Protests across Israel ahead of vote on judicial overhaul bill vote
Protests have taken place across Israel ahead of a vote on a proposed judicial reform bill that would give the prime minister and parliament more control of the judicial system. Thousands of people had gathered outside the Knesset building in Jerusalem to demonstrate against the reforms, which many say would give the ruling party greater influence over the judiciary. Other protests took place in Tel Aviv, Haifa and other cities throughout the country. The bill would expand the size of the Supreme Court and give parliament more power to override judicial rulings. It has been fiercely opposed by the country’s legal establishment, who say it would undermine judicial independence.