Israelis are protesting the government’s judicial reform plans

Tens of thousands of Israelis gather in weekly demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed judicial reforms, which opponents say threaten Israel’s democratic values.

TEL AVIV, Israel — Tens of thousands of Israelis rallied on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed judicial overhaul, which opponents say threatens Israel’s democratic values.

Protesters marched in two locations in the central coastal city of Tel Aviv, waving flags and chanting slogans against the justice minister. “Doctors are fighting for the life of democracy,” read a banner held up by a doctor at the Tel Aviv demonstration.

The fifth demonstration is against the new government, a coalition of ultra-Orthodox and far-right nationalist parties that took office in December.

The government has made proposals to weaken the Supreme Court by giving parliament the power to overturn court decisions with a simple majority. He also wants to ensure parliamentary control over the appointment of judges and reduce the independence of legal advisers.

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Smaller demonstrations were reported in several Israeli cities.