Israelis living in various cities around the US are planning to gather in Washington DC today, Tuesday, September 15, to protest against far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has arrived in the American capital to sign normalization deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. “We are coming together from all over the United States and the world to reiterate that a prime minister charged with a crime cannot continue in office,” a statement released by the protesters reads.
The protesters want to transmit to the entire world the message that the occasion is not legitimate because the prime minister, who is to sign the agreement, is ruling while indicted for corruption and is endangering Israel’s democratic space.
The demonstrators are members of the UnXeptable protest movement established by Israel expat activists in San Francisco, which has grown to have more than 20 branches worldwide. Members of the movement demonstrate every week in North America, Europe and Australia in solidarity with the ongoing protests in Israel outside the prime minister’s official residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem and throughout the country, calling on Netanyahu to resign because of his indictments for which he is currently on trial and as well as protesting the systematic damage he has caused to Israel’s democracy.