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Israel government weakening courts, public protests

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It has been merely 15 days after the Netanyahu government has been formed in Israel, but people have already started hitting the streets in protest. On the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, thousands of people protested against the new policies of the government in Tel Aviv. The biggest reason behind the increasing anger among the people of Israel is a new bill which is being brought in to weaken the Supreme Court of the country.

The bill has been named the ‘override bill’, and if this is passed, then Israel’s parliament will be able to overturn the decisions of the Supreme Court. Along with Britain and New Zealand, Israel is the only democratic country which does not have a written constitution.

Currently, the Supreme Court of Israel has the power to overturn any bill which is passed by the Parliament if it affects the public rights negatively. But the Override Bill will indirectly take away this power of the Supreme Court. On top of this, the Law Minister Levin also wants that the rights of appointing judges should also rest with the ruling regime.

Other than this, the Israel government is also bringing in the ‘Discrimination Bill’ against the homosexual and minority communities. Under this, private companies and doctors will have the right to not providing those with goods, services, and treatment who belong in the LGBTQ+ or minority communities. This has led to the eruption of angst among the country’s homosexual and minority communities, and they were a part of the protests as well. Nevertheless, Netanyahu has said that his coalition is not working against the LGBTQ community.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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