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Thousands mass at PM’s residence as major protests resume after restrictions

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17.10.2020

Anti-government activists streamed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem for the first time in weeks Saturday night, as regular protests looked to resume following a clampdown during Israel’s nationwide virus lockdown.

Media reports put the crowd size at Paris Square in the thousands, though there was no official estimate.

Demonstrators waved pink banners and Israeli flags, chanting slogans against the prime minister and blowing on vuvuzellas.

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“Sheheyanu!” said demonstrator Meir Moscovitch, invoking a Hebrew prayer for auspicious occasions. “We were away for three weeks and now we’re back to call for honesty — not left, not right, honest.”

A second anti-corruption protest at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square also drew large crowds. Israelis protest against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Rabin square in Tel Aviv, on October 17, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)

The protest is the first major demonstration in Jerusalem since a rule including protests in restrictions barring travel more than a kilometer from home expired Tuesday.

The Balfour Street residence has........

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