Hundreds of anti-judicial reform activists continued their march toward Jerusalem.

Anti-judicial overhaul demonstrators protest against the judicial overhaul in Haifa. July 20, 2023.
(photo credit: SHIR TOREM/FLASH90)

Anti-judicial reform protesters are preparing a “Night of Resistance” with demonstrations planned throughout Israel on Thursday night, after the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved the reasonableness standard bill for its final readings on Wednesday night.

“Friends – we are at the moment of truth. The next four days are crucial. Each of you can create pressure and stop the move that begins the Polish salami tactic. The first brick in the wall of democracy,” said the Restart Israel protest movement on Thursday.

“Each and every person can create pressure, each and every one according to their abilities – whether by way of the feet by appearing at the demonstrations tonight on the night of the resistance, by marching to Jerusalem, by writing an article, by placing pressure on the employers to announce that they are on strike (starting Sunday) or by any other activity of resistance,” added Restart Israel. “The only request is – do it. fight In the end, we will win.”

Starting at 5 p.m., protest convoys will begin disrupting traffic on central roads throughout the country. At 6 p.m., protests will take place near Rosh Pina, at the Science Park in Rehovot, and at the Masmiya/Re’em junction.

At 6:30 p.m., protests will take place at the Nahariya junction, Sefer Square in Haifa, the Police junction in Hadera, the Neorim Bridge in Emek Hefer, in front of Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel’s home in Tel Aviv, Ha’Araba junction, and at the Yad Mordechai junction.

Anti-judicial reform demonstrators protest against the judicial reform in Haifa, on July 20, 2023. (credit: SHIR TOREM/FLASH90)

At 7 p.m., a number of protest marches will take place, including at Paris Square in Jerusalem, toward the Ra’anana junction from Kfar Saba and Hod Hasharon, Namir Road in Tel Aviv, Milano Square in Tel Aviv, and HaBima Square in Tel Aviv.

At 7:30 p.m., protests will take place at Tzemach junction, Nahalel junction, Zihron Yaakov junction, Karkur junction, and Bilu junction. A protest march will take place at Rabin square in Tel Aviv.

At 8 p.m., protests will take place at Gome junction, central Ra’anana junction, Rishonim junction, in front of the home of Histadrut Labor Federation chairman Arnon Bar-David in Kiryat Ono, the Teachers’ Center in Beersheba.

At 8:30 p.m., the protest march which set out toward Jerusalem from Tel Aviv on Tuesday will gather and set out from Latrun.

Hundreds join protest march headed to Jerusalem

Hundreds of protesters have joined the procession to Jerusalem, which is expected to arrive in Jerusalem on Saturday night ahead of the second and third readings of the reasonableness standard bill.

On Thursday, about 15 buses full of hi-tech workers were set to join the march near Latrun.

Protests in Haifa and Herzliya

A number of demonstrations also took place on Thursday morning in locations across the country.

Israelis in Haifa staged a demonstration outside the city’s governmental complex on Thursday morning, causing several streets to be closed to traffic, according to police. 

A group of demonstrators also gathered around the Communications Ministry in Jerusalem to protest Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi’s desired reforms to news media.

The Brothers in Arms and hi-tech protest movements demonstrated outside the building of the administration of Bank Hapoalim on Thursday morning and called for the bank to stand against the judicial reform.

“You use our money to generate extensive profitable activity, but we have a contract that is based on shared values and above all on a stable and reasonable system of laws that protects us savers,” said the protest movements. “We call on the banks’ managements to declare by Monday that if the law to abolish the reason for reasonableness is passed, they will shut down the financial system. You want our money? Join the protest. There is no thriving economy in a dictatorship!”

Three protesters were arrested on Thursday morning after replacing a thousand street signs with signs reading “Democracy Road” in Herzliya. The three were later released.

The Kaplan Force protest movement announced on Thursday morning that a large protest will take place on Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv on Saturday night ahead of the vote on the reasonableness standard bill. Additional protests are planned for about 150 locations across Israel on Saturday night.

“What we saw this morning in the Constitution Committee is preparation for the tearing apart of the people,” said the Kaplan Force. “If the legislation is passed in the next two days, the State of Israel will begin its collapse into destruction. There is still time to stop the destruction of the state, the people’s army, and the Israeli economy. We call on all the democratic forces in Israel to protest this coming Saturday against the destruction of the house.”

Additionally on Thursday, the Senate of the Hebrew University called on the heads of academic institutions to initiate a strike of all research and teaching once the reasonableness standard bill is brought for a second and third reading.

Similar announcements were made at the Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Insitute of Science in Rehovot, and the Open University, with Ben-Gurion University, the University of Haifa and Bar-Ilan University set to make similar announcements as well on Thursday.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post