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200 protest lockdown on Tel Aviv beach, but roads stay clear as closure holds

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Around 200 people gathered on a Tel Aviv beach on Saturday to protest against lockdown restrictions many have decried as illogical, as well as demonstrating against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his handling of the pandemic as well as his corruption indictments.

Organizers used a loophole within the regulations for the national coronavirus lockdown, Israel’s second this year that began on Friday afternoon, that allows people to travel beyond the permitted one kilometer from their home if they are to attend a protest.

Closure regulations do not explicitly prevent demonstrating on the beach, although the beach is closed with the exception of those who use the shoreline for sport.

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As a result, the Haaretz daily reported that some demonstrators preformed sporting activities, while another blew a shofar — an activity which also has a travel loophole in the regulations. Israelis protest against the three-week nationwide lockdown and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the beach in Tel........

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