WEST BANK (Dispatches) – More than 130 high-tech companies and startups have announced that they will stage a strike in the Israeli-occupied territories to protest plans by Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new cabinet to “overhaul” the regime’s judicial system.
The list of companies planning to join the action includes Wiz, INX, Cheq, Natural Intelligence, Luminescent and many others.
More protests will take place around the occupied Palestinian territories on Thursday, with a huge demonstration planned in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.
The joint committee of organizations opposing Netanyahu’s cabinet said, “It is incumbent on us to take drastic measures. The economic damage notwithstanding, we are taking this step as a first step to say loud and clear to the Israeli cabinet that the coup d’état will not go through.”
Last month, representatives of the high-tech sector addressed an open letter to Netanyahu, saying that “making common cause with extremists” such as radical minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and far-right politician Bezalel Smotrich could severely hamper the regime’s future.
On Saturday, more than 100,000 people turned out to two rallies in Tel Aviv to protest against legal changes.
The rally followed another demonstration last week that also drew tens of thousands in an early challenge to Netanyahu and his ultraorthodox cabinet — the most right-wing in the occupying regime’s history.
The protesters carried banners that read “Our Children will not Live in a Dictatorship” during Saturday’s rally.
Other protests took place in the cities of Al-Quds, Haifa and Beersheba.
Politicians from Netanyahu’s Likud party have long accused the Zionist regime’s so-called supreme court of being dominated by leftist judges. They claim that the judges encroach on areas outside their authority for political reasons.