How to assemble an Israeli Succah

Start with laying the poles down

Start with laying the poles down

An example of the wall

An example of the wall. When you have the walls up rap the walls with 3 rows of rope on the bottom of the walls.

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The side poles snap into the columns. Don’t forget the center beam.

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The walls slide into the Top and Bottom Rows. Tie the walls to the frame tightly so that the wall will not move in the wind.

Next put the Bamboo poles on the top using plastic clips and put the schach on top of the Bamboo poles.

Next put the Bamboo poles on the top using plastic clips and put the schach on top of the Bamboo poles.

The Succah decorations

The Succah decorations. You can put up lighting and have Tables, chairs, beds ect.

Arutz Sheva http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Safety tips for Sukkot

United Hatzalah emergency medics present safety guidelines for the upcoming Sukkot holiday, to prevent injuries during sukkah-building.
Arutz Sheva Staff, 20September2018 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/252225

The season for building Sukkot has just begun and United Hatzalah volunteers have already treated dozens of injuries that occurred while people were building Sukkot. The Spokesperson’s department has therefore issued a series of basic safety tips for the holiday.

When building a Sukkah one should always be careful when standing or climbing in high places.

It is recommended to use proper safety gloves so as to avoid injuries to the hands.

Make sure that ladders are stable and being held by a second person.

It is strongly recommended to work in pairs if not larger groups so that one person can ground the ladder properly and call emergency services should an accident occur.

It is imperative to keep all nails, screws and tools away from the reach of small children.

>When lighting candles for Shabbat or the holidays, be sure to keep them in a safe location, not near flammable materials, out of the wind, and also out of the reach of small children.

Keep the candles on a special platform that won’t burn such as a metal or glass tray and keep them away from the walls of the Sukkah or any flammable decorations.

Eli Beer, Founder and President of United Hatzalah explained that: “In previous years United Hatzalah volunteers have treated dozens of injuries due to people falling off of ladders during the building and decorating of Sukkahs. Some of these instances, unfortunately, have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries. We ask the public to take extra care this year while building, residing in and taking down their Sukkahs. Our volunteers will be on hand at all times during the holiday to provide care for any and all who need it. We wish you and all of Israel a happy and healthy holiday.”

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Hoshana Raba; May Hashem grant you a wonderful year with all your heart’s wishes for the very best always!

 

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100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference

25April2020 is the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference

6 Facts That You Need to Know About Israel’s Legal Rights

What the Experts say.

6 Facts That You Need to Know About Israel’s Legal Rights

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100 Years Since the San Remo Conference

Amb. Dore Gold April 22, 2020 https://jcpa.org/100-years-since-the-san-remo-conference/

Delegates to the San Remo conference in Italy, 25 April 1920

Delegates to the San Remo conference in Italy, 25 April 1920

In April 2020, the Jewish people will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference, convened in Italy from April 19 until April 26, 1920, in the aftermath of the First World War. British Prime Minister Lloyd George and his minister of foreign affairs, Lord Curzon, attended along with the prime ministers of France and Italy. Representatives of Belgium, Greece, and Japan also took part. They constituted what was called the Supreme Council of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers. Most people have heard of the other great postwar conferences, like the Paris Peace Conference or the Geneva Conferences at the end of World War II. But San Remo has not been on many people’s radar screens, despite the fact that it created the geographic basis of the modern Middle East for most of the 20th century.

San Remo dealt with the disposition of territories that until 1920 were a part of the Ottoman Empire, which had been defeated in the war. Formally, the Ottomans renounced their claim to sovereignty over these lands, sometimes called Arab Asia, in the Treaty of Sevres, which was signed the same year as San Remo, on August 10, 1920. It was at Sevres that a draft peace agreement between the allies and the Ottoman Empire was worked out. What these postwar treaties enabled was the emergence of the system of Arab states, on the one hand, and the emergence of a ”national home for the Jewish people,” on the other hand. The Balfour Declaration from 1917 was in essence a declaration of British policy. But San Remo converted the Balfour Declaration into a binding international treaty, setting the stage for the League of Nations Mandate, which was approved in 1922. It has been noted that at San Remo, Jewish historic rights became Jewish legal rights.

Were these legal rights of the Jewish people superseded in subsequent years? At the time that the UN Charter was drafted in 1945, officials were cognizant that this argument might be raised. Therefore, they incorporated Article 80 into the UN Charter which stated specifically that “nothing in this chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United  Nations may respectively be parties.” Thus, the foundations of Jewish legal rights established through San Remo were preserved for the future.
Amb. Dore Gold
Ambassador Dore Gold has served as President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs since 2000. From June 2015 until October 2016 he served as Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN (1997-1999), and as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.


International Law Expert Prof. Avi Bell Discusses Israel’s Legal Rights

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[This should be the first step in regaining our land from the Arab thieves. Next all of Area C and expel the Arabs from Area B then Area A.]

Does the Term “Annexation” Even Apply?

TheJerusalemCenter 18May2020

It so happens that this year is the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference, where the victorious allied powers from World War I divided the Ottoman Empire and proposed Mandates for the former territories of Ottoman Asia. The territory that was to become British Mandatory Palestine was designated as a future Jewish National Home already then. British diplomacy in 1920 set the stage for not only the emergence of Israel in 1948, but also the entire system of Arab states. This history is pertinent to the debate that has emerged about Israel retaining parts of the West Bank this year in fulfillment of the Trump Plan. It is commonly referred to as “annexation” and states have pointed out that they oppose the annexation of someone else’s territory. The statute of the International Criminal Court in fact defines as one of the acts that constitutes the crime of aggression specifically as the annexation of the territory of another state.

