Moshe Sharett is just one historical figure, but preserving his legacy says a lot about us as a nation. Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90
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Lesser Known Victims of COVID: Why Israel Must Preserve Heritage

How we treat our history and national figures says a lot about our society as a whole

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The rapid spread of COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of our everyday lives and has left many victims in its destructive path. Approaching the one-year mark since the virus first appeared, Israel has suffered over 5,000 total deaths. Aside from the tragic individual fatalities and their loved ones, there are many other victims of coronavirus as well.

The country’s unemployment rate still remains slightly over 14% leaving close to 603,000 people without steady income. Adding to that, the restaurant industry was rocked once again with a third lockdown, closing all restaurants throughout the country with the exception of deliveries. Out of 14,000 restaurants operating on the eve of the COVID crisis, 2,000 closed following the first lockdown and another 3,000 are expected to collapse in the near future.

The struggle of Israel’s artistic community over the banning of cultural events like concerts, festivals, art exhibitions and the theatre has made regular headlines in the mainstream media. But there is one cultural institution that has surprisingly been overlooked and remained on the sidelines of public attention. I’m...

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