaughter to go to an army run by Smotrich,” Barak says, adding that “I’d rather leave the country.”

Barack waves a rainbow flag emblazoned with the Star of David, and is marching alongside protesters from the gay community.

“The Zionist dream includes a state with equality… I have a gay son, he’s in the States now, getting married. He can’t do that here, he’ll probably stay there,” he says, adding that “ministers in this government want to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.”

“I want this government to stop trying to destroy the legal system. I want a government that teaches tolerance, this government doesn’t.”

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