So is it correct to label Israeli actions with respect to the West Bank “annexation?” Can you annex territory that has already been designated as yours?

Indeed, annexation resulting from aggression is unacceptable. The Turkish invasion of Cyprus was an act of aggression. The Russian invasion of Crimea was an act of aggression. Israel in the West Bank is an entirely different story. In addition to the designation of these territories as part of the Jewish national home, one must remember that the West Bank was captured by Israel in a war of self-defense in 1967. That makes all the difference. The great British authority on international law, Sir Elihu Lauterpacht, drew a distinction between unlawful territorial change by an aggressor and lawful territorial change in response to an act of aggression.

It would be more correct not to use the term “annexation” but rather “the application of Israeli law to parts of the West Bank.” The idea that the Jewish national home applied there was backed by much of the international community from San Remo onwards. Even Article 80 of the UN Charter established that national rights from the period of the League of Nations carried over to the newly established United Nations.

In 1920 British leadership under Prime Minister Lloyd George was pivotal in protecting Jewish national rights. Today, 100 years later, British leadership should follow that example.

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Mobster storms Palestinian town to get back beloved horse

‘Nissim would make sure that they would go in and get the horse out. This is a horse that he raised like a baby.’

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF 19MAY2020 https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/mobster-storms-palestinian-town-to-get-back-beloved-horse-628562

One thief definitely bet on the wrong horse when he decided to steal a head mobster’s favorite equine friend. Nissim Alperon, the head of a large mob family, led his private army into a Palestinian city just to get the stolen horse back.

Without consulting the IDF, Alperon led a convoy of ten vehicles into Qalqilya, located under Palestinian control in the West Bank east of Kfar Saba, to retrieve the horse, according to Channel 13.

Shalom Zohar, a friend of Alperon’s, told Channel 13 that “this horse was getting out of there even if 200 or even 300 Israelis had to enter [the town]. Nissim would make sure that they would go in and get the horse out. This is a horse that he raised like a baby.”

Alperon, who has survived multiple assassination attempts, realized that his horse, worth about NIS 300,000, had been stolen. It’s unclear if the thief realized who he was stealing from.

“We activated some connections with pretty respectable people on the Palestinian side. We really went in to Qalqilya, a half hour after the Ramadan fast ended. We arrived at the Palestinian police and demanded the horse,” said Zohar. “A gathering started of all sorts of residents who didn’t look kindly at the Israelis coming right up to their homes. There was a really big concern that there would be some sort of lynching, so the Palestinian Authority sent their police forces and succeeded in moving the crowd a bit.”

While they waited for the horse, the mobsters sat with the Palestinian police and had some kanafeh (a traditional sweet pastry) and sweets.

After being in the village for a number of hours, Zohar, a businessman from Samaria and the one responsible for the negotiations, received a phone call from the officers in the PA and was told to wait at the entrance to Qalqilya, according to Channel 13. The horse was eventually brought to the mobsters and they left the area and returned home.

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San Remo Conference – ועידת סן רמו

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לפני 100 שנה, ב 26/4/1920, הכריעו המעצמות המנצחות בסן רמו שבאיטליה לקבל את תביעת ההסתדרות הציונית על הקמת מדינה יהודית בארץ ישראל. ההחלטה מוועידת סן רמו היא מסמך מחייב של המשפט הבינלאומי ומעניקה לעם היהודי את הזכות המלאה על ארץ ישראל כולה. העבירו הלאה והגבירו את המודעות. Exactly 100 years ago, on April 26, 1920, in San Remo, Italy, a historic event occurred for the Jewish people.
The leaders of the victorious Allied Powers in World War I complied with the demands of the World Zionist Organization and acknowledged the rights of the Jewish people to an independent state in the Land of Israel.
The decision was at least as important as the Balfour Declaration and the United Nations vote of November 29th, 1947.
The resolution of the San Remo Conference is a binding document of international law, which to this day gives the Jewish people the legal right to the entire Land of Israel.
Unfortunately, the San Remo Conference and its historic decision, is almost unknown to the world, even in Israel. Therefore we at the World Zionist Organization decided to produce a video that will explain in 100 seconds about the San Remo conference held 100 years ago.

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Balfour Declaration

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The Balfour Declaration
November 2, 1917

During the First World War, British policy became gradually committed to the idea of establishing a Jewish home in Palestine (Eretz Yisrael). After discussions in the British Cabinet, and consultation with Zionist leaders, the decision was made known in the form of a letter by Arthur James Lord Balfour to Lord Rothschild. The letter represents the first political recognition of Zionist aims by a Great Power.

Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,
Arthur James Balfour

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San Remo conference

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Remo_conference
1920 Mandate for Palestine for the Jewish HomelandThe San Remo conference was an international meeting of the post-World War I Allied Supreme Council as an outgrowth of the Paris Peace Conference, held at Villa Devachan in Sanremo, Italy, from 19 to 26 April 1920. The San Remo Resolution passed on 25 April 1920 determined the allocation of Class “A” League of Nations mandates for the administration of three then-undefined Ottoman territories in the Middle East: “Palestine”, “Syria” and “Mesopotamia”. The boundaries of the three territories were “to be determined [at a later date] by the Principal Allied Powers”, leaving the status of outlying areas such as Zor and Transjordan unclear.

