מחאת הדגלים השחורים בכנסת : "מצילים את הדמוקרטיה"
Hundreds of cars make their way to the Knesset for the protest
Photo: Alex Kolomoisky
Hundreds of cars make their way to the Knesset for the protest

Hundreds protest in front of Knesset, calling on speaker to resign

Demonstrators, who arrived on vehicles with 'Democracy or Fascism' stickers, wave black flags and chant 'Yuli go home'; protests erupt over Edelstein's decision to suspend Knesset thus preventing vote on members of Arrangement Committee, one of parliament's most vital

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Published: 03.23.20 , 15:06
Hundreds of people waving Israeli and black flags protested on Monday in front of the Knesset building in Jerusalem. The protesters called for parliament to resume its activities and for the Knesset speaker to resign.
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  • Edelstein, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, last week suspended parliamentary activities, preventing the newly elected legislature from choosing a new speaker and forming committees critical to the country's fight against coronavirus.
    Protesters outside the Knesset
    (Video: Eli Mandelbaum)

    The demonstrators held up banners, saying “Edelstein let go,” chanted “Yuli, Yuli resign, we don’t want you anymore,” and compared the government officials to criminals.
    The protest, under the banner “Loss of Democracy” began at the Baka-Jatt interchange in northern Israel, where hundreds of vehicles began driving toward the capital all equipped with black and Israeli flags and that read “Democracy or Fascism”.
    מחאת הדגלים השחורים בכנסת : "מצילים את הדמוקרטיה"מחאת הדגלים השחורים בכנסת : "מצילים את הדמוקרטיה"
    Hundreds of cars make their way to the Knesset for the protest
    (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
    Among the anti-government protesters was Hagai Meirom, a former Israeli politician who represented the Labor Party in the Knesset in the 1990s. “We are out here today to save the Knesset,” he said.
    “There is an attempt by the Likud party to shut down the Knesset and not to allow it to elect members of The Arrangements Committee.”
    מחאת הדגלים השחורים בכנסת : "מצילים את הדמוקרטיה"מחאת הדגלים השחורים בכנסת : "מצילים את הדמוקרטיה"
    One of the protesters waves Israeli and black flags
    (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
    The Arrangements Committee is one of the most important Knesset committees.
    According to the Knesset website, the committee proposes the Parliamentary Group make-up of the permanent committees, makes recommendations as to who should chair the committees, lays down the sitting arrangements of the Groups in the plenum and the distribution of rooms in the Knesset building to the Groups and Knesset members.
    מחאת הדגלים השחורים בכנסת : "מצילים את הדמוקרטיה"מחאת הדגלים השחורים בכנסת : "מצילים את הדמוקרטיה"
    A protester with a black shirt
    (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
    At some point the protest was interrupted by an anti-Benny Gantz campaigner. The protesters called on the protester to “be ashamed” and take off his kippah because he is “not a real Jew.”
    In the meantime, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to respond whether he is ready to conduct a parliament vote on the need for his replacement.
    The court’s ruling comes after a hearing on Sunday that was held following a petition from civil rights groups demanding the Knesset resume its full activities even amid restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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