Israel Freedom Convoy persists amid media blackout and police crackdown

(February 20, 2022 / JNS) On Feb. 14, Israeli truckers gathered at Latrun, a historic battleground on the way from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The choice of location was more practical than symbolic; the lot near the adjacent gas station is large enough to accommodate the hundreds of trucks. Latrun was also the ideal midpoint for cars and motorcycles coming from the center of the country.

Accompanied by hardly any serious Israeli media coverage, the trucks went out, horns blazing, as part of a global movement inspired by Canada’s “Freedom Convoy” to demand an end to any and all COVID-related legislation. In Israel, this means an end to the “Special Powers Law” that grants the government extended powers during pandemics and is valid through 2022.

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