The conference was attended by the four Principal Allied Powers of World War I who were represented by the prime ministers of Britain (David Lloyd George), France (Alexandre Millerand), Italy (Francesco Nitti) and by Japan‘s Ambassador Keishirō Matsui.

Agreements reached

The decisions of the San Remo conference confirmed the mandate allocations of the Conference of London. The San Remo Resolution adopted on 25 April 1920 incorporated the Balfour Declaration of 1917. It and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations were the basic documents upon which the British Mandate for Palestine was constructed. Under the Balfour Declaration, the British government had undertaken to favour the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine without prejudice to the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country. Britain received the mandate for Palestine and Iraq.

If you think there are Palestinian people look at their roots, their surname or family name.

Hauranite Invasion

No matter what lies the Arab claim about the land of Eretz Israel, this is the reality of the time. The British Mandate for Palestine was both Eretz Israel and TransJordan. The Jews were in Eretz Israel and the Arabs were from other parts.

Jerusalem 80% Jewish British 1864 Census

Jerusalem 80% Jewish
British 1864 Census

100,000 Illegal Arab Migrants

100,000 Illegal Arab Migrants

The Demography of Palestine

https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/british_mandate_for_palestine

During the mandate era, two different social systems developed under one political framework, a Jewish one and an Arab one. Each society had its own welfare, educational, and cultural institutions and they gradually became politically and economically independent of one another.

The Zionist movement, for its part, operated along two main axes: the acquisition of land and immigration. Private capital and Zionist institutions purchased large-scale tracts of land, including from Arab landowners. Jewish immigration and the natural growth of the Arab population in Palestine dramatically transformed the demography of Mandatory Palestine as it grew from approximately 700,000 inhabitants in 1922 to around 1,800,000 in 1945. The Arab population doubled, while the Jewish population grew tenfold.

Mark Twain's 1867 book “The Innocents Abroad”

Mark Twain’s 1867 book “The Innocents Abroad”


100 Years Since the San Remo Conference

TheJerusalemCenter 06May2020

See more Diplomatic Dispatch videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1uUSrjSnB01cffzLv7A9tLLKcACZMS_c

The San Remo Conference transformed the Balfour Declaration into a binding international treaty, setting the stage for the League of Nations Mandate in 1922. Thus, at San Remo, Jewish historic rights became Jewish legal rights. Join Ambassador Dore Gold in conversation with Chris Matthews of the European Coalition for Israel, on San Remo’s enduring significance.

In April 2020, the Jewish people commemorated the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference, convened in Italy from April 19 until April 26, 1920. British Prime Minister Lloyd George and his minister of foreign affairs, Lord Curzon, attended along with the prime ministers of France and Italy. Representatives of Belgium, Greece, and Japan also took part. They constituted what was called the Supreme Council of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers.

Most people have heard of the other great postwar conferences, like the Paris Peace Conference or the Geneva Conferences at the end of World War II. But San Remo has not been on many people’s radar screens, despite the fact that it created the geographic basis of the modern Middle East for most of the 20th century.

San Remo dealt with the disposition of territories that until 1920 were a part of the Ottoman Empire, which had been defeated in the war. Formally, the Ottomans renounced their claim to sovereignty over these lands, sometimes called Arab Asia, in the Treaty of Sevres, which was signed the same year as San Remo, on August 10, 1920. It was at Sevres that a draft peace agreement between the allies and the Ottoman Empire was worked out. What these postwar treaties enabled was the emergence of the system of Arab states, on the one hand, and the emergence of a ”national home for the Jewish people,” on the other hand. The Balfour Declaration from 1917 was in essence a declaration of British policy. But San Remo converted the Balfour Declaration into a binding international treaty, setting the stage for the League of Nations Mandate, which was approved in 1922. It has been noted that at San Remo, Jewish historic rights became Jewish legal rights.

Were these legal rights of the Jewish people superseded in subsequent years? At the time that the UN Charter was drafted in 1945, officials were cognizant that this argument might be raised. Therefore, they incorporated Article 80 into the UN Charter which stated specifically that “nothing in this chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.” Thus, the foundations of Jewish legal rights established through San Remo were preserved for the future.

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“Diplomatic Dispatch” is a new series of video briefings on strategic issues that Israel faces today by Jerusalem Center President Dore Gold, produced by the Center’s Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation.


Dore Gold Cambridge Jerusalem Speech and QnA

TheJerusalemCenter 29January2018


100 years of San Remo and Jewish Self Determination by Natasha Hausdorff

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‘100 years of San Remo and Jewish Self Determination’

Natasha Hausdorff explains how the San Remo Conference rebuts the myth of Israel as a colonialist entity and recognised the millennia-long association of Jews with the Land of Israel.

Natasha Hausdorff is a barrister at 6 Pump Court Chambers. She has a law degree from Oxford University and qualified as a solicitor at the American commercial law firm Skadden, working for them in London and Brussels. She subsequently gained an LLM from Tel Aviv University, where she focused on public international law and the law of armed conflict. She has clerked for the President of the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Chief Justice Miriam Naor, and acquired a particular insight into the Israeli Courts’ application of international law. She is based in London where she combines her barrister’s practice with lecturing on international law. Natasha is a director of UK Lawyers for Israel and sits on the Committee of the UK Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.

