Some ultra-Orthodox Jews are ignoring Israel’s coronavirus rules, despite a warning to ‘wake up!’

Source: CNN

Police stand guard as ultra-Orthodox Jews protest against coronavirus restrictions on Monday.

The mourners gathered by the hundreds, packed tightly on to the evening streets of Bnei Brak. There was no social distancing — no two meters between them — as they made their way down the roads of this ultra-Orthodox town near Tel Aviv for the Saturday night funeral of Rabbi Tzvi Shenkar.

Despite a police presence, the crowd mingled freely, apparently unconcerned about the government restrictions on large gatherings, or the reason behind them.
As Israel has battled the spread of coronavirus, the government has imposed increasingly tighter restrictions on the public in an attempt to slow the rate of infection. As of Tuesday morning, Israel had 4,831 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17 deaths as a result of the disease.
Though police say the majority of the public has heeded the instructions, the seriousness of the situation seems yet to have fully penetrated the ultra-Orthodox community.
More than a week earlier, an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Bet Shemesh near Jerusalem drew a crowd of 150, police said, in violation of government restrictions which limited weddings to ten people. One of those in attendance was supposed to be in quarantine, police said. He was one of three people arrested for endangering public health.

Categories: Asia, Israel

2 replies

  1. Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Christians and Muslim are alike—they are afraid of God only—They strongly believe in God will protect them from Devil ( Covid -19).

    They are very dangerous people like Terrorist ISIS etc.
    They like to day for religion or for his scholars.

  2. partly agree with you.
    But they keep to themselves. have no armies, no terrorists and harm noone.

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