• Noga Tarnopolsky
    8:08 PM · 8 août 2020

    at The Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem

    Noga Tarnopolsky
    8:32 PM · 8 août 2020

    15,000 Black Flag protesters surrounding Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem

    Charles Enderlin
    9:27 PM · 8 août 2020

    Deux militants.. 2... scandent à l’entrée de la manif : gauchistes traîtres Ils sont gardés par quelques policiers et des responsables de la manif pour que personne ne réagisse à la provocation

    Noga Tarnopolsky
    9:55 PM · 8 août 2020

    „Justice for Salomon, justice for Iyad!”

    #Jerusalem #Israelmanif

    • More than 10,000 join peaceful anti-Netanyahu protest in Jerusalem, for fourth week in a row - Israel News - Haaretz.com

      Haaretz photographer detained, protesters in Eilat say they were pepper sprayed ■ Near the prime minister’s official residence, one says ’The next political murder is written on the wall’
      Josh Breiner, Noa Shpigel | Aug. 9, 2020 | 4:55 AM | 1

      More than 10,000 protesters gathered on Saturday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence, and thousands more across the country in demonstrations against the government for the fourth week in a row.

      Police in Jerusalem attempted to bring the demonstration to an end shortly after midnight by airing an announcement over loudspeakers. Police started evacuating protesters from the area around the residence around half an hour later.

      Calls to leave the protest zone after midnight often preceded more severe clashes between protesters and law enforcement at previous demonstrations, and some feared violence before the protest started – but the demonstration ended quickly, after an apparently firm police operation. Three were arrested for “disturbing the peace,” the police later said in a statement.

      Haaretz photographer Ohad Zwigenberg was briefly detained. He was released after being confined for 20 minutes to a bus rented to carry away detained protesters.

      In the southern city of Eilat, protesters said they were pepper sprayed, while a police unit in the area said it noticed “something in the air” that soon subsided. Protesters said about 10 of them felt their eyes burn after being sprayed from inside a car and did not see the perpetrator.

      The protests demanding that Netanyahu resign over his corruption charges have been notable for their relative intensity and allegations of police misconduct, as well as violent assaults on protesters who say their aggressors were right-wing extremists.

      One protester in Jerusalem on Saturday, Liat Levy, told Haaretz: “The next political murder is written on the wall.” Referring to an interview with the murderer of a left-wing activist, she said, “We all heard Yona Avrushmi calling us ‘germs’ yesterday, and that’s the message Netanyahu signaled, and there are those who may get ideas. ... It’s only a matter of time until a protester is hurt.”

      Netanyahu’s Likud party on Saturday called the protests “left-wing riots” and accused Israel’s Channel 12 News of “doing everything it can to encourage the far-left demonstrations” of the premier’s opponents, after it aired an interview with Benny Gantz.

      Some 10,000 people participated in last Saturday’s protest at the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem, with 12 protesters being arrested. Earlier that week, five protesters were injured after being attacked, allegedly by far-right counter demonstrators, including with broken glass bottles.

      Netanyahu said this week that the ongoing protests “are being organized at luxury hotels towers” and doubled down on his claims that they are being led by “anarchists.” The prime minister further alleged that the protests “are funded by left-wing foundations and receive disproportionate support from the media.” He has also continuously complained of uncontrolled incitement against him, including what he has said are daily death threats against him and his family and that the media are supportive of the protests “at North Korean” levels. He has also accused protesters of being “coronavirus incubators.”

      Meanwhile, this week Facebook removed three fake accounts that were pretending to be anti-government protest activists and uploaded content inciting against Netanyahu.

      Bar Peleg, Almog Ben Zikri and Reuters contributed to this report.

      #Jerusalem #Israelmanif

  • Twelve anti-Netanyahu protesters arrested at thousands-strong rally outside PM’s residence
    Nir Hasson, Josh Breiner, Bar Peleg, Noa Shpigel, Hagar Shezaf | Aug. 2, 2020 | 8:15 AM | Haaretz.com

    Police arrested 12 people as thousands gathered Saturday evening outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem, his private home in Caesarea and junctions throughout the country in the latest wave of protests calling for his resignation.

    Some 10,000 people protested near the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem and began marching toward the city center.

    The protest and march were approved by the Israel Police, saying they will not tolerate any disturbances of the public order. Last week, five protesters were injured after being attacked by far-right counter demonstrators.

    The police have also been accused of using excessive force against peaceful protesters, deploying riot control units in large numbers, as well as undercover officers, mounted units and water cannons.

    The protest went on until after midnight, with several clashes erupting at around 1:30 A.M. after police forcibly removed protesters who remained in the area. A group of anti-government protesters refused to clear the area, chanting “An entire generation demands a future,” while sitting on the ground.

    Hundreds also gathered outside Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea, under heavy police presence. One protester, a resident of the luxurious suburban town, called on Netanyahu to “Stay in Caesarea, we’d love to have you here. But you must vacate the official residence in Balfour.”

    Former Knesset member for the Zionist Union Yael Cohen Paran was present at the protest in Caesarea. “This week we have seen incitement, incitement against organizers of the Crime Minister movement ... This, of all things, has brought everyone out of their houses, out of their indifference.” Paran added, “The people sitting in the Knesset don’t care. I was there. This is a disconnected government, they care only about themselves and need to go home. Our camp needs to renew itself, elections are coming soon.”

    Across the country, thousands of activists representing the anti-corruption “Black Flag” movement congregated on some 260 of the country’s largest bridges and junctions for the sixth consecutive Saturday. Large police forces were deployed at all protest sites. Four men were detained near the southern towns of Ashkelon and Sderot for harassing and spitting on demonstrators. One was detained after throwing a stone at protesters in Haifa. Protesters in Tel Aviv said they were pepper sprayed by two people on a motorcycle.

    Police have opened an investigation into reports of a car attempting to ram into protesters at a junction in Rehovot. According to two eyewitnesses, two women with a child in the back seat drove up on the sidewalk, turned around and attempted to ram into people again. “She cursed us, calling us loser leftists and threw bottles at as. She had a look of hatred in her eyes,” Ehud Geiger, who was protesting at the intersection said. “She can’t say she just drifted out of her lane, she had two tires up on the sidewalk."

    Dana Miles, an activist for the the left-wing NGO Peace Now, said that Israelis must stand up against incitement. “This government-endorsed incitement terrifies me as someone who grew up here and knows exactly what it could lead to. It is our responsibility to stop a leadership that defends violence on the streets.”

    Gali Shorer from Kibbutz Shefayim told Haaretz that this is her first time attending an anti-Netanyahu protest. “Suddenly it hit me in the gut: Where are we going? What kind of reality are my kids growing up to? I don’t know where this will lead, but I’m hoping that something different can happen here.”

    Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters gathered at Charles Clore Park in Tel Aviv to protest the government’s failure to manage the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis. Despite the police having only permitted a protest at the park, several dozens began marching through the city.

    Yafa Ben Porat, 83, said this was her first time protesting "because all week I’ve been hurting over what the Knesset and lawmakers were doing. They’re liars, they’re frauds, Bibi [Netanyahu] has an empire in Caesarea, everyone needs to get up and join the protest ... We should be getting the money, not the parasites.”

    Ronit, who lives in central Israel, brought her daughter and other relatives with her to the protest. She said: “I’ve brought the next generation with me to make sure that our rights are preserved also for the next generation. They should have a government that serves them and not the other way around.”

    Dozens of people associated with Sheffi Paz, a far-right, anti-asylum seekers activist, arrived at the private residence of Supreme Court President Esther Hayut. They protested the High Court’s refusal to forbid the protests surrounding Netanyahu’s official residence following a petition by some the area’s residents.

    Sheffi Paz was later arrested for allegedly spray-painting graffiti on near Hayut’s house.

    Police Jerusalem District commander Doron Yedid left the protest after it became known that Jerusalem Affairs Minister Rafi Peretz tested positive for the coronaviorus. The two had met last week.

    The Jerusalem protests have been taking place regularly for over a month near the prime minister’s residence, which has become the epicenter of the protest movement.

    On Thursday, 14 members of the so-called La Familia, an extremist organization of fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, were arrested at an anti-Netanyahu protest on suspicion of attacking demonstrators. The detainees were released on Friday morning.

    nir hasson
    מאות על קינג ג’ורג’. "צדק לסלומון, צדק לאיאד". בכיכר עדיין אלפים רבים.
    (Des centaines sur le roi George. « Justice pour Salomon, justice pour Iyad ». Il y en a encore plusieurs milliers sur la place.)

    Guy Ben-Aharon
    "Iyad is everyone’s child" #BibiGoHome #jerusalem #ביביתתפטר #protest #justiceforiyad
    "Iyad est l’enfant de tous" #BibiGoHome#jerusalem#ביביתתפטר#protest#justiceforiyad
    Ayman Odeh
    לקחתי הפסקה של שעה מחגיגות חג הקורבן כדי להפגין בבלפור. להעיף את נתניהו ואת הדרך הגזענית ומושחתת שהוא מייצג זה הצעד הראשון בתיקון העמוק שנדרש פה.
    (J’ai pris une heure sur les célébrations de la Fête de l’Aïd pour manifester à Balfour. Renverser Netanyahu et la voie raciste et corrompue qu’il représente est la première étape du profond changement requis ici.)


  • « Nous ne sommes plus parias » : Les militants anti-occupation trouvent leur place dans les manifestations israéliennes
    Par Oren Ziv, le 30 juillet 2020 | Traduction : GD pour l’Agence Média Palestine

    Source : +972 Magazine | Agence Media Palestine

    Pendant des années, la gauche a essayé d’insérer ses messages dans les principales manifestations israéliennes, mais elle a été rejetée. Aujourd’hui, les manifestations anti-Nétanyahou sont très différentes.

    La présence croissante de manifestants israéliens contre l’occupation a été l’un des aspects les plus notables de la vague de manifestations qui a débuté le 14 juillet devant la résidence du Premier ministre, rue Balfour, à Jérusalem. Ce bloc de manifestants a notamment réclamé justice pour Iyad al-Hallaq, un Palestinien autiste que la police israélienne a abattu dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem à la fin du mois de mai.

    Le bloc anti-occupation, composé de plusieurs centaines de manifestants, n’est pas en marge des manifestations. Samedi soir dernier, par exemple, il a été possible de les entendre chanter « Justice pour Iyad » à la résidence du Premier ministre, alors même que la police anti-émeute israélienne dispersait la foule avec force.

    Contrairement aux innombrables cas de ces dix dernières années, où les manifestants de gauche ont tenté d’insérer des messages radicaux dans les principales manifestations et ont été confrontés au rejet ou à la violence, cette fois-ci, la réaction a été très différente. (...)


  • ’No longer outcasts’: Anti-occupation activists find their place in Israeli protests
    Left-wingers tried to insert their messages into mainstream Israeli protests for years, only to be rejected. Today’s anti-Netanyahu protests are very different.
    Oren Ziv | July 30, 2020 - +972 Magazine

    The growing presence of Israeli anti-occupation protesters has been one of the most notable aspects of the wave of demonstrations that started on July 14 outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street, Jerusalem. Among other things, this bloc of protesters have demanded justice for Iyad al-Hallaq, a Palestinian with autism whom Israeli police shot dead in the Old City of Jerusalem in late May.

    The anti-occupation bloc, comprising several hundred protesters, are not on the margins of the demonstrations. Last Saturday night, for example, it was possible to hear them chanting “Justice for Iyad” at the Prime Minister’s residence, even as Israeli riot police were forcefully dispersing the crowd.

    In contrast to countless instances over the past decade, in which left-wing protesters have tried to insert radical messaging into mainstream demonstrations and been met with rejection or violence, this time, the response was very different. (...)


  • Israël. Le régime autoritaire de Netanyahou contesté. Quelle dynamique ?
    Par Meron Rapoport (Article publié sur le site israélien +972, le 23 juillet 2020 https://www.972mag.com/netanyahu-authoritarian-protests-corruption ; traduction rédaction A l’Encontre)

    Les chemins des avocats israéliens Lea Tsemel et Gonen Ben Yitzhak se sont croisés dans le passé, même si ce n’est pas directement. Lea Tsemel a défendu des générations de Palestiniens devant les tribunaux militaires israéliens, qui ont très souvent fondé leurs décisions sur des informations classifiées fournies par le Shin Bet (Service de sécurité intérieure israélien). Ben Yitzhak a représenté des agents du Shin Bet, qui ont fourni ces informations sous un régime antidémocratique dans les territoires occupés.

    Mercredi dernier, Tsemel et Ben Yitzhak se sont à nouveau rencontrés. Cette fois, Ben Yitzhak, qui est l’une des figures de proue des manifestations du nom « le ministre du crime » contre la corruption de Benyamin Netanyahou, a été amené menotté au poste de police du Russian Compound de Jérusalem [un des plus vieux quartiers au centre Jérusalem où se trouve l’église orthodoxe] pour que sa détention préventive soit prolongée, un jour après avoir été arrêté lors des manifestations du « Jour de la Bastille » devant la résidence du Premier ministre.

    Lea Tsemel est également arrivée au poste du Russian Compound ce jour-là, tout comme elle l’avait fait d’innombrables fois lorsqu’elle représentait des détenus palestiniens ; cette fois pour représenter Ben Yitzhak et sept autres personnes qui ont été arrêtées. Mais la police a décidé de maintenir Lea Tsemel en dehors du poste du Russian Compound, affirmant qu’elle était censée être en quarantaine à cause d’un supposé contact avec quelqu’un qui avait contracté le Covid-19.

    Lors d’une petite conférence de presse le lendemain, Ben Yitzhak a affirmé que la police ne disposait d’« aucune preuve » que Lea Tsemel devait être isolée. Les détenus, a déclaré Ben Yitzhak, n’ont pas pu bénéficier d’une représentation juridique. Ceci, a-t-il conclu, « ne peut pas avoir lieu dans une démocratie ». L’ironie de la situation le dépasse.

    Ce petit incident montre à quel point les dirigeants des manifestations anti-corruption sont des membres privilégiés de l’establishment lui-même. Mais il montre aussi la situation complexe créée par les manifestations anti-Netanyahou – qui ont pris une ampleur considérable en raison de la mauvaise gestion de la pandémie et de l’économie par le gouvernement. Ces mêmes personnalités de l’establishment se considèrent désormais comme des « dissidents ». Les protestations, qui ont été menées par les « privilégiés », ont conduit à la remise en cause la plus directe du pouvoir de la droite de la dernière décennie.(...)


  • Broken bottles, fists and pepper spray: Protesters against Netanyahu gov’t recount assault
    In fourth time within a week, protesters injured at anti-gov’t demonstration. One eye witness said: ’They came to murder us’
    Bar Peleg | Jul. 29, 2020 | 8:48 AM

    Five demonstrators were attacked Tuesday night by an unidentified group as hundreds protested near the home of Public Security Minister Amir Ohana in Tel Aviv against police brutality and what they view as attempts to subdue the growing protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent weeks.

    Protesters recount being assaulted by a group of people who infiltrated the protest. The attackers stabbed protesters with broken glass bottles, punched them, beat them with chairs and sprayed them with pepper spray. Two of the demonstrators were cut on their necks, one requiring stitches.

    According to the demonstrators, police ignored their calls for help and, only later arriving at the scene to break up the clashes. The attackers, whose identity is unknown and who pretended they are part of the anti-government protest, managed to escape the scene.

    One demonstrator who received medical attention while sprawled on the ground said: “They came to murder us. Where are the cops? My friend was attacked with a bottle to his head and they sprayed mace in my face."

    Omer Cohen, another protester who was attacked said, “They came in a big group and beat me while throwing broken glass bottles at me.”

    The attackers, dressed in black, threw stones, glass bottles and sprayed mace at some of the protesters who had walked from Ohana’s home to the Ayalon Highway, briefly blocking parts of it. The group began beating the demonstrators suddenly and without any provocation on their part. Some eyewitnesses said the attackers were right-wing activists who sneaked into the protests, while other say they belonged to the so-called La Familia, an extremist organization of fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team.

    Another anti-government protester, Yakir Ben Maor, said that one of the attackers punched a demonstrator for no apparent reason. They then fled the protest, spraying pepper spray at the demonstrators.

    Dor Segal, an eyewitness, told Haaretz that the group was full with hatred. “People are scared coming to protesters because of this. It’s frightening to think that next time the attackers will use a knife.”

    Itamar Katzir, a Haaretz reporter who was at the scene and followed the unknown individuals said, “just several meters before the Cinematheque, I saw a protester who got punched in the face with at least 10 people surrounding him.” Katzir added that two of them held black flags, so I didn’t know if they were pretending to be protesters belonging to the anti-corruption Black Flags movement, but it seemed they were looking for trouble. When I reached the Cinematheque, they started randomly beating people with chairs, bottles and flags, and I tried to catch them. It took the police to arrive a long time, they didn’t realized that group of people was going around attacking people."

    Responding to the violence, Defense Minister and Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz said that “gratuitous hatred has ruined and keeps on ruining the people of Israel, whose true resilience emanates from its unity. Those who attacked the protesters must be apprehended and brought to justice. No one will silence protests in Israel while we are here.”

    Police Commissioner Moti Cohen said that “Our duty is to allow the freedom of protest for every citizen in accordance with the law. Our duty is to work for the implementation of civil rights for all of Israel’s citizens, as we have been doing every day.

    “The wellbeing of the public and its safety are our first priority, and therefore we will act with determination against any kind of violence, vandalism or inflicting harm to civilians and police officers. I call on the demonstrators to keep the protest free of violence, follow police orders and not allow protests to escalate to violence and breaking the law,” Cohen added.


    • Tel Aviv : Des manifestants agressés par des activistes d’extrême droite présumés
      Les victimes manifestaient aux abords du domicile du ministre de la Police ; 5 personnes ont été hospitalisées dont deux blessées au couteau, il y a eu 4 arrestations
      Par Times of Israel Staff 29 juillet 2020, 10:54

      Plusieurs activistes d’extrême-droite présumés ont attaqué mardi soir des manifestants rassemblés près du domicile du ministre de la Sécurité intérieure, Amir Ohana, après la diffusion d’un enregistrement dans lequel ce dernier donnait pour instruction aux hauts-responsables de la police d’intensifier la répression à l’encontre des Israéliens lors des mouvements de protestation contre le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu.

      Les attaquants ont été vus en train de frapper les manifestants avec des bouteilles de verre et des chaises, et les asperger de gaz lacrymogène.

      Les organisateurs du mouvement ont fait savoir que cinq personnes avaient été hospitalisées, deux d’entre elles blessées au dos par une arme blanche.

      « Ils nous ont frappés avec des chaises, ils nous ont attaqués à coup de bouteilles de verre. Il y a eu du sang », a commenté un participant au rassemblement, s’adressant au site d’information Walla.

      La radio militaire a fait savoir que les agresseurs appartenaient au club de hooligans du Beitar Jérusalem, la Familia. Le groupe est connu pour ses éléments d’extrême-droite et racistes, et il aurait été responsable d’agressions similaires commises contre des manifestants à Jérusalem, la semaine dernière.

      La police a annoncé avoir procédé à quatre arrestations pour troubles à l’ordre public et agression, sans donner d’autres détails.

      Des centaines de personnes se sont réunies, mardi soir, aux abords du domicile d’Ohana.

      Certains ont ensuite bloqué l’autoroute Ayalon, obligeant la police à dévier la circulation routière.

      Au domicile du ministre du Likud, les protestataires se sont tenus derrière une barrière, scandant des slogans dénonçant Ohana, le gouvernement et la police, à grand renfort de vuvuzelas. Parmi les slogans : « Police, qui protèges-tu ? », « C’est la honte », « Qui nous protégera de la police ? » et autres accroches contre les policiers.

      Un voisin d’Ohana qui s’est confié au Times of Israel a déclaré que le rassemblement avait été plus dense que d’autres qui avaient eu lieu, dans le passé, aux abords de son domicile, dans une tour de Tel Aviv. Il a également noté qu’il avait été toutefois moins important que les autres mouvements de protestation anti-gouvernementaux récents.

      Pour leur part, ce sont des centaines de personnes qui se sont réunies près de la résidence officielle de Netanyahu à Jérusalem, amplifiant la pression dans le cadre d’une campagne qui appelle le chef de gouvernement de longue date à démissionner.

      Les participants ont scandé le slogan devenu le cri de ralliement dans les manifestations contre Netanyahu, accusé de corruption et dont le procès a lieu actuellement : « Capital ! Régime ! Pègre ! »

      Netanyahu est traduit devant la justice pour une série de dossiers dans lesquels il est mis en cause. Il aurait ainsi reçu des cadeaux luxueux de la part de ses amis milliardaires et il aurait fait des faveurs en termes de réglementations à des magnats des médias en échange d’une couverture plus favorable de ses actions et de celles de sa famille dans leurs journaux.

      Le Premier ministre, pour sa part, n’a cessé de clamer son innocence, accusant les médias et le système judiciaire de « chasse aux sorcières » visant à lui faire quitter sa fonction, et il a refusé d’abandonner son poste.

      Les manifestants ont également tourné leur attention vers Ohana qui aurait encouragé la police à réprimer les rassemblements organisés à la résidence du Premier ministre à Jérusalem.

      Selon des enregistrements qui ont fuité et qui ont été diffusés, dimanche, par la chaîne publique Kan, Ohana tenterait de mettre au défi un jugement émis par la Haute-cour de justice qui avait autorisé les manifestations continues à Jérusalem contre Netanyahu. Il exercerait de fortes pressions sur les forces de l’ordre en faveur de répressions plus sévères.

      Répondant à cette fuite d’information, le procureur-général Avichai Mandelblit a envoyé une lettre au commissaire de police Motti Cohen, mardi, lui disant de ne prendre des décisions que sur la base de considérations professionnelles.

      « La pouvoir décisionnaire, en ce qui concerne la prise en charge de ces manifestations, a été accordé à la police qui est placée sous votre autorité ; il ne doit dépendre que de votre jugement professionnel et sans autre considération indépendante », a écrit Mandelblit.

      Des mouvements de protestation ont été organisés de manière répétée aux abords de la résidence officielle du Premier ministre. Ils ont attiré des milliers d’Israéliens furieux contre la corruption gouvernementale, la gestion de la crise du coronavirus et autres maux. Des scènes occasionnelles de violences ont pu avoir lieu, souvent de la part des agents de police qui tentaient de disperser la foule.

      Netanyahu et certains de ses partisans ont condamné les manifestants, les qualifiant « d’anarchistes ».

      Ohana aurait demandé, dans le passé, que les rassemblements à Jérusalem soient interdits ou organisés ailleurs que devant l’habitation du Premier ministre.

      La Haute-cour a approuvé les manifestations actuelles près de la résidence de Netanyahu, qui habite dans le quartier Rehavia de Jérusalem, entraînant la colère de résidents locaux qui ont porté plainte devant le tribunal pour les faire interdire, évoquant des perturbations de leur vie quotidienne.

      Michael Bachner a contribué à cet article.

  • Several arrested for attacking demonstrators at anti-Netanyahu protests across Israel
    Josh Breiner, Noa Shpigel, Bar Peleg, Nir Hasson, Almog Ben Zikri | Jul. 26, 2020 | 8:26 AM

    Israel Police said on Sunday morning that they had arrested at least three people for assaulting anti-government protesters as thousands demonstrated in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence, calling for his resignation over his corruption charges and what they call a faulty handling of the coronavirus crisis.

    On Saturday, over five thousand protesters massed in front of Netanyahu’s official residence on Balfour Street, which has become the epicenter of the protest movement. They were forcefully dispersed by police in the early hours of Sunday, using water cannons and mounted units.

    Police said that a Netanyahu supporter was detained for spraying mace at a protester in central Israel. The 34-year-old man from the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan remained in custody overnight and police said they will be asking to extend his detention on Sunday.

    During the police interrogation, the man confessed and regretted the act, although he said he actually used window cleaning liquid rather than pepper spray. His motivation was anger about the damage to the country’s symbols, he said, adding that he had been influenced by the incitement that exists on social networks

    Another counter-protester was arrested on suspicion of stabbing an anti-government demonstrator in the neck at the Sha’ar HaNegev junction in southern Israel. The police said they would ask that he remain in custody, adding that they are working to bring to justice those who were also involved in the incident.

    A third person was also arrested in Jerusalem, and five others detained on suspicion of attacking a demonstrator on Lincoln Street, near the prime minister’s official residence. According to eyewitnesses, the attack was carried out by five men with a helmet and a glass bottle.

    In addition, police said that 12 anti-Netanyahu protesters had been arrested overnight for “various offences related to disturbing the peace.” Protests were also held in Caesarea in front of Netanyahu’s private home, and at some 250 intersections throughout the country. One man was also detained for tearing up protesters’ signs in Caesarea.

    A group of some 20 right-wing activists participated in a counter-protest nearby, raising concerns of further clashes between anti- and pro-Netanyahu groups. On Thursday, a counter-protest by Netanyahu supporters drew some 200 Likud activists nearby, joined by a few dozen members of La Familia, an extremist organization of fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team. Six ant-Netanyahu demonstrators said they were violently assaulted by members of La Familia.

    According to eyewitnesses, a demonstrator wearing a pink bandana was attacked by five men dressed in black on Lincoln Street, Jerusalem. The witnesses reported that the five beat him with a helmet and smashed a glass bottle on his body. An eyewitness at the scene called the police.

    Meanwhile, two other anti-Netanyahu protesters testified that they were attacked by three right-wing activists after they left the demonstration. According to one of them, “Three young men asked my friend: ’Are you [with] Bibi or against Bibi?’ He didn’t answer, and then one of them started beating him. Then he came in front of me and punched me in the face and threw my glasses down the road.”

    ’It’s important for him to be there’

    The protesters that were attacked in junctions in central and southern Israel both recount being there with children, and being attacked without provocation.

    at the Sha’ar HaNegev junction in Nir Am, in southern Israel said they were attacked by at least ten people

    Nir Sa’ar, the man who was stabbed in the neck, said he was participating in a peaceful demonstration with several friends and their families, including children, when five vehicles arrived. Sa’ar said that about 15 men disembarked and began to encircle them.

    They arrived “to make chaos, they came down and started to tear posters,” and beat and spit at protesters, says fellow protester Ishai Loz. “They took out some sort of sharp object. We tried to just get the kids out of there. My friend was stabbed in the neck. I took a blow to my chest, a little cut, and I’m getting an X-ray now.” According to Loz, the same group threw punches as well.

    K. was protesting with his son and a few friends at the Aluf Sadeh interchange in central Israel. “My son asked to stay and stand close to the road with his friends and their parents,” he told Haaretz. “All of a sudden, a car passed and sprayed gas towards him and his group of kids,” he said.

    “[The car] slowed down, opened the window, sprayed, and hurried away. There were police, but they didn’t manage to catch the car... The brave kid, he understands what happened there. This is his second protest there, it’s important to him to go,” he added.

    Netanyahu blasts ’anarchist’ and ’Bolshevik’ media

    In a Facebook post, Netanyahu accused Channel 12 News of inflating the number of attendees of the protests against him in its reporting, calling it a “Shameless propaganda arm of the anarchist left to bring down the right-wing government and its leader.”

    He went on to write that the channel is pouring fire on the flames of the “Political protests that are organized and funded by leftist groups. [It’s] fake news on steroids.” He continued, “Almost all their programs, segments and analyses are used for unbridled Bolshevik propaganda against the prime minister.”

    “And of course, they don’t even say one word on the blatant threats to murder the prime minister and his family,” the prime minister added.

    Public Security Minister Amir Ohana said Saturday night that the protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be limited. “We need to restrict the number of people, the location, maybe in a more open space,” Ohana told Channel 12’s Meet the Press program.

    “The Health Ministry said that this is a coronavirus incubator. If all the experts are saying that this hurts our efforts against the coronavirus, then we must limit it,” he said.

    His remarks come after it was reported that Ohana asked the police to examine the possibility of requiring protests held outside Netanyahu’s official residence to move to another venue, arguing that these events are harming the neighbors.

    Police representatives cited a Supreme Court ruling and told Ohana it wasn’t possible to prevent a protest from taking place or to require a license for it.

    Protests gain pace

    This marks the fifth week of the “black flag” protests, which call for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down in light of his criminal indictments for bribery, fraud and breach of trust. This particular wave of demonstrations began after the arrest of protest leader Amir Haskel.

    The protests were organized by multiple movements calling for economic relief and Netanyahu’s resignation: the Black Flags, Crime Minister, Culture Shock, Wake Up Israel and a number of new groups. These include the Women’s March, which was established over the past few years in Tel Aviv, and a number of LGBTQ activists, including the gay party line Cock Shock.

    Another central protest site is Tel Aviv’s Charles Clore Park, where a number of organizations are protesting the economic crisis. The protest is being held under the banner “Shaking them from their chairs,” and the organizers explained that they do not intend to take aim at the prime minister alone, and that they want the demonstration to remain apolitical.

    “The protest is socio-economic, where there will be shouts and roars to fix the conduct toward Israeli citizens. They will come to sound the cries of the nation,” the organizers said.

    Ahead of Saturday night’s protest, the organizers posted a call to police to behave with restraint. “We hope that contrary to previous demonstrations, in which the police did not allow protesters to disperse and exacted useless and unruly violence against them, which injured dozens of people, tonight the police will conduct itself responsibly.”

    The statement sought to remind the Israel Police that “it is your duty to defend your citizens, not to fill arrest quotas… We will on our part continue to fulfill our role: To throng the streets with beautiful, hopeful citizens who are unwilling to remain silent any longer.”

    Violence and arrests

    On Friday, a one thousand-strong demonstration took place in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence. Over the weekend, another group of protesters set up camp at the city’s Independence Park, which is located near Balfour Street. The group, which goes by the name FestiBalfour sought to establish a permanent camp that would support the protest and act as its cultural hub.

    Police sought to evacuate members of the group from the park following Thursday’s demonstration, but they later returned and remained there over the weekend.

    Some 4,000 people protested in Jerusalem on Thursday, calling on Netanyahu to resign over his corruption charges, handling of the coronavirus crisis and allegedly anti-democratic measures.

    This is the eighth protest in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence in two weeks. As of Saturday evening, 160 protesters were arrested during demonstrations, 55 of them on Thursday night. Thirty-five of them were released on the condition that they keep their distance from Jerusalem’s Paris Square and the residence, and 19 more were brought before a judge to be released with similar restraining orders.

    Two were released unconditionally, one of whom after he showed the judge a video of his arrest in which he did not resist, countering the police’s claims. Another protester was sentenced to house arrest until Sunday, on suspicion of attacking an officer.

    Fortifying Caesarea

    Also Thursday, Caesarea residents reported that security protocols around Netanyahu’s private house had changed: A fence was erected behind the homes on the street, and temporary barriers were put up that would allow security forces to close off the street.

    An activist who claimed he was walking on the house’s street was stopped by police Saturday afternoon. Police said he had entered “a sterile area” and that they had requested he leave a number of times, and only stopped him when he refused to do so.

    The activist, Gil Solomon of Caesarea, told Haaretz that he is still “trying to understand why they stopped me.” He added, “In the beginning, the security guard told me that these are the instructions of the government. After I began to question it a little bit, a police officer told me that it was the Shin Bet’s instructions.”

    He continued, “At the police station, when they questioned me, they told me that I was stopped on suspicion of bothering the police officer while he was fulfilling his duties. The officer wasn’t there when the argument happened. [The security guards] called for him. How did I get in the way of him carrying out his duty? He was literally carrying out his duty.”

    The Black Flags protest movement said: "This evening is a sharp and clear message to the convict Netanyahu that his time is up. This week, we received proof as to what the Netanyahu regime is: weakening the Knesset and democracy, suppressing the protest, incitement against broad segments of the nation, dealing with criminal matters and an endless campaign of lies.

    “The complete failure to deal with the coronavirus is on the convict alone. The citizens of the country deserve a prime minister who deals from morning until night with stopping the pandemic and rehabilitating the economy – not a convict who only looks out for himself.”


  • Antoine Mariotti
    11:19 PM · 21 juil. 2020

    De nombreux Israéliens continuent de manifester ce soir à #Jérusalem devant la résidence de #Netanyahou pour réclamer sa démission. Moins de monde que samedi dernier à la même heure mais mobilisation toujours forte et surtout qui dure. #Israel #coronavirus #corruption

    Antoine Mariotti
    11:24 PM · 21 juil. 2020

    « Justice pour Iyad » scandent les manifestants devant la résidence du Premier ministre israélien. Iyad Al Hallak, palestinien de 32 ans et autiste, a été tué par la police israélienne dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem le 30 mai dernier.

    Guilhem Delteil
    11:01 PM · 21 juil. 2020

    Ce soir encore, la place de Paris près de la résidence du Premier ministre israélien est pleine de manifestants anti-Netanyahu. La foule est encore plus nombreuse que samedi dernier. Les protestataires promettent de rester sur place et appellent les Israéliens « à se réveiller »

    Guilhem Delteil
    11:18 PM · 21 juil. 2020

    Dans la foule, les revendications se mêlent : « justice pour Eyad » (Eyad el Hallaq, un Palestinien autiste tué par la police en juin) dit la banderole. Mais une même demande : la démission de Netanyahu.

    Antoine Mariotti
    11:54 PM · 21 juil. 2020

    Le correspondant de @rfi @GuilhemDelteil « gentiment » dégagé par la police israélienne pendant qu’il fait simplement son travail et a clairement un micro à la main..

    Noga Tarnopolsky
    11:22 PM · 21 juil. 2020

    Justice for Iyad! Justice for Iyad! No protesters seem inclined to go anywhere were and the police has moved back significantly.


    • Jerusalem police clash with anti-government protesters, detain 55 outside Netanyahu’s residence
      Nir Hasson, Bar Peleg | Jul. 24, 2020 | 10:47 AM - Haaretz.com

      Police arrested 55 demonstrators Thursday night as thousands of anti-government protesters gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem, calling for his resignation over his corruption charges and what they call a mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis and assault on democracy.

      This is the biggest number of protesters police have arrested since the anti-Netanyahu demonstrations kicked off several weeks ago. Most of the protesters were released on Friday morning with restrictions on movement, including a ban from entering Jerusalem for a period of up to 10 days.

      Nearly 20 other protesters will be brought before a Jerusalem judge on Friday after refusing to agree to limitations.

      Police said some 4,000 people took part in the protest, adding that about 1,000 demonstrators remained at Paris Square by the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street after the protest ended.

      The movement had called for Thursday’s protest in response to an emergency powers law that was passed in the Knesset on Wednesday and allows the government to take some executive decisions bypassing legislative oversight amid the coronavirus crisis.

      Police started to forcefully break up the protest at around 10:30 P.M. At midnight, violent clashes erupted between the police and hundreds of demonstrators who refused to leave the square. Those remaining planned to march toward the city center, but police officers used water cannons to prevent them from doing so, prompting the crowd to disperse.

