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Tens of thousands of Israelis hold ‘March of Shame’ against Netanyahu

3 December 2017 18:32

 

Tens of thousands of Israelis have held their biggest rally yet against scandal-hit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is the subject of corruption investigations.

Around 20,000 joined the “March of Shame” demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday, holding up signs reading “Crime Minister.”

The number of participants was greater than those of all previous protests, which have been held every week for months on end.

The focus of the protest was a draft legislation banning police from publicizing the results of criminal investigations. The bill is seen by the opposition as a means of protecting Netanyahu.

The bill is expected to undergo its second reading on Monday.

Netanyahu is the subject of two high-profile graft cases. In Case 1000, he is suspected of having received gifts from businessmen overseas. He is also being investigated in Case 2000 for an alleged media bribery scheme to help Yediot Aharonot newspaper against its competitor Yisrael Hayom in return for favorable coverage.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by AFP)

 

Latest polls show Israeli opposition party Yesh Atid being neck and neck with Netanyahu’s Likud. If charged, Netanyahu would come under heavy pressure to resign or could call an election.

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