Tel Aviv: More than 80,000 Israeli protesters have rallied in Tel Aviv against plans by the new right-wing coalition government to overhaul the judiciary.
The reforms would make it easier for parliament to overturn Supreme Court rulings, among other things.
Protesters described Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed changes as an attack on democratic rule.
It follows the instalment of the most religious and hardline government in Israeli history.
Rallies were also held outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem and in the northern city of Haifa, local media reported.
One group of protesters clashed with police while attempting to block a major road, Ayalon highway, in Tel Aviv.
Critics say the reforms would cripple judicial independence, foster corruption, set back minority rights, and deprive Israel’s court system of credibility.
Banners referred to the new coalition led by Mr Netanyahu as a government of shame.
Among those opposed are Israel’s Supreme Court chief justice, Esther Hayat, and the country’s attorney-general.
The BBC’s Samantha Granville in Tel Aviv saw protesters draped in Israeli flags, carrying posters in Hebrew, and pictures of Mr Netanyahu with X’s over his mouth.
There was a group of young girls with red-painted handprints over their mouths. They wanted to tell the government they won’t be quiet.
- News Agencies