'Black Flags' protest outside Prime Minister's residence draws 1,000 protesters

Protesters gather in front of PM Netanyahu's Jerusalem residence and in cities across Israel, demanding release of arrested protest leader.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

The protest in Jerusalem
The protest in Jerusalem
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Approximately 1,000 protesters participated Saturday evening in a "Black Flags" protest outside Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem.

Similar protests were held in other locations around Israel.

Among other things, the protesters demanded the release of former senior IAF official Brigadier-General Amir Haskel, who is one of the protest's leaders and who was arrested Friday while protesting government corruption.

Speaking at the protest were MKs Moshe Ya'alon (Yesh Atid-Telem), Mickey Levy (Yesh Atid-Telem), and Eli Avidar (Yisrael Beytenu), as well as former Shabak (Israel Security Agency) chief Ami Ayalon.

Protesters chanted, "The corrupt one wasn't asked to form a government," "Amir Haskel is a hero of Israel," and "Ohana is corrupt." Ohana refers to Public Security Minister Amir Ohana (Likud).

They also waved signs saying, "We're all Amir Haskel, you won't silence us," "Netanyahu is making Israel rotten," "Someone charged with crimes won't serve as prime minister," and "Investigation now."