US News Israel: Protests against Netanyahu and his handling of Covid-19 continue

03:45  27 september  2020
03:45  27 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Israel sets new records in numbers contamination. Prime Minister Netanyahu calls on Israelis not to visit synagogues during the Yom Kippur celebration. Like every week, on the evening of Saturday September 26, demonstrations against Benyamin Netanyahu took place across Israel and in particular in Jerusalem.

From our correspondent in Jerusalem, Michel Paul

Convoys of cars on the roads to Jerusalem despite the confinement. Once again this week, demonstrators converged on the less numerous than usual residence of Benjamin Netanyahu on Balfour Street in Jerusalem. Police officers enforced the distance between participants in the protest movement.

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Netanyahu 's residence in Jerusalem on Saturday as anger mounted over corruption allegations and his handling of the Protests have stretched beyond Netanyahu ’s official residence in Jerusalem But a second surge of COVID - 19 cases and ensuing restrictions have seen Netanyahu ’s approval

"We will continue no matter what," said Professor Menahem Klein, an activist for Israeli-Palestinian rapprochement. “The government is suffocating us. We are not allowed to do what we want although the health situation does not justify confinement. They want to prevent us from demonstrating but we will not stop breathing, ”he said.

"Part of the population is indifferent"

Ilan, a regular since the first hour of these gatherings, is outraged by the government's attempts to limit the demonstrations. “I think it's a scandal. This is very serious. People must demonstrate. They must protest. And what is happening today is some very tough measures. And part of the population is indifferent, ”he laments.

As for Prime Minister Netanyahu, he addressed the Israelis asking them not to go to synagogues exceptionally this year on Yom Kippur. As Israel sets new records for Covid-19 contamination, it admits mistakes were made after the first lockdown last spring. And for once, he didn't mention the protests.

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