Protesters against the government's planned judicial reform intend to march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem starting Tuesday night, as a series of additional protest actions are launched throughout the week.
The march, which will cover a distance of about 50 kilometers, will set off from Democracy Square on Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv at 8:30 p.m. and then head to Jerusalem, marching during the evening and the early morning in order to avoid the heatwave currently hitting Israel.
The participants will sleep outside along the way.
The march was initiated by Prof. Shikma Bresler and Moshe Redman, leaders of the anti-reform protest movements, as well as Ran Harnevo, the founder of the Tikva intiative, and Ami Dror, one of the leaders of the hi-tech protest.
The organizers stated that the "spontaneous" march is intended to create pressure against the "dictatorial intentions of the Israeli government," and invited anyone who opposes the reform to take part in the march.
Prof. Karine Nahon, who has been vocal in the anti-reform protests, explained that the march is expected to take four days, ending on Saturday, so that the protesters arrive in Jerusalem ahead of the vote on the reasonableness standard bill.
The participants will march along Highway 1 to the Knesset, publishing periodic updates and maps on their location in order to allow those interested to join at any point.
Anti-reform protesters conduct 'National Day of Resistance'
The march was announced as protesters against the judicial reform plan conducted a "National Day of Resistance" throughout the country on Tuesday, disrupting train traffic and holding demonstrations in cities and towns across Israel.
The reasonableness standard bill is set to pass in its final readings on Sunday, becoming the first bill in the judicial reform plan to be passed into law.
Protests to continue throughout the week
Protest actions will continue throughout the week ahead of the vote on Sunday.
On Wednesday morning, members of the security forces will hold an emergency meeting with legal experts to discuss the possible consequences of the removal of the reasonableness standard on the protection of IDF officers from international law.
Employees of the defense industry will also hold a protest in front of the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Additionally, medical reservists will present letters informing their commanders that they would no longer be volunteering for reserve service.
The Israel Medical Association decided on Tuesday that a protest strike will be held on Wednesday for two hours from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Doctors will hold protests at Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva, Sourasky Medical Center, Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, and Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
On Wednesday afternoon, a women's strike will be led by the "Building an Alternative" movement across Israel. A women's protest will be held in Habima Square later in the afternoon.
Hi-tech protests will take place throughout the day.
Protest organizers called on Tuesday night for supporters to withdraw large amounts of funds from banks and ATMs throughout the country on Thursday. Such moves have been used in protest movements around the world as an attempt to disrupt banking services and affect confidence in financial establishments.
On Thursday, the Israel Business Forum will set up a protest tent in Jerusalem in a call to bring about the immediate halt of the judicial reform legislation and a return to negotiations.
Rami Beja, chairman of the Freelancers Forum of the Histadrut, warned that if the judicial reform continued he would call for a "tax revolt" and would "throw the ledger in the face of the government."