Protesters pitch tents outside the Knesset on first night of four-day protest event

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Protesters set up tents outside of the Knesset in Jerusalem, March 31, 2024. (Sam Sokol/Times of Israel)
Protesters set up tents outside of the Knesset in Jerusalem, March 31, 2024. (Sam Sokol/Times of Israel)

Protesters set up more than 100 tents outside the Knesset following Sunday evening’s massive anti-government demonstration, settling in at the beginning of what is set to be a four-day protest event in Israel’s capital.

“I have no other choice. I think that we have a ‘crime’ minister,” says Devora, a protester from the northern village of Timrat, as she places her belongings in her tent.

“We’re in the middle of a terrible hell. Enough. How much is possible,” she asks. “There will be nothing left.”

The line of tents reaches nearly between the Knesset and the Foreign Ministry, several blocks away. Next to the individual sleeping tents are larger logistics tents set up by the various protest movements involved in the demonstration, as well as two life-size mock-ups of tanks brought by veterans of the Yom Kippur War.

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