“Day of Disruption”. More protests against judicial reform in Israel

Protests begin on Tuesday in Israel against Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned judicial reform.

The reform of the judicial system in Israel was announced in January this year by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition cabinet. The project includes: increasing government control over the election process of Supreme Court judges, as well as the ability to overturn Supreme Court rulings by a majority of 61 votes in the 120-member Knesset.

Benjamin Netanyahu justified the government’s actions with a desire to achieve “a balance between the authorities”. However, according to some media outlets, the reform will in practice give the ruling powers full control over the appointment of judges and will prohibit the Supreme Court, which acts as the Supreme Court in Israel, from reviewing constitutional laws, which is believed to erode power in the to centralize the hands of the government.

Israel. More protests

For weeks, Israelis protested en masse in the streets of the city. Some demonstrations gathered as many as half a million people. In total, more than 150 demonstrations were organized. In many places, the demonstrators were joined by police and reservists.

In late March, Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to halt judicial reform in the country. He cited fears of the outbreak of civil war as the reason.

On Tuesday, July 11, the Israeli parliament again supported the reform plans. In connection with, More protests in Israel. As reported by the Wyborcza.pl portal, the organizers have announced a “day of disruption”, they want to block roads and protest at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, among other things.

Critics of the Israeli government point out that Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing for changes in the country’s judiciary in his own interest as he faces corruption charges and reforms could help him evade accountability. The government counters that the sole purpose of the changes is to end the perceived excessive powers of judges and to better balance the powers of the state and the courts.

Source: Do Rzeczy