The protests against the planned judicial reform of the ultra-right government in Israel continue unabated. On Saturday, thousands of people took to the streets again in Tel Aviv. "Democracy, democracy," shouted the demonstrators, as reporters of the news Agency AFP reported.

"We are very afraid that we will become a fascist country," said 68-year-old pensioner Ronit Peled. "We fight for our country, for democracy, for equal rights for all."

Opponents of the judicial reform announced by Benjamin Netanyahu's government at the beginning of January have been taking to the streets for weeks. Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, returned to power at the end of December.

Central project of the new government

The judicial reform is a central project of the most right-wing government coalition in Israel's history, in which ultra-Orthodox and far-right parties are involved. Prime Minister Netanyahu presents the reform as necessary to restore the balance in the separation of powers.

According to Netanyahu's argument, the judiciary currently has too much power in Israel. Critics, on the other hand, see the planned reform as an attack on the rule of law.

Parts of the judicial reform have already been approved by the Knesset at first reading. Before the reform enters into force, its components still have to be adopted by MEPs at second and third reading.