Anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel are expected to take place nationwide between Wednesday, October 14, and Saturday, October 17. A law banning mass protests, implemented to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is set to expire on Tuesday at midnight, as is a government restriction limiting travel to within one-kilometer (0.6mi) of peoples' homes. Protesters are expected to gather on Wednesday, the first day following the lifting of the ban, and the Black Flag protest movement has stated that it would resume nationwide protests from Thursday, October 15. The largest day of protests is expected to take place on Saturday, with the Black Flag movement planning to gather at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem residence on Balfour Street as well as many other areas throughout the country.
Despite the ban on mass protests and movement restrictions, large anti-Netanyahu protests have been reported in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. However, the protests following the lifting of restrictions are expected to be particularly well-attended.
Further protests are likely over the near term. A heightened security presence and associated disruption to transportation and business are likely in the vicinity of protest 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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