With just 10 days left until the March 23 general elections, the nation’s fourth in two years, protesters rallied across Israel on Saturday evening, March 13, for the 38th week in a row, holding widespread demonstrations against far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his indictment on graft charges and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The main demonstrations were held outside the Prime Minister’s official residence in Jerusalem and close to Netanyahu’s private home in the coastal city of Caesaria. Several hundred demonstrators gathered in each of the locations. Smaller protests took place along highway overpasses and at major intersections around the country.
Large demonstrations are planned for next weekend, the last before vote, with hopes of, in the words of one group, “bring[ing] the spirit of the protest to the ballot box.” The Black Flag movement, among the others, said that next week, with just a few days left until the general election, they are planning larger, countrywide protests to encourage Israelis to go and vote. Hadash said it was imperative to “bring the spirit of the anti-Netanyahu protest to the ballot box, and to ensure everyone comes out to vote and strengthen the Joint List.”