Protesters in Tel Aviv say government’s judicial plans aimed at Netanyahu’s criminal trial

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

Protester Assaf Abrahamovitz speaks to The Times of Israel from an anti-government protest in Tel Aviv. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)
Protester Assaf Abrahamovitz speaks to The Times of Israel from an anti-government protest in Tel Aviv. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)

Several protesters say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pursuing far-reaching judicial reform as a bid to slip his ongoing corruption trial.

“What happens at the end of the day is we have a person who doesn’t care about the state and he’s ready to do my thing to get out of his trial,” says protestor Assaf Abrahamovitz, 44, from Hadar Am. “This will hurt all of us.”

Carrying a sign that says he came to Tel Aviv to protest because Israel has “changed its face.” Abrahamovitz says that although he doesn’t know what the new government’s full plans may be, losing High Court protection scares him.

“Everything they would want to legislate, it’s impossible to stop. Rights for women, Arabs, the LGBT community” will be threatened, he says.

“We don’t know what they want to do, but there will be no one to stop them.”

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