STORY: Tel Aviv police on horseback tried to stop demonstrators breaching barricades as traffic piled up. Live footage showed police dragging protesters off the road as demonstrators called out “shame” and “we are the majority and we are out on the streets.” At least nine people were arrested, police said.
Demonstrations were expected to intensify in what protest organisers have dubbed a day of disruption. Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said he would not allow “anarchists” to block roads.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s nationalist-religious coalition government proposed what it has described as a reform of the judiciary in January.
It includes giving ruling coalition lawmakers decisive sway in picking judges and limits the scope of the Supreme Court to strike down legislation or rule against the executive.