Amid growing transition, Israeli ultra-orthodox Diffie lockdown

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – After a revered ultra-orthodox rabbi died this week, the Israeli police thought they had worked with their followers on an arrangement for a small, dignified funeral that would be current coronovirus. The public health guidelines under lockdown would be compliant. .

But when it was time to bury the rabbi on Monday, thousands of people showed up – ignoring the rules of social disturbance and confrontation with the police that tried to disperse the mass gathering.

Such violations of lockdown rules by sections of ultra-Orthodox populations have angered a wider Israeli public who are largely complying with sanctions imposed to prevent a raging coronovirus outbreak.

Disregard over demonstrations has confused public health experts, tested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s longtime political alliance with religious leaders and triggered a new wave of outrage from secular Israelis for their health and livelihoods Are afraid

“We have been asked to go into this lockdown, with its insane economic costs, causing people to go crazy, as the coronovirus has increased, mostly in the ultra-orthodox region and largely due to criminal negligence ., “Wrote media personality Judy Shalom ni Mozes on the Ynet news site. “There are two sets of laws here. One for us and one for them. “

Ultra-orthodox claims they are being unfairly targeted by authorities. They point to large weekly protests, mainly by secular Israelis, against Netanyahu’s epidemic that continues throughout the summer. Only last week, the government ultimately limited the size of the protests, citing violations of public health guidelines.

“We are at the nearest point of an explosion in terms of mistrust”, said Israel Cohen, a commentator with ultra-orthodox radio station Cole Barama.

A deep ditch for a long time has divided religious and secular Israelis, drained by years of reasonably preferential treatment for ultra-orthodox, who are given a government stipend to study full-time. Ultra-orthodox support is the lifeblood of Netanyahu’s alliance and has helped him achieve the crown of Israel’s longest-serving leader.

Israel, with a population of 9 million, is battling the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak on a per capita basis. Its ultra-Orthodox community, which makes up about 10% of the population, accounts for more than one-third of the nation’s coronovirus cases.

In the past week, Israel has seen 9,000 new virus cases a day. It has recorded more than 272,000 confirmed cases and more than 1,700 deaths from coronaviruses since the onset of the epidemic.

The current spike comes during the Jewish High Holiday, a time when the faithful usually pack gatherings and hold large family gatherings – settings that officials feared would increase the country’s already growing infection rate.

Israel last month implemented a second nationwide lockout ahead of the Jewish New Year, aimed at keeping people at home.

But with ultra-orthodox, or parts of Haradi, the community has rejected boundaries that are holding large-scale holiday events, moving back and forth between cities and closing some schools and gatherings Keep open despite orders to do.

Despite appeals by some MPs and community leaders for compliance, Sukkot’s current crop holiday presents another opportunity to defy the lockout. As the week-long holiday began on Friday, Israeli news outlets aired images of the packed Synagogue.

“It bothers us,” Israeli coronavirus Caesar Ronnie Gamzu said last week of high morbidity, making up 40% of the country’s total cases after disclosing ultra-orthodox.

Ultra-orthodox has been at the center of the outbreak since it began in the spring. They live in poor, crowded areas, where the disease can spread quickly. The synagogue, the focal point of social life, brings men together to pray and socialize in small spaces.

Large sections of the community are following the rules. But some see ultra-conservative restrictions as more of a threat than viruses, fearing lockdown restrictions will weaken their way of life.

The cloistered community has long been isolated from mainstream Israeli life, with children teaching scripture but very little math and English. Men are exempted from military service, which is mandatory for other Jews, and some escape the workforce, collecting welfare stipends to continue full-time study.

Representatives of the community in Parliament have acted as kingmakers, giving them no political power.

Netanyahu has been slammed for dealing with the coronovirus crisis, including virus restrictions, which critics say are in favor of his ultra-conservative partners.

Gamzu pushed for targeted lockdowns in early September, focusing on outbreaks of concern including several ultra-Orthodox communities.

But following the extreme pressure from ultra-conservative leaders, Netanyahu decided against such measures and instead implemented a nationwide lockout weeks later.

“Netanyahu is so afraid of his Hardi companions that he announces that he is locking the entire country without the need for a lockout,” he told the Associated Press.

Pointing to the study sessions of ongoing mass marriages and religious sessions, Lapid stated that “before they harm the general public, they are harming themselves.”

Secular Israelis have watched with exaggeration as the police have not given tickets to individuals to open masks or restaurants in defiance of the rules, while turning a blind eye to ultra-orthodox infections. In recent times, however, police have also begun to clamp down on religious scofflaws.

Netanyahu’s opponents also accused him of bypassing the protests against him, including outside his Jerusalem home, under the cover of lockouts around the country.

Experts say that any gains made in integrating ultra-orthodox into Israeli society in recent years – an important step to ensure the sustainable development of the Israeli economy – wiped out renewed bitterness by the virus can go.

“Coronovirus will disappear at some point,” said Yedidia Stern, an expert on religion and state at the Israel Democracy Institute, a think tank in Jerusalem. “But what kind of society will we be in after this?”


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