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What’s happening: Israel has been experiencing mass protests amid efforts to reform the country’s Supreme Court. As Upward News has previously explained, Israel’s court has tremendous political power while being unaccountable to Israeli voters. The reform effort aimed to democratize Israel while reducing the Left’s power in the increasingly politicized court. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to pause the reform efforts as unprecedented protests brought the country to the brink of civil war.
Power of protests: 600,000 Israelis took to the streets to stop the reforms. Accounting for population, it took the George Floyd protests almost a years-worth of demonstrations to reach the participant level that Israel reached in one single protest. The liberal protestors comprised the trade unions, the wealthy tech sector, the military, and lawyers. They achieved the following together, according to the Associated Press:
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