MembersFighting Corona Exposes Israel’s Attitude Toward Judaism

Israel is limiting freedom of worship while allowing unmitigated freedom of speech

| Topics: Benjamin Netanyahu, Coronavirus
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Eitan Friedman, internal medicine expert at Tel Hashomer Hospital, is also the health commentator for Channel 13 TV. A few days ago, Dr. Friedman said that Israel should prohibit followers of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov from going to Uman, Ukraine, where the Rebbe is buried.

Mass assembly in Uman, he argued, will spread the virus in Ukraine as well as in Israel. But when addressing the same problem of spreading the virus during open-air anti-Netanyahu demonstrations, he said at the same session that “the rate of contagion in open air is minimal,” thus permitting (left-wing) political mass gathering, while condemning religious Jews for the same thing.

Friedman’s opinion is no different than of Israel’s “corona czar” Dr. Ronni Gamzu, who said nothing about the political demonstrations, but did speak vehemently against those wanting to go to Uman. And Gamzu’s professional opinion encourages others who clearly have a political agenda to in turn encourage even more people to come to these anti-Bibi rallies that have been going on for months...

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