Israeli PM Netanyahu under criminal investigation for corruption

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu, left . Credit AP

Tel Aviv – Thousands of people marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest against the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu who is under investigation over corruption allegations.

 He is accused of having accepted luxury gifts worth thousands of dollars from some wealthy businessmen.

Over 20,000 demonstrators flooded the streets of Tel Aviv holding banners reading, “we are fed up with corrupt (politicians)” , “sweep the corrupt away,” and chanting ‘shame’. Some protesters even called him “Minister of Crime”.

Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, is under criminal investigation for two cases:

The first one involves receiving gifts from wealthy supporters and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper publisher for positive coverage in order to curb his rivals and critics, according to local media.

This comes in conjunction with Tens of thousands of Palestinians and people from all over the world protesting since Friday against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Four Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces and dozens of others were wounded from rubber bullets or live fire in clashes in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem.


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