All About the Facts

Legal Grounds 13August2017
Narrative, shmarrative! This biting musical parody, featuring the talented Latma team, will have you laughing out loud. To learn more about the actual facts, see: http://legalgroundscampaign.org/en/the-facts/

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The 1922 Mandate for Palestine


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The Mandate for Palestine July 24, 1922

The mandates for Mesopotamia, Syria and Palestine were assigned by the Supreme Court of the League of Nations at its San Remo meeting in April 1920. Negotiations between Great Britain and the United States with regard to the Palestine mandate were successfully concluded in May 1922, and approved by the Council of the League of Nations in July 1922. The mandates for Palestine and Syria came into force simultaneously on September 29, 1922. In this document, the League of Nations recognized the “historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine” and the “grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”

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JerusalemCats Comments: This is why you need to control your Borders! 1922 Census proof of Illegal Arab immigration from Syria, Transjordan and Arabia

British census in 1922 says that lots of Arabs came to Beersheva from Transjordan and Arabia

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From the British census of Palestine in 1922, which put the population of the Beersheba district at 75,254: Click to download PDF file Click to download British census of Palestine in 1922

The Ottoman authorities in 1914 placed the tribal population of Beersheba at 55,000, and since that date there has been a migration of tribes from the Hejaz and Southern Transjordan into the Beersheba area mainly as a result of succession of adequate rainfalls and of pressure exerted by other tribes east of the River Jordan.

That is some 20,000 Arabs who came from southern Jordan and from the Hejaz area of Saudi Arabia to settle in Beersheba, increasing the population there by close to 40% in a few years.

People tend to forget that Arabs (especially the Bedouin represented here, but also other Arabs) never considered any national boundaries as being meaningful. They freely moved from one area to another. We’ve noted this before with a major influx of Arabs from the Hauran area of Syria in the early 1930s because of a drought:

Hauranite Invasion

Hauranite Invasion

Which was preceded by as many as a hundred thousand more illegal Arab immigrants in the late 1920s (with one arguing that the 1922 census

100,000 Illegal Arab Migrants

100,000 Illegal Arab Migrants

What do all of these people have in common?

They are all considered “Palestinians” today, and to have lived in Palestine for centuries beforehand.

In fact, a significant number of Arabs who lived in Palestine in 1948 were there for far less time than the 72 years since.

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Adam-Millstein-tweet-03July2020 Jews are from Judea, Arabs are from Arabia! The simple truth by a young and proud Jewish-American member of ClubZ (Z for Zionism). Judea and Samaria are an integral part of the biblical land of Israel.

NATIONAL HOME FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE- JUNE 30, 1922

The U.S. Congress in 1922 March 7, 2008 | Eli E. Hertz http://www.mythsandfacts.org/article_view.asp?articleID=100
On June 30, 1922, a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed the “Mandate for Palestine,” confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine—anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea:“Favoring the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.“Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the United States of America favors the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which should prejudice the civil and religious rights of Christian and all other non-Jewish communities in Palestine, and that the holy places and religious buildings and sites in Palestine shall be adequately protected.” [italics in the original]On September 21, 1922, the then President Warren G. Harding signed the joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine.Here is how members of congress expressed their support for the creation of a National Home for the Jewish people in Palestine – Eretz-Israel (Selective text read from the floor of the U.S. Congress by the Congressman from New York on June 30, 1922). All quotes included in this document are taken verbatim from the given source.

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD 1922 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NATIONAL HOME FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE
JUNE 30, 1922 HOUSE RESOLUTION 360

(Rept. NO. 1172)
Representative Walter M. Chandler from New York – I want to make at this time, Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the House, my attitude and views upon the Arab question in Palestine very clear and emphatic. I am in favor of carrying out one of the three following policies, to be preferred in the order in which they are named:

(1) That the Arabs shall be permitted to remain in Palestine under Jewish government and domination, and with their civil and religious rights guaranteed to them through the British mandate and under terms of the Balfour declaration.

(2) That if they will not consent to Jewish government and domination, they shall be required to sell their lands at a just valuation and retire into the Arab territory which has been assigned to them by the League of Nations in the general reconstruction of the countries of the east./

(3) That if they will not consent to Jewish government and domination, under conditions of right and justice, or to sell their lands at a just valuation and to retire into their own countries, they shall be driven from Palestine by force.

The 1924 Anglo-American Convention on Palestine

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  1. The United States of America ratified a treaty with the British Government known as the Anglo-American Treaty of 1924, which included by reference the aforementioned Balfour Declaration and includes, verbatim, the full text of the Mandate for Palestine.

    “Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on the 2nd of November 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people…”

    The United States of America is legally bound to the principles contained in the “Balfour Declaration” and the “Mandate for Palestine.”

2. The British Mandatory was not a sovereign. All its rights and obligations relating to Palestine, emanated from the Mandate of Palestine. The Mandatory was a trustee for the League of Nations, and it was not given the power to take any steps which violated the terms of the Mandate. It could not change the terms of the Mandate at its pleasure, as it did in the following two cases:

  1. Ceding 77.5 % of Palestine to Trans Jordan (in 1922)
  2. Ceding the Golan to Syria (in 1923)

3. The Mandatory violated article 5 & article 27 of the Mandate when it ceded 77.5% of Palestine to TransJordan and the Golan to Syria:

ART. 5. “The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power.”ART. 27: The Mandatory had no right to amend the Mandate terms without the full consent of the League of Nations or its Mandates Commission.

