In largest protest yet, over 10,000 rally against Netanyahu in Jerusalem

Demonstrators flood Paris Square and much of city center as thousands of others gather at various junctions throughout country, calling on premier to resign

1 August 2020

Thousands of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his official residence in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, in the biggest rally to be held in the capital since the recent start of anti-government protests.

Over 10,000 people attended the anti-corruption demonstration at the Prime Minister’s Residence, according to Hebrew media estimates.

Unlike past protesters there, demonstrators were granted permission to march through the city center along a route that would lead them back to the original protest site.

Besides the rally in Jerusalem, over a thousand people demonstrated outside Netanyahu’s private home in the coastal town of Caesarea, while thousands protested against the premier at bridges and highway overpasses across the country.

Hundreds also gathered at Charles Clore park in Tel Aviv to protest the government’s economic policies during the coronavirus pandemic. After the protest, some of the demonstrators marched toward the city’s Rabin Square, where police have barred the demonstrations from being held.