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The prime minister’s wife became trapped in a Tel Aviv hair salon on Wednesday as hundreds of anti-government protesters gathered outside, police were called to the scene to keep the protesters away and Sara Netanyahu waited for hours to be removed.
Demonstrators against the government and its plans to curb the judiciary rallied and marched in Tel Aviv and other cities across the country throughout the day, and at night in several places, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nahariya, Pardes Hanna-Karkur and Zichron Ya. The protests started again. Akov.
In Tel Aviv, which had seen rare clashes between protesters and police earlier in the day, protesters flocked to Kicker Hamdina Plaza after hearing that Sarah Netanyahu was at an establishment for a haircut.
Police were immediately deployed to keep people away, as the premier’s wife was hiding inside. Eventually, a large number of police forces arrived at the scene and removed Netanyahu.
The incident came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement to the nation, comparing protesters clashing with police in Tel Aviv to settlers who ransacked a Palestinian city earlier in the week.
Wednesday saw some of the biggest and fiercest protests ever against the government’s plans for the judiciary, with large demonstrations across the country.
In Tel Aviv, protesters trying to block the Aylon Highway were controlled with aggressive measures including water cannons and stun grenades, the first time such means were used in recent demonstrations against the planned legislation.
Officials said 11 people were injured and another 50 were arrested.
Anti-government rallies resumed after sunset, with protesters in Tel Aviv marching through the city center before moving to Kikr Hamedina, where they carried signs and shouted slogans outside hair salons.
“The country is burning and Sarah is getting a haircut,” the protesters chanted – a phrase sung in Hebrew.
Others chanted “May your hair burn,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Arabs’ farcical “May your village burn.”
Opposition leaders who have supported the protest were nonetheless taken aback by the protesters’ decision to besiege Netanyahu at the hair salon. Both opposition leader Yair Lapid and senior opposition MK Benny Gantz called on the protesters to let Netanyahu go.
As police arrived, protesters chanted “Where have you been in Huwara,” a reference to the fact that the settlers were able to riot in the Palestinian city for a long period of time before a serious response by the police and military was mounted.
Just before midnight, the premier tweeted a picture of himself embracing his wife, writing, “The chaos needs to stop – it could cost lives.”
The hairstylist who was with Netanyahu during the incident told Channel 12 news that he was in shock over what had happened, but was calmed down by the prime minister’s wife.
He said, ‘I have never experienced anything like this.
Justice Minister Yariv Levin said in a statement on Wednesday night: “The siege of Mrs. Sara Netanyahu, wife of the prime minister, is insane and unprecedented.
“It is time to impose the rule of law on those who claim to speak in the name of the law, but who trample on the law and the individual rights of all who do not think like them.”
Another Likud minister, May Golan, tweeted that “Protesters belong in jail, bots on the streets of Israel.”
In Jerusalem, where there were major protests earlier in the day, hundreds of protesters marched towards the prime minister’s residence. Police stopped the protesters demanding barricading of the road. There was a minor scuffle with the police in this demonstration.
Earlier in the evening, police used water cannons to disperse protesters in Pardes Hanna-Karkur who attempted to block Route 65, a major highway. Officers arrested eight suspects who refused to clear the road.
The protests coincided with a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, which approved for the first reading in the Knesset plenum a government-backed bill to fundamentally restrict the High Court’s ability to overrule legislation. Is for.
The bill is one of several controversial measures being pushed through the Knesset by the government, which most experts say undermines Israel’s democratic system by concentrating power with the ruling coalition and removing the court’s ability to act as a check. Will cause fundamental damage.
Proponents of the plan say it would correct a situation in which an unelected judiciary has undermined the will of elected politicians.
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