Hundreds of Israelis took part in a vehicular protest in Jerusalem on Tuesday, September 29, to demonstrate against a proposed measure to restrict protests to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Streets surrounding the Knesset, the Israeli parliament building, were reportedly jammed with traffic, and scores of people gathered in the plaza in front of the building. Minor clashes between protesters and security forces were reported, with one protester arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The proposed measure, which is expected to be passed later on Tuesday, would not permit protesters to travel more than one kilometer (0.6mi) for protests for the duration of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. A proposal by the ruling Likud party to keep the measure in place indefinitely after the lockdown was dropped earlier in the day.
Further protests nationwide are likely in the near term. A disruption to business and transportation is likely in the vicinity of protests sites.
Protests have been reported throughout Israel in recent months over the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anger over the issue has been compounded by pre-existing anti-Netanyahu sentiment, with the Prime Minister facing three criminal cases over alleged corruption.
Those in Israel are advised to monitor developments, avoid protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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