Netanyahu Outlaws Large Protests.

Updated: Feb 26

October 1, 2020. Thousands of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on the last Saturday of September, over his alleged corruption and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. A crowd rallied outside Netanyahu’s residence, blowing whistles, waving signs and flags and calling for his resignation. Israeli media estimated that about 10,000 people were attending what has become a weekly demonstration in Jerusalem. Organizers said that as many as 25,000 people joined the protest. Protests are now in their 12th week, building up over the summer as COVID-19 cases spiked. A survey published in August by the Israel Democracy Institute found that 61 percent of Israelis did not trust Netanyahu to manage the crisis.

As the numbers of protesters against the continued rein of Benjamin Netanyahu have grown over recent weeks and days, so has his desperation to retain power, dovetailing nicely with a convenient resurgence of coronavirus in his country - for which he has now deemed it expedient to outlaw protest of more than 20 people. There are more skeptics than believers, of course, and few believe that outlawing protests has little to do with him personally, since they are now all calling for his ouster. Most see it for what it is, Netanyahu´s version of the same thing as Putin, Lukashenko, and Maduro, even his buddy Trump. It is a power play seeking to milk the coronavirus for what it is worth. The Law is new, we shall see if it is obeyed.

Protest2020 is suggesting that we hold our hats on this one; there is pent up energy burning for a long time on the Israeli Left and it does not seem that this is the right moment in history to be a long time clinging on to power by hook or by crook. We will see how the Israeli electorate like having large numbers of Jewish political prisoners in jail, sitting alongside Arab ones.

Israel spends a greater part of its national budget on defense than any other country in the world, far more, and it has always been this way. Israel has felt that its very life has been threatened ever since it came into existence – with good reason, at least into recently and perhaps still, this is undeniable. This does not immediately translate, however, into the idea that Netanyahu is the only one who can lead, the only leader that knows how to best keep Israel safe. For some time now, increasingly broad sectors of the Israeli population have grown tired of Netanyahu, his relationship with Trump and Trumpism in particular. Those who suggest that the prohibition of protests of more than 20 people in Israel at exactly the same time that massive numbers were beginning to be generated against Netanyahu himself, as cynical and self-servicing. To many if not most, he appears to be seeking not only to protect Israelis but also to perpetuate his control over them.

Preoccupied with his corruption trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, the 70-year-old was indicted this past November for gifts from wealthy friends and for allegedly seeking regulatory favors for media tycoons in return for favorable coverage. His trial opened in May, set to resume in January. He denies any wrongdoing and has described his prosecution as a leftist political witch-hunt. He has also condemned the demonstrations against him, accusing protesters of trampling democracy. Protest2020 is convinced that soon it will be Netanyahu who trembles, and does so for trampling on the most highly prized of all Israeli jewels, Democracy and Freedom, leading to an alternation in power.

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Protest2020! 2020 is the year of protest, ushered in on the heels of 2019, which saw numerous social explosions in the last few months of the year. Climate change, in particular, is feeding a well-founded sense of fear, particularly among the vulnerable and their activist allies whose lives and futures are highly precarious. In fact, all of us are vulnerable, and awareness is growing of the way in which we are all in this together. While in most places, most notably Hong Kong, protests have turned violent and thousands of arrests have been made, there have not yet been large numbers of fatalities, although dozens of protestors have died and continue to die in South America. In other parts of the world, most notably the Middle East – home to warfare for decades – particularly in Iraq and its neighbor and former enemy Iran, hundreds of protestors have been killed with live, military-grade ammunition. After 5 years of civil war in Syria, protest has given way to military action hand in hand with death and destruction. The numbers of people murdered by the governments of the region are not fully known, and especially hard to verify in Iran, where a brutal religious dictatorship maintains a thick cloak of secrecy over such information.

Iran and its allies in Iraq are now moving precipitously towards war with the United States, in part because the mentally ill president of that country needs to wage war in order to win reelection. Large parts of the world that are the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change are already suffering; places like the Philippines are experiencing devastating and lethal storms, one after the other, breaking all historical records.

Much of Australia has been on fire for months as we ring in 2020, accompanied by the hottest temperatures on record. This is changing Australian lives, politics, and the consciousness of the ordinary Australian who is now getting involved in the struggle to save their island, and coming to a better understanding of how their survival is linked to the rest of the world. In Japan, forces are growing in protest to push the Japanese government towards support for the Hong Kong protestors, confronting mainland China; also supporting the struggles of minority groups in mainland China, reporting on government abuses, etc. The US government has expressed its full support for the Hong Kong protestors, further escalating tensions between these two superpowers along with ally Russia. These tensions were already at their most aggravated moments as a result of the US/China trade war.

To make matters still worse, especially for SE Asia, the North Korean dictator is threatening the use of a new strategic weapon. Our world on the arrival first of 2020 and now 2021, is a tinderbox as never before. The 2020 presidential elections in the USA will be the single greatest determining factor for the survival of the planet. Given that the current president preaches a doctrine of conflict and confrontation rather than collaboration, and denies that climate change is even exacerbated by man-made actions, if he is re-elected, there will be little hope for our world in the short term.

Here at, we invite you to protest, share your views, and help us all to march towards a more sustainable and peaceful world that will not totally implode, at least within our lifetimes, leaving hope for life to continue in more intelligent forms, better appreciating our planetary home. We ultimately seek harmony with nature so as to preserve life as we know it, as we dream it could be. Everything depends on how hard we are willing to fight to make it so.


Let’s get arrested, the more the merrier!