Thousands of Israeli protesters demonstrated Tuesday, July 11, 2023, across the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, known as the “State of Israeli, swiftly after the Israeli Knesset has given its first approval to a bill that would limit the oversight powers of the Supreme Court, stepping forward a controversial judicial overhaul in the occupation state.
The vote was 64 to 56 in favor of limiting the Israel supreme court’s power proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right governing coalition, warning that the bill could erode the government’s system balances and checks.
Anti-government protesters blocked roads across “Israel” and gathered at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, while Israeli forces evacuated the protesters from many roads and arrested many of them.
Israeli media reported that 42 protesters have been arrested nationwide by 11:00 am (0800 GMT).
The protesters, who had been sitting on the floor inside the building, were forcibly dragged out of the building by the Knesset security ahead of the vote, which extended from Monday into the early hours of Tuesday,
Earlier, Israeli protest leaders had announced a day of wide demonstrations ahead of the parliamentary vote in the Israeli Knesset, with dozens of marches expected across the Israeli occupation’s country.
These demonstrations are part of a wider opposition movement to Netanyahu’s policy of weakening the power of the judiciary, causing an acute political crisis.
The new bill aims to curb the Supreme Court’s power and intervention to void decisions made by the far-right Netanyahu government, which invites corruption and abuses of power.