University students and faculty protest judicial overhaul

Students and lecturers from all over Israel protested on Sunday against the Netanyahu-led government’s plan to weaken the country’s judicial system, write Ran Shimoni, Shira Kadari-Ovadia and Nati Yefet for Haaretz. Rallies took place at Tel Aviv, Hebrew, Ben-Gurion, Haifa and Bar-Ilan universities as well the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, among other places.

At Tel Aviv University, protesters marched on Chaim Weizmann Street near the school’s campus. Organisers said hundreds of students and faculty took part. “I want to congratulate you for caring and deciding to be involved citizens. We’re in the midst of one of the most difficult periods Israeli society has ever known,” Tel Aviv University President Professor Ariel Porat told the protesters.

Referring to the possibility of an appeal to the High Court of Justice opposing the government’s plan, Porat said that if the court ruled in the petitioners’ favour, “God forbid if the government doesn’t respect it. Such disobedience would mark the end of democracy itself.”
Full report on the Haaretz site