The most hard-line government coalition in Israel’s history, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was opposed by tens of thousands of citizens on Saturday.
Despite Netanyahu’s announcement in March that the divisive legal plans were placed on hold, the weekly demonstrations—now in their 22nd week—continue.
Several protests were organized throughout Israel, with the largest one drawing large crowds to Tel Aviv, the country’s capital.
The protesters pounded drums, lit candles, and waved Israeli flags.
Critics claim that the proposal directly threatens civil rights and the rights of minorities and other marginalized groups by weakening the court and restricting judicial monitoring of laws and government actions.
Even while negotiations between the administration and opposition are ongoing to establish a resolution on the plan, protests have persisted.
The administration claims that the judicial plan is intended to restrain a too-interventionist Supreme Court and give elected legislators back their authority.
According to critics, the country’s system of checks and balances will be destroyed, and the government will be given unchecked power.