On video: The handmaids protest as part of a demonstration against the legal revolution, Sharona Tel Aviv, March 23, 2023 (Reuters)
State President Yitzhak Herzog and his team spoke with several officials regarding the expected demonstration this evening (Thursday) in Bnei Brak against the legal revolution - with the aim of preventing violence and lowering the flames as much as possible.
Among the parties with whom the president and his team were in contact were: the mayor, enforcement officials, elected officials, parties in the protest, community leaders and public opinion leaders - from all shades of the rainbow.
"There is no disputing the importance of the right to demonstrate and protest, being a basic and necessary democratic foundation. The President of the State implored and implores everyone to show responsibility and avoid any aspect that may incite gratuitous hatred and deepen the severe rift we are in," the President's House said.
"The President emphasizes that precisely now, at the beginning of the holy holiday season for all of us, and precisely today on the first day of Nissan, it is important to take advantage of the opportunity for a respectful discourse that will lead to a deep understanding and attention of one with the pains, fears and concerns of the other, and all the more to avoid harming the entire Israeli public, in his beliefs and ways of life."
Yitzhak Herzog, the country's president, at the Tel Aviv Municipality's honorary citizenship ceremony, March 13, 2023 (Photo: Flash 90, Avshalom Sashoni)
A similar call was also made by the chairman of the state camp MK Benny Gantz.
"I call on everyone to come out and demonstrate - we are in an emergency. A week from today, the politicians will control the appointment of judges in Israel and this is only the beginning of the plan. The purpose of the demonstrations is to stop the legislation that will change the face of the country, to stop and reach broad negotiations and agreements that will prevent civil war and preserve democracy," he said.
According to Gantz, "In order for this to happen, we need to act responsibly, and avoid actions that provoke gratuitous hatred between populations and, God forbid, violence. Those who will be harmed first by the coup d'état will be minority populations. The goal is to stop it. I call on the residents of Bnei Brak and the demonstrators who intend to come to the city today, to act out of mutual respect Secondly, not to harm the lifestyles, and to remember that in the end - we are all brothers, and it should stay that way."
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