Over 2,000 people take to the streets of Jerusalem once again, protesting near Netanyahu’s official residence as well as the Knesset; restauranteurs set up free buffet, demanding their businesses remain open

Thousands rallied outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday as protests mounted against him over his handling of a worsening coronavirus crisis and alleged corruption.

Wearing protective masks, the demonstrators marched from Netanyahu’s official residence to Knesset, holding up signs that read “Crime Minister” and calling on the premier to step down.

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Protestors outside Knesset (Photo: Shalev Shalom)


Reimposed coronavirus curbs after a rise in new COVID-19 cases have prompted Israelis to demand better state aid to take to the streets in almost daily demonstrations.

Public anger has been also been fuelled by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who went on trial in May for bribery, fraud and breach of trust – charges he denies.

Protestors marching from PM's official residence to Knesset
Protestors marching from PM’s official residence to Knesset (Photo: AFP)


Netanyahu has announced numerous economic aid packages. But frustrated by red tape and a slow pace, many Israelis say the aid is coming too little, too late.

“It’s humiliating and insulting. You pay social security and taxes for thirty years and then have to beg (the authorities) in order to make ends meet. I’m here to protest, so that this evil government quits,” said Doron, 54.

He asked not to give his full name and said he has been on unpaid leave for three months.

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Restaurant owners set up a free buffet for the demonstrators (Photo: Haim Goldschmidt)


As part of the protest, restaurant owners set up a free buffet for the demonstrators, demanding their businesses keep open or else receive compensation.

Israel lifted in May a partial lockdown that had flattened an infection curve. But a second surge of COVID-19 cases and ensuing restrictions have seen Netanyahu’s approval ratings plunge to under 30% and unemployment soar to 21%.

With a population of 9 million, Israel has reported more than 50,000 coronavirus cases and 422 deaths.

As reported by Ynetnews