More than half a million Israeli activists march

Jerusalem, Jul 22 (EFE).- More than 550,000 people, according to organizers, took to the streets of Israel’s cities Saturday to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to limit the Supreme Court’s ability to strike down legislation that contravenes the country’s Basic Laws.Some 220,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv, while a record crowd exceeding 100,000 protested in Jerusalem in front of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, a day before the start of debate on the first part of the proposed judicial overhaul.Turnout was 45,000 in Haifa, the country’s third-most-populous metropolitan area after Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, while 30,000 people demonstrated in Netanya.Around 20,000 people who set out on foot for Jerusalem from Tel Aviv four days ago were met in the Holy City by tens of thousands more.Waving Israeli flags, the multitude chanted “democracy” and denunciations of the “dictator Netanyahu.”