After mass protests unprecedented in the country’s history, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu halted the disempowerment of the judiciary. However, the ultra-right does not want to back down.
By Steffi Hentschke, Jerusalem
The mood changes shortly after sunset. Jerusalem on Monday evening, in the government district, 100,000 people have again demonstrated since the afternoon against the controversial judicial reform of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition. Now the early supporters of reform are mingling with the crowds, running down the hilly streets in mud-smeared boots of the kind settlers from the occupied West Bank wear. In addition, teenagers with wide crocheted yarmulkes and heavily hooded hooligans. Mostly boys and men who look like they’re going to vote for Itamar Ben-Gvir, the Minister of National Security with a criminal record including racist hate speech.
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