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1931 British census says while Jews in Palestine are a nation, Arabs are not

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The 1931 British Census of Palestine includes an interesting observation: Click to download PDF file Click to download 1931 British Census of Palestine

 

In addition, however, to the development of this complex of religious communities, a political development has taken place, and the Jewish Community existing as legal entity, and created historically under a principle of religious freedom, has now a specifically political character. The following quotation descriptive of the community is extracted from Command Paper No. 1 700 of the 1st of July, 1922 :-

. . . The Jewish community in Palestine has its own political organs : an elected assembly for the direction of its domestic concerns elected councils in the towns : and an organization for the control of its schools. It has its elected Chief Rabbinate and Rabbinical Coun­cil for the direction of its religious affairs. The business is conducted in Hebrew as a vernacular language, and a Hebrew Press serves its ” needs . It has its distinctive intellectual life and displays consider­ ” able economic activity. This community, then, with its town and ” country population, its political, religious and social organizations, ” its own language, its own customs, its own life, has, in fact,’ national ‘ ” characteristics.”

In fact, the Jewish Community is a ” nationality “. The consciousness of the existence of this “nationality ” has led the non-Jewish religious communities to a vague conception of an Arab “nationality “. This Arab ” nationality ” has no legal existence since there is no Arab community in any formal sense. Its basis is perhaps best described as an awareness, on the part of members of some of the non-Jewish religious communities, of the possibility of common factors in the aims of the several communities. This awareness found its expression in a request during the preparations for the census from the Arab Census Committee that persons enumerated at the census should be given the opportunity of declaring an Arab ” nationality “.

While this is speaking about “nationality” from a legal perspective, realizing that the Jews of Palestine had even in 1922 already become a cohesive community that acts and self-governs like a nation, it is striking that it notes that there is no similar Arab consciousness of nationality.

Of course, the word “Palestinian” is not mentioned. They were taking about a general Arab nationality, not specifically Palestinian Arab national feelings, which of course virtually did not exist at the time.

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United Nation Article 80 of The UN charter: No right gained by a country through a mandate will expire as a result of the expiration of the mandate

United Nations repertory
https://legal.un.org/repertory/art80.shtml

Charter of the United Nations

Chapter XII — International Trusteeship System Article 80

“1. Except as may be agreed upon in individual trusteeship agreements, made under Articles 77, 79, and 81, placing each territory under the trusteeship system, and until such agreements have been concluded, nothing in this Chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.

2. Paragraph 1 of this Article shall not be interpreted as giving grounds for delay or postponement of the negotiation and conclusion of agreements for placing mandated and other territories under the trusteeship system as provided for in Article 77.”

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UN Partition Plan – Resolution 181 (1947)


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Following Britain’s announcement in February 1947 of its intention to terminate its Mandate government, the UN General Assembly appointed a special committee – the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine – to make recommendations on the land’s future government. UNSCOP recommended the establishment of two separate states, Jewish and Arab, to be joined by economic union, with the Jerusalem-Bethlehem region as an enclave under international administration.

On 29 November 1947 the UN General Assembly voted on the partition plan, adopted by 33 votes to 13 with 10 abstentions. The Jewish side accepted the UN plan for the establishment of two states. The Arabs rejected it and launched a war of annihilation against the Jewish state.

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UN Partition Plan – Resolution 181 (1947)
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29 November 1947 – UN Passes Resolution 181 – The Partition Plan

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On Nov 29 1947 the United Nations voted on the Partition Plan. The General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 recommending the partition of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state. It was approved with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one state absent.

Resolution 181 was accepted by the vast majority of the Jewish population, yet rejected by the Arab population in Palestine and by the Arab states, who embarked on a relentless war against the plan to establish a Jewish state.

Background: History of the Blood Thirsty Arab Violence against the Jews of Eretz Israel

Let us start with Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler December 1941

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler December 1941
Haj Amin al-Husseini who was, in many ways, as big a Nazi villain as Hitler himself. To understand his influence on the Middle East is to understand the ongoing genocidal program against the Jews of Israel. Al-Husseini was a bridge figure in terms of transporting the Nazi genocide in Europe into the post-war Middle East. As the leader of Arab Palestine during the British Mandate period, al-Husseini introduced violence against moderate Arabs as well as against Jews. Al-Husseini met with Adolf Eichmann in Palestine in 1937 and subsequently went on the Nazi payroll as a Nazi agent. Al-Husseini played a pivotal behind-the-scenes role in instigating a pro-Nazi coup in Iraq in 1941 as he urged Nazis and pro-Nazi governments in Europe to transport Jews to death camps, trained pro-Nazi Bosnian brigades, and funneled Nazi loot into pro-war Arab countries.
On 20 November1941, al-Husseini met the German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and was officially received by Adolf Hitler on 28 November.
Al-Husseini’s own account, as recorded in his diary, states that Hitler expounded his view that the Jews were responsible for World War I, Marxism and its revolutions, and this was why the task of Germans was to persevere in a battle without mercy against the Jews,
According to the official report of the meeting, on November 28, 1941, Adolf Hitler told Husseini that the Afrika Korps would “liberate” Arabs in the Middle East and that “Germany’s only objective there would be the destruction of the Jews.”
“SS leaders and Husseini both claimed that Nazism and Islam had common values as well as common enemies – above all, the Jews,” the report states.
In fall 1943, it says, Husseini went to the Croatia, a German ally, to recruit Muslims for the Waffen-SS.

