Israelis protest new judicial reforms

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Israel announced its plans last month. After the announcement, tens of thousands of Israelis protested the decisions. Controversial judicial reform plans that have divided the country are being protested in front of parliament.

Israelis protest new judicial reforms

Israel announced its controversial judicial reforms last month. After the statements, the country was divided into two. Israel is witnessing the largest protests in the country's history.

If reform plans pass, they would curb the Supreme Court's power and give the government more say over judicial appointments.

While the government says the reforms will strengthen democracy, experts argue it will sabbotage it.


"I feel very distressed, very nervous, I have a lot of sleepless nights," said Helit from Ness Tziona, south of Tel Aviv, who came with her daughter.

"I think they will change. I hope so... but I think [it will be] only for a while. Then things will change again for the worse."

Dore, a lawyer from Tel Aviv, was one of thousands whose offices shut to enable staff to attend the protests.

"I'm here because my heart has been torn to pieces seeing what the new government is doing to Israeli democracy," he said.

"You know they are tearing apart the spirit of this country. And they are threatening the power of the legal systems. I cannot see it happening without protesting against it."

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