כוחות משטרה ופקחים הגיעו הבוקר למאהל המחאה בבלפור ופינו משם כ-30 מפגינים וציוד
Police and city officials remove protesters
Photo: Ronen Raz
Police and city officials remove protesters

Israeli police break up anti-Netanyahu protest in Jerusalem

Video footage shows city officials and police officers tearing down banners and tents while tussling with demonstrators, who have staged a sit-in outside PM's official residence for the past month, wounding five of them

Associated Press , Ynet |
Published: 07.13.20 , 12:13
Israeli police and Jerusalem municipal officials scuffled with protesters demonstrating against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday as officers dismantled tents set up by the demonstrator's outside the premier's residence.
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  • The demonstrators have staged a sit-in outside Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem for the past month, calling on him to resign while facing corruption charges. They said police used excessive force to dismantle the sit-in while opposition politicians decried the move as a restriction of free expression.
    כוחות משטרה ופקחים הגיעו הבוקר למאהל המחאה בבלפור ופינו משם כ-30 מפגינים וציודכוחות משטרה ופקחים הגיעו הבוקר למאהל המחאה בבלפור ופינו משם כ-30 מפגינים וציוד
    Police and city officials remove protesters
    (Photo: Ronen Raz )
    Video footage from the scene appeared to show city officials and police officers tearing down banners and removing chairs and tents while tussling with demonstrators. At least five protesters were lightly wounded, with one needing a medical treatment at a hospital.
    Jerusalem city hall said in a statement that the municipality had removed the protesters' equipment for a second consecutive day because it "was placed without a permit and harms public order."
    כוחות משטרה ופקחים הגיעו הבוקר למאהל המחאה בבלפור ופינו משם כ-30 מפגינים וציודכוחות משטרה ופקחים הגיעו הבוקר למאהל המחאה בבלפור ופינו משם כ-30 מפגינים וציוד
    One protester hurt in scuffles with police
    Amir Haskel, a former Israeli air force general and one of the leaders of the protest, told Army Radio that the demonstrators were undeterred. "There's no chance that we're moving from here," he said. "You can't ignore the fact that we've been here 35 days."
    Last month, Haskel was arrested by police for allegedly holding a protest without a permit, but was later released without charges. He denounced his detention as an attempt to stifle the protest, which has grown in numbers since his arrest.
    On Friday, several thousand people gathered outside Netanyahu's residence, calling for his resignation.
    Police forces remove protesters
    (צילום: מחאת בלפור)
    Separately, thousands demonstrated on Saturday in downtown Tel Aviv, protesting what is widely seen as Netanyahu's failure to address economic woes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
    After Monday's dismantling of the sit-in, opposition leader Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter that "Netanyahu has lost public trust, and with it the courage to stand before citizens who tell him the truth daily - that he's failed."
    כוחות משטרה ופקחים הגיעו הבוקר למאהל המחאה בבלפור ופינו משם כ-30 מפגינים וציודכוחות משטרה ופקחים הגיעו הבוקר למאהל המחאה בבלפור ופינו משם כ-30 מפגינים וציוד
    Police and city officials remove protesters
    The incident came a day after public opinion polls showed dismal approval of Netanyahu's handling of the pandemic. A Channel 13 survey found that 75% of respondents were unsatisfied by the government's performance, while a similar poll by public broadcaster Kan showed that 85% were dissatisfied.

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