As part of a “Day Of Disruptions” against the government’s attempts to approve judicial changes, hundreds of demonstrators shut down a key intersection in the middle of Israel, burning tires and delaying traffic.
The “reasonability clause” was repealed as a judicial review of governmental decisions, which were formerly held to the nebulous standard of “reasonability” in the eyes of the court.
This is the cause of the present protests.
On Monday night, the repeal of the clause passed its first reading, with all 64 coalition members voting in favor and all 56 opposition members voting against it.
Before police came, a group of about 30 protesters constructed a “tent city” near Herzliya’s HaSira Intersection, torched tires, fired flares, and stopped traffic.
The interchange reopened to traffic after around an hour.
In another incident, dozens of protestors near the Karkur crossroads draped a giant banner that read, “No entry to dictatorship.
The banner spanned from a bridge down to the road, causing a major traffic bottleneck in the region.
Additionally, protesters obstructed the primary route connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The police dispersed them with water cannons and reopened the road.
The high-pressure water injured one protester, who was transferred to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
According to police, as of 9:45 a.m. 24 people had been detained during demonstrations against judicial reform.
In the central area, twelve people were detained, followed by seven in Jerusalem, three on the seashore, and two in Tel Aviv.
There will likely be more protests in various places, including attempts to close Ben-Gurion Airport.
In order to account for any delays caused by demonstrations, airport staff advised visitors to come there at least three hours prior to their flights.
There will be protests in front of the President’s Residence in Jerusalem and the American Embassy in Tel Aviv at 6:30 o’clock.
Demonstrations are anticipated to begin at 8 p.m. in a number of sites, including a march along Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv.