Thousands of Israelis demand the resignation of Benjamin Netanyahu – DW – 06/22/2024

Thousands of Israelis demand the resignation of Benjamin Netanyahu – DW – 06/22/2024
Thousands of Israelis demand the resignation of Benjamin Netanyahu – DW – 06/22/2024

Tens of thousands of protesters protested this Saturday (06/22/2024) in several cities in Israel against the Government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and demanded new elections and the return of the hostages held in Gaza by the Islamist movement Hamas. Participants hoisted Israeli flags and waved banners with slogans such as “Crime Minister” and “Stop the war.”

Every Saturday, these types of protests take place in the country against the government’s handling of the Gaza war, with the main demonstrations being in Tel Aviv, the largest Israeli city, but also in Haifa, Jerusalem and Caesarea. According to the Hofshi Israel organization, which called the protest, the concentration on this day was the largest so far, with some 150,000 participants.

“I’m here because I’m afraid for my grandson’s future. There will be no future for him if we don’t get rid of this horrendous government,” says Shai Erel, a 66-year-old contractor. Some protesters lay on the ground covered in red paint in Democracy Square, to denounce what they consider “the death of Democracy” under Netanyahu’s government.

The “worst prime minister”

In a speech, Yuval Diskin, former head of Israel’s internal security agency, Shin Bet, called Netanyahu the “worst prime minister” in Israel’s history. Many protesters accuse the ruling coalition of conservatives, nationalists and ultra-Orthodox Jews of prolonging the war in Gaza and endangering the country’s security and hostages.

The conflict broke out on October 7, when Islamist militants from Hamas – a group that the EU considers terrorist – killed 1,194 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped 251 in southern Israel, according to a count carried out by the AFP agency. based on official Israeli data. The Israeli military estimates that 116 people remain captive in Gaza, 41 of whom have reportedly died.

In response, Israel launched an offensive that has already left at least 37,551 dead, mostly civilians, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.

DZC (AFP, EFE)

 
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