As part of a demonstration against the government’s judicial reform initiative, an Israeli was detained on Thursday after hitting Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter in the head with a banner.
Israel is seeing more than 150 protests as part of a “Day of Paralysis” that started early in the morning with a demonstration at the Airport City industrial park next to the airport’s eastern gate.
Before a conference in which Dichter and Economy Minister Nir Barkat will participate, demonstrators were blocking the highways.
With cries of “Shame” and threats against the Cabinet members, the protesters stormed the conference center.
In reaction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “I strongly condemn the attack on Minister Avi Dichter by a left-wing activist and urge that opposition leaders immediately stop the disorder, violence, and incitement against elected officials.
“Before it’s too late, I demand that the State Attorney’s Office and the police take swift, decisive action against anyone who touches elected officials.”
A reporter from the right-leaning Israeli television outlet Channel 14 was prevented from finishing her live report at the Airport City complex earlier on Thursday after being heckled by demonstrators.
מפגינת שמאל מכה את השר דיכטר בראשו עם דגל ישראל.
לפיד בתגובה: החזרנו את הדגל
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