Knesset Vote Triggers Nationwide Protest

The Knesset will hold its first reading of one clause of the government’s controversial judicial reform bill Monday evening. The clause in question, which passed an initial committee vote last week, aims to change the balance of representation on the judicial appointment committee of the Supreme Court, giving more votes to elected officials on the committee. This is the first time that the final draft of the clause will be debated and voted on by the full Knesset assembly.

Protests against the reform began Monday morning in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where police arrested 8 protesters for blocking the homes of members of Knesset. As many as 100,000 Israelis, from all walks of life and parts of Israel, are expected to attend the main protest, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. outside the Knesset building in Jerusalem.

In the meantime, debate over the bill will continue in the Knesset unabated throughout the day.

Please pray for government compromise and respectful discussion of the reform. Please pray for the security of all involved. Lastly, please pray for peace for Israel and her people.

For more about Israel’s judicial reform bill, see our article here

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