Netanyahu government with multiple coalition partners at Knesset find itself in covid lockdown economy at brink of crippling with protesters to remind early action to safeguard economy.
Protesters demand government action at a demonstrations in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square against Israeli economic policy in the wake of the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic.
Thousands of Demonstrators decry insufficient financial support to small business owners and independents, amid ongoing coronavirus crisis; scuffles, arrests reported.
Addressing the crowd at the protest, Ahinoam Nehmad, the owner of a domestic tourism company, said: “The fight began with the lockdown and continued with not receiving fair compensation. We fight for the present, for our livelihood, for our dignity as human beings — and that is no ‘bullshit,’” said Nehmad in what appeared to be a dig at Likud Minister without Portfolio Tzachi Hanegbi, who last week dismissed as “bullshit” claims that some Israelis don’t have enough money for food amid the economic crisis. Hanegbi later apologized for the comments.
A number of politicians took to social media to express their support for the protesters, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party, who wrote on Facebook Saturday that the demonstrators were expressing “real, justified distress.
Hundreds block roads, clash with police in Tel Aviv after economic protests.
Demonstrators at ‘non-partisan’ rally decry insufficient financial support to small business owners, independents, amid ongoing #coronavirus crisis.