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The right and the left will demonstrate tomorrow against the legal reform - in the student union they refuse to join Israel today


Over ten academic institutions from all over the country will shut down classes for an hour, between 12:30-13:30 • Among the institutions that will demonstrate: Tel Aviv University, Reichman University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Technion • On the other hand, students who support the reform also intend to express support within the campuses

The fight for reform in the justice system also reaches campuses and higher education institutions:

after last night's demonstration and the planned demonstration this coming weekend, students, both those who support the reform and those who oppose it, are expected to hold demonstrations at the institutions tomorrow (Sunday).

A new body called the "Student Protest" published a statement today that "thousands of students will strike tomorrow for an hour and hold demonstrations on campuses against the coup d'état".

According to them, over ten academic institutions from all over the country, including Tel Aviv University, Reichman University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Technion, the students will leave classes, strike the studies for an hour, between 12:30-13:30. 

Students are expected to miscarry.

The Hebrew University // Photo: Dodi Vaaknin,

The shutdown and protest demonstrations are led by the "Student Protest" group, who claim that it is an independent organization without party or other organizational identification.

According to them, "the shutdown and the demonstrations tomorrow constitute the opening shot for a long, determined and uncompromising struggle against the regime coup which is expected to include many and varied protest actions in the coming period inside and outside the campuses".

They even stated that "this is an uncompromising fight for our future against a government that, in the name of the tyranny of the majority, threatens to trample on democracy, and then, without restraint and without brakes, harm the equality and freedom of many groups in Israeli society. We are determined to stop the madness and this is only the beginning. We will demonstrate Tomorrow we will be in large numbers and we will call out in a loud voice - no to overpowering the court."

"We will not stand by"

But on the other hand, even students who support the reform intend to express support within the campuses.

Students and activists of 'if you want' on campuses intend to hold support events under the title "The rebellion will not help, the reform must pass".

"If You Want" activists at a demonstration (archive), photo: Gideon Markovich

According to them, this was done in light of the calls and incitement to civil rebellion by elected officials, former senior officials in the judicial system and even students.

They stated that the rally in support of reforming the judicial system will be held under the sign: "Protecting democracy. Students are in favor of reforming the judicial system. The rebellion will not help - the reform must pass!".

The support rallies are expected to take place in five locations, tomorrow at 12:30: Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, Bar Ilan University, the Technion and the Hebrew University.

Shay Rosengarten, head of the activist wing of the "If You Want" movement: "We will not stand by when public figures call for civilian riots, and citizens demonstrate with the flags of a terrorist organization and compare the Minister of Justice to a Nazi. The elections have been decided, the majority of the people support the reform of the judicial system, it is time to move forward and maintain Democracy in our country."

In the meantime, Elhanan Fellheimer, chairman of the National Union of Male and Female Students, sent a letter to all students, in which he wrote that the male and female student union would not join the struggle: "About a year ago, many parties approached us with a call to demonstrate against the Lapid-Bennett government, our answer then was no. The National Union of Male and Female Students represents all students and many of them, not a small handful, supported the government."

According to him, it is inappropriate for the student association to organize protests against a government that a significant part of the public it represents supports: "Now, after the government was replaced, a number of foreign parties approached us again with the demand to 'come out to demonstrate'. This time too our answer was the same. There are students, again - no A small handful, who support the government and also the legal reform it is promoting."

He concluded that: "In the current demonstrations, the association, as the representative body of approximately 400,000 male and female students in the State of Israel, will not take sides and will not submit to political pressure or the positions of a certain man."

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Source: israelhayom

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