Thousands rally in Jerusalem for largest anti-Netanyahu protest in weeks

A protester holds a sign reading ‘BB GO HOME’ depicting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu as the character ‘ET’ from the 1980s film. The poster behind that depicts Netanyahu as China’s late leader Mao Zedong (“Netanmao”). Saturday’s demonstration near the Israeli prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem on March 20, 2021 was the final protest ahead of national elections on March 23. (EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

In the largest protest in weeks, thousands of Israelis flood Paris Square in Jerusalem to call for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation.

Demonstrators fill the intersection outside the Prime Minister’s Residence, with flag-bearing protesters tightly packed on Keren HaYasod and Agron Streets.

Rami Peleg, who hails from a kibbutz in northern Israel, says Netanyahu’s indictment on graft charges has interfered with his ability to manage the country.

“Now of all times, it’s important for us to come here before the elections and demonstrate,” Peleg says.

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