Thousands of ant-Netanyahu protesters gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Official Residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem on Saturday night, April 10, while hundreds more demonstrated next to Netanyahu’s private home in the coastal city of Caesarea and smaller protests took place in dozens of other cities and towns, along highway overpasses, and at major intersections around the country.
These were the first weekend demonstrations against Netanyahu after President Reuven Rivlin handed him the mandate to form a government on Tuesday, April 6, the second day of the PM’s renewed corruption trial. Accordingly, some 30 protesters gathered outside the President’s Residence where clashes broke out between police and demonstrators after the latter attempted to drape a banner reading “Liar” on the perimeter of the premise’s compound.
On Friday, April 9, the police arrested 15 demonstrators who gathered a few dozen meters from the Petach Tikva home of Attorney General, calling upon the AG to remove Netanyahu from office. The arrested protestors were charged with “disturbing the peace” in a residential neighborhood.
Last weekend’s demonstrations were attended by members from prominent anti-Netanyahu organizations including Crime Minister, Ein Matzav, The Black Flag Movement as well as Hadash activists. A spokesperson for Crime Minister said that “the protests will continue as long as Netanyahu still resides on Balfour. We will be here until you leave.” The organization furthermore protested that President Rivlin gave Netanyahu the mandate “despite the majority of Israel’s citizens having voted for the pro-change bloc.”