Israelis protest against Netanyahu, gov’t handling of COVID-19

InternationalIsraelis protest against Netanyahu, gov’t handling of COVID-19

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Israelis protest against Netanyahu, gov’t handling of COVID-19

Tel Aviv: Israeli police used water cannon to disperse demonstrators around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence on Saturday as protests mounted against him over alleged corruption and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Hit by high unemployment, a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and reimposed coronavirus curbs, Israelis have taken to the streets in almost daily demonstrations against the government.

Public anger has been compounded by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who went on trial in May for bribery, fraud and breach of trust – charges he denies.

In Jerusalem, hundreds gathered outside the prime minister’s residence and then marched through the streets, calling for Netanyahu’s resignation as police used water cannon to disperse the crowds. At least two people were arrested, police said.

In Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial hub, thousands gathered at a rally by the beach, demanding better state aid to businesses hurt by coronavirus restrictions and to people who have lost jobs or have been put on unpaid leave. Unemployment currently stands at 21 percent.

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