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Thousands of Israelis gathered Saturday for a weekly protest against the judicial reforms proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, which opponents say threaten Israel’s democratic values.
Protesters marched in two locations in the central coastal city of Tel Aviv, waving flags and chanting slogans against the justice minister. “Doctors are fighting for the life of democracy,” read a banner carried by a doctor at a Tel Aviv protest.
The demonstration was the fifth against the new government, a coalition of ultra-Orthodox and far-right nationalist parties that took power in December.
The government began proposing to weaken the Supreme Court by giving parliament the power to overturn court decisions by a simple majority vote. It seeks to reduce Parliament’s control over the appointment of judges and the independence of legal advisers.
Smaller protests were reported in several Israeli cities.
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