Police say 13 people were arrested in Tel Aviv for causing public disturbances and throwing objects at police, while 15 people were arrested in Jerusalem for public disturbances and blocking roads.
They are the latest in a series of demonstrations against Netanyahu and took place just hours before the resumption of his trial on bribery and breach of trust charges. The PM has not entered a plea, but has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence.
A judge at Jerusalem’s district court wrapped the trial’s second day of procedural hearings by deciding that the hearing of evidence and the calling of witnesses would begin in January 2021, with three days of hearings a week. The 70-year old Israeli leader was not required to attend Sunday’s hearing.
Weekend lockdowns imposed as infections hit highs: Meanwhile, the number of new coronavirus infections continues to hit new daily records. On Thursday, Israel recorded a new daily high of 1,929 coronavirus cases, breaking the previous record set one day earlier.
The surge in cases has prompted the government to impose weekend lockdowns, shuttering many places where people can gather, including museums, zoos, stores, and malls. Beaches will be closed starting next weekend.