Israelis protest for 11th week against judicial reforms

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Israelis gathered in towns and cities nationwide on Saturday for an 11th straight week of protests against the judicial reform plans of the hard-right government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The protesters fear that the proposed reforms, which are already moving through parliament and would increase the power of politicians over the courts, are a threat to Israeli democracy.

In Tel Aviv's Dizengoff square, thousands of demonstrators waved the blue and white Israeli flag of Israel, as well as the rainbow flag of the LGBTQ community.

The demonstrators blocked roads as they set off on a march through the heart of the city. "Saving Democracy!" said one placard held aloft by the crowd.

An AFP photographer saw a group of people at a counter-protest in central Tel Aviv in support of the government, with some raising banners that read: "traitor leftists".

Naama Mazor, 64, a retiree from the city of Herzliya who joined the main rally in Tel Aviv, s...

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