Thousands protest against Netanyahu

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Tens of thousands of Israelis took part in a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The “March of Shame” was also directed against a draft bill that could limit police powers by prohibiting officers from making recommendations to prosecute after investigations, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Critics say the bill, which will come up for a second reading today, is intended to protect Netanyahu from police investigations.

Netanyahu has been questioned multiple times by corruption probes, which have spanned over a year and ensnared his closest confidants.

The conservative prime minister faces two criminal investigations.

One case relates to gifts from billionaires in exchange for alleged benefits and another involves alleged negotiations between Netanyahu and a newspaper publisher to influence the media market.

Netanyahu has adamantly denied any wrongdoing, claiming there is a media-orchestrated “witch hunt” to overthrow his government.