Israel’s Right-Wing Groups Organize Counter-Protests in Support of Judicial Overhaul

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: via Israel PM Facebook Page)

Thousands of right-wing Israelis took to the streets Thursday in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial reform plan, blocking a highway in Tel Aviv, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the extra-parliamentary group Im Tirtzu organized the protests, which, according to a Jerusalem judge’s ruling in 2013, draw influence from fascist ideology.

Israeli media outlets reported that buses transported demonstrators from all over Israel including illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories to Tel Aviv for the protest.

Fears of violence spread as a result of posts on social media. “The more violent we are, the more they fear us,” one right-wing protester posted on Telegram.

Similar posts were also posted on the Telegram account of the far-right Otzma Yehudit Party led by Defense Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.

The protests followed weeks of anti-government demonstrations by people opposed to the proposed judicial overhaul.


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