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Protests against judicial reform in Israel continue in its seventh week

The Minister of Justice announced that they are planning a law that would limit the powers of the Supreme Court and reduce the influence of the judiciary on the selection of judges.

In the seventh week of the demonstrations, tens of thousands of people opposed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bill and right-wing policies that restrict the powers of the judiciary, took to the streets in the seventh week of the demonstrations.

Israelis, who hold demonstrations across the country every Saturday evening, against the judicial regulation of the extreme right-wing coalition government led by Netanyahu, were on the streets again in the seventh week of the protests.

Tens of thousands of Israelis participated in the demonstrations in cities such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, West Jerusalem, Birussebi and Netanya.

As in previous weeks, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Government Complex on Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv, which hosted the largest demonstration.

The demonstrators carried banners against Netanyahu's Prime Ministership with the words "Crime Minister" in English and placards criticizing the far-right parties in the coalition government.

A group of protesters in Tel Aviv held a large banner with Israel's Declaration of Independence against the government's planned judicial arrangement.

Representatives from different non-governmental organizations and various sectors of Israel made pro-democracy speeches on the stage set up in the square.

Yair Lapid, the former prime minister and leader of the opposition Yesh Atid (Future) party, also attended the demonstrations in the city of Netanya.

Lapid shared on his Twitter account regarding the demonstrations, “We are in Netanya today because our children expect this from us. Because ten, twenty years from now, there will come a day when they will ask us where we are in the winter of 2023 and we will tell them that we are here, fighting for our homeland.” made statements.

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Netanyahu government's "judicial reform"

The mass demonstrations of tens of thousands of people in Israel in different cities, especially in Tel Aviv, against the judicial regulation and right-wing policies of the Netanyahu government have left 7 weeks behind.

Minister of Justice Yariv Levin announced on January 5 that they were planning a law that would limit the powers of the Supreme Court and reduce the influence of the judiciary on the selection of judges.

The moves of the coalition government led by Netanyahu to transfer some of the powers of the judiciary to the parliament caused tensions between the government and the Israeli judiciary, especially the Supreme Court.

The Israeli Supreme Court, which serves as the highest judicial authority in the country, has the power to overturn the laws passed by the Assembly on the grounds that it violates the "fundamental laws" accepted as the draft constitution.

The Netanyahu government stated in the judicial regulation it announced that it would deprive the Supreme Court of its authority to overturn the laws passed by the Assembly.

Israeli Chief Prosecutor, Gali Baharav-Miara, submitted his objections to the government's judicial regulation in writing and shared that his concerns were focused on the deterioration of "separation of powers, independence of the judiciary and protection of individual rights".

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