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Arab Riots of the 1920’s

by Jacqueline Shields https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/arab-riots-of-the-1920-s

At the end of World War I, discussions commenced on the future of the Middle East, including the disposition of Palestine. On April 19, 1920, the Allies, Britain, France, Italy and Greece, Japan and Belgium, convened in San Remo, Italy to discuss a peace treaty with Turkey. The Allies decided to assign Great Britain the mandate over Palestine on both sides of the Jordan River, and the responsibility for putting the Balfour Declaration into effect. Arab nationalists were unsure how best to react to British authority. The two preeminent Jerusalem clans, the el-Husseinis and the Nashashibis, battled for influence throughout the mandate, as they had for decades before. The former was very anti-British, whereas the latter favored a more conciliatory policy.

 

One of the el-Husseinis, Haj Amin, who emerged as the leading figure in Palestinian politics during the mandate period, first began to organize small groups of suicide groups, fedayeen (“one who sacrifices himself”), to terrorize Jews in 1919 in the hope of duplicating the success of Kemal in Turkey and drive the Jews out of Palestine, just as the Turkish nationalists were driving the Greeks from Turkey. The first large Arab riots took place in Jerusalem in the intermediary days of Passover, April 1920. The Jewish community had anticipated the Arab reaction to the Allies’ convention and was ready to meet it. Jewish affairs in Palestine were then being administered from Jerusalem by the Vaad Hatzirim (Council of Delegates), appointed by the World Zionist Organization (WZO) (which became the Jewish Agency in 1929). The Vaad Hatzirim charged Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky with the task of organizing Jewish self-defense. Jabotinsky was one of the founders of the Jewish battalions, which had served in the British Army during the First World War and had participated in the conquest of Palestine from the Turks. Acting under the auspices of the Vaad Hatzirim, Jabotinsky lead the Haganah (self-defense) organization in Jerusalem, which succeeded in repelling the Arab attack. Six Jews were killed and some 200 injured in Jerusalem in the course of the 1920 riots. In addition, two Americans, Jakov Tucker and Ze’ev Scharff, both WWI veterans, were killed resisting an Arab attack on the Jewish settlement of Tel Hai in March 1920. Had it not been for the preliminary organization of Jewish defense, the number of victims would have undoubtedly been much greater.

 

After the riots, the British arrested both Arabs and Jews. Among those arrested was Jabotinsky, together with 19 of his associates, on a charge of illegal possession of weapons. Jabotinsky was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labor and deportation from the country after completion of his sentence. When the sentence became known, the Vaad Hatzirim made plans for widespread protests, including mass demonstrations and a national fast. Meanwhile, however, the mandate for Palestine had been assigned to Great Britain, and the jubilation of the Yishuv outweighed the desire to protest against the harsh sentence imposed on Jabotinsky and his comrades.

With the arrival in Jerusalem of the first High Commissioner, Sir Herbert Samuel, British military government was superseded by a civilian administration. As a gesture toward the civilian population, the High Commissioner proclaimed a general amnesty for both Jews and Arabs who had been involved in the April 1920 riots. Jabotinsky and his comrades were released from prison to an enthusiastic welcome by the Yishuv, but Jabotinsky insisted that the sentence passed against them be revoked entirely, arguing that the defender should not be placed on trial with the aggressor. After months of struggle, the British War Office finally revoked the sentences.

In 1921, Haj Amin el-Husseini began to organize larger scale fedayeen to terrorize Jews. Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, former head of British military intelligence in Cairo, and later Chief Political Officer for Palestine and Syria, wrote in his diary that British officials “incline towards the exclusion of Zionism in Palestine.”

Arab riot n Jerusalem 1920. The British arrest Jews. the British encouraged the Arabs to attack the Jews.

Arab riot n Jerusalem 1920. The British arrest Jews. the British encouraged the Arabs to attack the Jews.

In fact, the British encouraged the Arabs to attack the Jews. According to Meinertzhagen, Col. Waters Taylor, financial adviser to the Military Administration in Palestine 1919-23, met with Haj Amin a few days before Easter, in 1920, and told him “he had a great opportunity at Easter to show the world…that Zionism was unpopular not only with the Palestine Administration but in Whitehall and if disturbances of sufficient violence occurred in Jerusalem at Easter, both General Bols [Chief Administrator in Palestine, 1919-20] and General Allenby [Commander of Egyptian Force, 1917-19, then High Commissioner of Egypt] would advocate the abandonment of the Jewish Home. Waters-Taylor explained that freedom could only be attained through violence.”

Haj Amin took the Colonel’s advice and instigated a riot. The British withdrew their troops and the Jewish police from Jerusalem, and the Arab mob attacked Jews and looted their shops. Due to Haj Amin’s overt role in instigating the pogrom, the British arrested him. Yet, despite the arrest, Haj Amin escaped to Jordan, but he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in absentia. A year later, however, British Arabists convinced High Commissioner Herbert Samuel to pardon Haj Amin and to appoint him Mufti.

