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Protesters condemn Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus pandemic


Thousands of anti-government protesters gather in Jerusalem to denounce Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and demand that he give up on corruption allegations during the 11th week of the demonstration

  • The protest on Saturday came as Israel coped with record levels of coronavirus
  • Demanded Netanyahu's resignation because of corruption and rising Covid-19 rates
  • Protesters rowed with police and thirteen arrests were carried out

Thousands of protested Israelis have gathered in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence and launched a month-long campaign to see the embattled Israeli leader step down.

The protest on Saturday came as Israel coped with record levels of coronavirus infections.

Protesters have protested Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus crisis, which has led to rising unemployment, and they say he should resign while he stands on trial on corruption charges.

Protesters gather to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding his resignation over corruption cases and failure to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in west Jerusalem on September 5th

Israeli police arrested a protester during Saturday's protest. The protest on Saturday came as Israel coped with record levels of coronavirus infections

Israeli police arrested a protester during Saturday's protest. The protest on Saturday came as Israel coped with record levels of coronavirus infections

Israeli police arrest a protester. Protesters have protested Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus crisis, which has led to rising unemployment, and they say he should step down while he stands on trial on corruption charges

Israeli police arrest a protester. Protesters have protested Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus crisis, which has led to rising unemployment, and they say he should step down while he stands on trial on corruption charges

The protesters held banners reading "Revolution" and "Get out of here" and held blue and white Israeli flags.

A sign addressed to the Prime Minister was projected onto a building in Hebrew: "Enough with you."

Smaller crowds gathered on bridges and crossings across the country and urged Mr. Netanyahu to resign.

The government took swift action last spring to contain the coronavirus but botched the reopening of the economy and is now facing a stronger outbreak.

The Israeli protester gathers in front of his residence in Jerusalem for the eleventh week during the Saturday protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his corruption allegations

The Israeli protester gathers outside his residence in Jerusalem during the Saturday protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his corruption allegations in the eleventh week

Protesters gather to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Protesters gather to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli police arrest a protester during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli police arrest a protester during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The death toll has exceeded 1,000, and the country is considering a new lockdown to halt the rapid rise in daily infections. Israel currently has more than 26,000 active Covid-19 patients.

Although the demonstrations have been largely peaceful in recent weeks, demonstrators have been fighting with the police in several locations.

At least 13 people were arrested, including a man whom police said was provocatively disguised as a woman.

Israeli police arrest a protester during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli police arrest a protester during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

An Israeli protester holds a Banksy painting in hand during the Saturday protest against Netanyahu

An Israeli protester holds a Banksy painting in hand during the Saturday protest against Netanyahu

At least 13 people were arrested, including a man whom police said was provocatively disguised as a woman.

At least 13 people were arrested, including a man whom police said was provocatively disguised as a woman.

Police also said two officers were slightly injured when a crowd broke through a police blockade.

Mr. Netanyahu dismissed the protesters as "leftists" and "anarchists". But his tough talk and even a number of foreign policy achievements didn't put the crowd off.

Mr. Netanyahu has vowed to stay in office despite being charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three longstanding corruption investigations last year.

He has denied the allegations, labeled them a "witch hunt" and taken action against the judiciary, law enforcement and media.

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