Protests and strikes in Israel as plans for judicial overhaul move forward

Tens of thousands gather for rally and workers in several sectors strike over rightwing government’s proposals

Israel’s new hard-right government has begun introducing sweeping legislation aimed at overhauling the judicial system, prompting the largest public demonstrations against the proposed measures to date.

In a heated meeting in which several opposition politicians had to be forcibly removed, the Knesset’s constitution, law and justice committee voted on two bills on Monday: one will give politicians greater control over the appointment of supreme court justices, and the other will allow a simple majority in the Knesset to override almost all supreme court rulings.

The proposals will now go to the Knesset for the first of three readings, although it is unclear when they will be voted on….