Samuel met with Haj Amin on April 11, 1921, and was assured “that the influences of his family and himself would be devoted to tranquility.” Three weeks later, however, riots in Jaffa and Petah Tikvah, instigated by the Mufti, left 43 Jews dead. Following these riots England established the Haycraft Commission to evaluate the cause of these riots. The appendix of the report reads, “The fundamental cause of the Jaffa riots and the subsequent acts of violence was a feeling among the Arabs of discontent with, and hostility to, the Jews, due to political and economic causes, and connected with Jewish immigration, and with their conception of Zionist policy as derived from Jewish exponents . . . the Arab majority, who were generally the aggressors, inflicted most of the casualties.”

Following these riots, Haj Amin consolidated his power and took control of all Muslim religious funds in Palestine. He used his authority to gain control over the mosques, the schools and the courts. No Arab could reach an influential position without being loyal to the Mufti. As the “Palestinian” spokesman, Haj Amin wrote to Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill in 1921, demanding that restrictions be placed on Jewish immigration and that Palestine be reunited with Syria and Transjordan. Churchill issued the White Paper of 1922, which tried to allay Arab fears about the Balfour Declaration. The White Paper acknowledged the need for Jewish immigration to enable the Jewish community to grow but placed the familiar limit of the country’s absorptive capacity on immigration. Although not pleased with Churchill’s diplomatic Paper, the Zionists accepted it; the Arabs, however, rejected it.

Despite the disturbances in 1920-1921, the Yishuv continued to develop in relative peace and security. Another wave of riots, however, broke out in 1924 after another wave of pogrom’s sent 67,000 Polish Jewish refugees to Palestine. After a week of skirmishes in Jerusalem between the Haganah and Arab mobs, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs lay dead. The Yishuv’s main concern at that time was its financial difficulties; the economic crisis of 1926-1928 led many to believe that the Zionist enterprise would fail due to lack of funds. Zionist leaders attempted to rectify the situation by expanding the Jewish Agency to incorporate non-Zionists who were willing to contribute to the practical settlement of Palestine.

The prospects for renewed financial support for the Yishuv upset Arab leaders who feared economic domination by the Zionists. Led by Haj Amin al-Husseini once again, rumors of a Jewish plot to seize control of Muslim holy places began to spread in August 1929. Violence erupted soon after, causing extensive damage. Rioting and looting were rampant throughout Palestine. In Jerusalem, Muslims provoked the violence and tensions by building and praying on or near the holiest place in the world for Jews, the Western Wall. By late August, the Arabs, in well-organized formation, attacked Jewish settlements near Jerusalem. The disturbances spread to Hebron and Safed, including many settlements in between, and on the Kfar Dorom kibbutz in the Gaza Strip.

On August 23, 1929, Arabs murdered 67 Jews in a massacre in Hebron. Three days later, the British evacuated the 484 survivors, including 153 children, to Jerusalem.

Hebron Massacre of the ancient Jewish community by Arab killers in 1929

JusticeVSpropaganda 08June2011

This is the first documented massacre in the holy land, however Arabs murdered Jews also in the 1920th, and until our days this hate to Jews, later using the term of Zionist ‘occupation’ as a convinient excuse for this savage brutal hatefull massacres. What could be the reason in 1929 to slaughter by torture and corrupt the bodies of the ancient Jewish community members who lived in Hebron hundreds of years? Only a Nazi ideology of annihilation; The ‘Palestinian people’ was not invented yet for propaganda purpose: These were ‘just’ Arabs expressing rage and sadistic desires towards the helpless victims. Only few people among Arabs hid and rescued some of their Jewish neighbours, while the majority either participated or witnessed the horrors. What ‘occupation’ could be the excuse for this? So, after being aware to this forgotten detail in history, can someone still consider Jewish settlers in Hebron, as ‘illegal’?

And besides: nearly million Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries due to persecutions. Why are those refugees and survivors not mentioned in mainstream media, and the horrors they have been through?

credits to user aviramoz for the vid, and to artist azam ali for the music

After six days of rioting, the British finally brought in troops to quell the disturbance. Even though Jews had been living in Gaza and Hebron for centuries, following these riots, the British forced Jews to leave their homes and prohibited Jews from living in the Gaza strip and Hebron to appease Arabs and quell violence. By the end of the rioting, the death toll was 133 Jews, including eight Americans, and 110 Arabs (most killed by British security forces).

More than 200 Arabs and 15 Jews were tried and sentenced for their role in the unrest in 1929. Out of 27 capital cases involving Arabs, only three of the death sentences were carried out, the others were granted “mercy” and their sentences were commuted to life in prison. Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir were put to death on June 17, 1930, because they were convicted of particularly brutal murders in Safad and Hebron.

The British approved payment of nearly 100,000 pounds to Jews for “loss of life and permanent incapacity, and proportionately up to the limits of the sum available in respect of damage to property” by Arabs in the 1929 riots. A “special Jewish Fund for relief and reconstruction purposes to repair the losses suffered by the disturbances of 1929” allocated another 433,000 pounds.

Like the riots earlier in the decade, afterward the British appointed Sir William Shaw to head an inquiry into the causes of the riots. The Shaw Commission found that the violence occurred due to “racial animosity on the part of the Arabs, consequent upon the disappointment of their political and national aspirations and fear for their economic future.” The report claimed that the Arabs feared economic domination by a group who seemed to have, from their perspective, unlimited funding from abroad. The Commission reported that the conflict stemmed from different interpretations of British promises to both Arabs and Jews. The Commission acknowledged the ambiguity of former British statements and recommended that the government clearly define its intentions for Palestine. It also recommended that the issue of further Jewish immigration be more carefully considered to avoid “a repetition of the excessive immigration of 1925 and 1926.” The issue of land tenure would only be eligible for review if new methods of cultivation stimulated considerable growth of the agricultural sector. The Shaw Commission frustrated Zionists, but the two subsequent reports issued on the future of Palestine were more disturbing.

