By Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post—
The Knesset Law Constitution and Justice Committee voted nine to six on Tuesday morning to approve changes to the Coronavirus Law that would limit protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The amendments, which must still pass in the Knesset plenum, would limit the protests during the current lockdown to people who live within a kilometer of Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem. If passed, the new rules will already take effect on Tuesday night at midnight and would last a week.
The rules will be able to be extended for up to three weeks, but each extension will need to be passed in the cabinet and can be canceled by the Law Committee. The changes were passed thanks to compromises between Blue and White and Likud, which dropped attempts to make the limitations last longer, even after the full lockdown is over.
“The dangerous attempt by Likud to forbid protests until the entire corona crisis is over failed,” said Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn of Blue and White.
In a rare consensus, the MKs agree to a Health Ministry request to permit an exception to the lockdown for all medical care, not just “essential” medical care, as in the current law.
The Black Flag movement held small protests on Monday night outside the homes of Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz, Gabi Ashkenazi, Nissenkorn and Eitan Ginzburg. Continue Reading….