      Police said in a statement that protesters were arrested on suspicion of causing public disturbance, as well as assaulting police officers and other demonstrators.

      “Police officers acted to protect the health of those taking part in the protest, and enforced the wearing of masks on those who failed to do so. After police declared several times that the protest was over, some refused to leave the area, therefore obligating officers to disperse them and restore public order,” the statement read.

      The police added they “will work to allow each and every person to exercise their right to protest, but at the same time won’t allow any violation of public order.”

      Gonen Ben Yitzhak, an attorney for some of those arrested, said an investigations officer for the Jerusalem police refused to allow him to enter the station where those arrested were being held, and was unable to represent them.

      Police set up a buffer zone to separate the anti and pro-Netanyahu protesters. Confrontations also developed between the police Netanyahu’s supporters, with mounted police officers pushing back demonstrators who tried to enter the buffer zone.

      One counter-protester, Likud activist Boris Aplichuk, said the anti-Netanyahu protesters were “the pereprators of chaos, the perpetrators of anarchy and the destroyers of the State of Israel” and said the protests were funded by “a pedophile named Epstein,” referring to Jeffrey Epstein, whose links with former prime minister and Netanyahu opponent Ehud Barak have been highlighted by supporters of the prime minister.

      Aplichuk added that Barak and opposition politicians Yair Lapid and Avigdor Lieberman were behind the protests and that “they serve the Israeli deep state that has taken over our law enforcement system.”

      Left-wing activists said they have been attacked throughout the protest by members of extremist right-wing La Familia soccer fan club at Paris Square and nearby streets. Some said they were attacked while sitting at a coffee shop, with one saying his hand was cut by a glass bottle a La Familia member smashed at his direction.

      Left-wing activist and media adviser Ahiya Shatz who attended the protest told Haaretz he was also attacked by La Familia members. “There were four people from La Familia who yelled ’It’s a shame that Hitler didn’t finish the job,’ and ’You don’t deserve someone like Bibi, you deserve someone like Hitler.’ Then a bigger group approached me and I started filming them, pushed me and knocked my phone out of my hand.”

      Thursday’s protest is the sixth such demonstration in the last ten days. Further demonstrations are expected on Friday and Saturday. The protests started last month and as they grew and turned into marches on the center of the city, the police response also became increasingly forceful, with law enforcement deploying riot control units, as well as mounted units and water cannons.

      More than 100 people were arrested in the last week and a half, most of them released with restraining orders preventing them from returning to the area.

      Residents of the Rehavia neighborhood, where Balfour Street is situated, filed a petition with the High Court asking to prevent the demonstrations, saying it affected their quality of life, as well as their safety. They report constant noise from almost permanent encampments of anti- and pro-Netanyahu supporters, who sometimes engage in shouting matches in the middle of the night.

      Some of the petitioners met with Public Security Minister Amir Ohana on Wednesday, who is known as a staunch Netanyahu ally. The minister suggested to ban the protests altogether, while other security officials floated the idea of moving them to another location – but police said this could not be done.

      On Thursday, Ohana asked protests representatives to meet with him and residents of the neighborhood, but they all, apart from one, refused. Organizer Amir Haskel said Ohana “has nothing to do with it. We’ve already reached agreements with the police… so as not to disturb the residents, but Ohana has his mind made up to block the protest.”

      The so-called Black Flag group said Ohana “puts Israeli democracy in danger,” adding: “We won’t agree to meet with him, but send him home, just like Netanyahu.”

      Several groups are organizing attendance for the protests, which are mirrored by smaller gatherings in other cities and on bridges and junctions over major highways throughout the country.

      But they are largely decentralized and have spontaneously combusted into a mass movement, which has made law enforcement increasingly brazen in its attempt to gather information. Several people attending protests reported attempts by police officers to recruit them as informant in the last week.

  • Covid-19 en Israël : les manifestations se multiplient contre une nouvelle série de mesures
    20 juil. 2020 - Antoine Mariotti et Cécime Galluccio

    En Israël, la contestation est vive. Benyamin Netanyahou, dont le procès pour corruption a débuté, a lancé une nouvelle série de mesures pour faire face à une seconde vague. Des restrictions qui ont poussé les Israéliens à investir les rues.


  • Israël : des manifestations de mécontentement "jamais vues depuis 25 ans"
    Publié le : 19/07/2020 - France 24

    La gestion de la crise du Covid, le déconfinement puis la ré-instauration de dispositions sanitaires strictes, font l’objet d’une forte grogne en Israël. Des milliers de personnes se sont rassemblées samedi soir à Tel Aviv et Jérusalem. Leur cible : le Premier ministre Benyamin Netanyahou. Il est accusé d’être déconnecté de la réalité.

    Guillaume Gendron

    L’audition des témoins dans le procès pour corruption de Nétanyahou renvoyé à janvier 2021. La stratégie dilatoire de « Bibi » porte ses fruits.

    Détail intéressant : les auditions se feront au rythme de trois par semaines. Et il y a 333 témoins dans l’acte d’accusation... On est loin d’en voir le bout.

    #Israël #Manifestations