Thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews at funeral

An influential rabbi was buried who, according to Israeli media reports, had died at the age of 99. He was infected with the corona virus last year, it said. Video recordings showed how thousands of ultra-orthodox people streamed into the cemetery unhindered and crowded. Many of them did not wear masks.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz condemned the violations of the lockdown, which has been in place for three weeks. “This is what an uneven implementation of rules looks like,” he wrote on Twitter about the mass participation in the funeral. “Millions of families and children are locked up at home and obey the rules, while thousands of ultra-Orthodox crowd to a funeral, most of them without masks.” He is not ready to agree to such a “fake lockdown” being extended. The rules should apply to everyone or nobody.

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