Hundreds of workers of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) held protests on Sunday, March 19, in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv against the electronic media entity’s pending closure. In Jerusalem, demonstrators protested possible layoffs from the public broadcasting entity that would ensue with the controversial establishment of the new Israel Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) which would replace the IBA and operate under less government control. The protestors handed out candies bearing the slogan “Today us, tomorrow you” to motorists nearby the Jerusalem Light Rail Bridge at the western entrance to the city.
Sunday’s protest in Tel Aviv was held outside the office of the chairman of the Histadrut Labor Federation, Avi Nissenkorn, who, according to the rally organizers, is not prepared to prevent the loss of more than 1,000 IBA jobs.
Meanwhile, the far-right government tailspinned into a coalitional crisis on Saturday night after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reneged on a deal with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon over the establishment of the IBC.