The Hope Simpson report of 1930 painted an unrealistic picture of the economic capacity of the country. It cast doubt on the prospect of industrialization and incorrectly asserted that no more than 20,000 families could be accommodated by the land. The Hope Simpson report was overshadowed, however, by the simultaneous release of the Passfield White Paper, which reflected colonial Secretary Passfield’s deep-seated animus toward Zionism. This report asserted that Britain’s obligations to the Arabs were very weighty and should not be overlooked to satisfy Jewish interests. Many argued that the Passfield Paper overturned the Balfour Declaration, essentially saying that Britain should not plan to establish a Jewish state. The Passfield Paper greatly upset Jews, and interestingly, also the labor and conservative parties in the British Parliament. The result of this widespread outcry to the Secretary’s report was a letter from British Prime Minister MacDonald to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, reaffirming the commitment to create a Jewish homeland.

The Arabs found rioting to be a very effective political tool because the British attitude toward violence against Jews, and their response to the riots, encouraged more outbreaks of violence. In each riot, the British would make little or no effort to prevent the Arabs from attacking the Jews. After each incident, a commission of inquiry would try to establish the cause of the riot. The conclusions were always the same: the Arabs were afraid of being displaced by Jewish immigrants. To stop the disturbances, the commissions routinely recommended that restrictions be made on Jewish immigration.

Thus, the Arabs came to recognize that they could always stop Jewish immigration by staging a riot. Despite the restrictions placed on its growth, the Jewish population increased to more than 160,000 by the 1930s, and the community became solidly entrenched in Palestine. Unfortunately, as the Jewish presence grew stronger, so did the Arab opposition. The riots brought recognition from the international Jewish community to the struggle of the settlers in Palestine, and more than $600,000 was raised for an emergency fund that was used to finance the cost of restoring destroyed or damaged homes, establish schools, and build nurseries.

Sources: Mitchell G. Bard, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Middle East Conflict. 4th Edition. NY: Alpha Books, 2008.
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Itamar massacre: Fogel family butchered while sleeping

Itamar massacre: Fogel family butchered while sleeping

Itamar Massacre

What sort of human being deliberately butchers a sleeping baby?

16March2011  |  by https://www.aish.com/jw/me/Itamar_Massacre.html

The Itamar attack, also called the Itamar massacre, was an attack on a Jewish family in the community of Itamar in Israel that took place on 11 March 2011, in which five members of the same family were murdered in their beds.

Last weekend in Itamar, an Israeli settlement in the Samarian hills, terrorists infiltrated the home of Udi and Ruth Fogel and perpetrated a massacre of the innocents.

The killers started with Yoav, the Fogels’ 11-year-old, and Elad, his 4-year-old brother. Yoav’s throat was slit — as he was reading in bed, one report said — and Elad was stabbed twice in the heart. Then the attackers murdered Ruth, knifing her as she came out of the bathroom. In the next room they killed Ruth’s sleeping husband, Udi, and their infant daughter, Hadas. Apparently they didn’t notice the last bedroom, where the two other boys, Ro’i, 8, and Yishai, 2, were asleep. It wasn’t until half past midnight, when 12-year-old Tamar came home from a Friday night youth group, that the horrific slaughter was discovered. Much of the house was drenched in blood, and the 2-year-old was shaking his parents’ bodies, crying for them to wake up.

What explains such unspeakable evil? What sort of human being deliberately butchers a sleeping baby, or plunges a knife into a toddler’s heart?

Related Article: Itamar’s Children

Hamas, argued that the murder of Babies was permitted by International law.

As news of the massacre in Itamar spread, young men in Gaza distributed candy and pastries in celebration. The Al-Qassam Brigades, a branch of Hamas, argued that the murder of Israeli settlers was permitted by international law. A day later it changed its tune, insisted that “harming children is not part of Hamas’s policy,” and suggested instead that the massacre might have been committed by Jews. The Palestinian “foreign minister,” Riyad al-Malki, also voiced doubt that the killers could have been Palestinian. “The slaughter of people like this by Palestinians,” he claimed, “is unprecedented.” Actually, the precedents abound.

The atrocity in Itamar recalls the 2002 terror attack at Kibbutz Metzer that left five victims dead, including a mother and her two little boys. It brings to mind the murder of Tali Hatuel and her four daughters, who were shot at point-blank range as they drove from Gaza to Ashkelon in 2004. It is reminiscent of the bloodbath in a Jerusalem yeshiva three years ago, in which eight young students were gunned down. Unprecedented? If only.

The civilized mind struggles to make sense of such savagery.

Related Article: Purim & Responding to the Itamar Massacre

There are those who believe passionately that all human beings are inherently good and rational creatures, essentially the same once you get beyond surface disagreements. Such people cannot accept the reality of a culture that extols death over life, that inculcates a vitriolic hatred of Jews, that induces children to idolize terrorists. Since they would never murder a family in its sleep without being driven to it by some overpowering horror, they imagine that nobody would. This is the mindset that sees a massacre of Jews and concludes that Jews must in some way have provoked it. It is the mindset behind the narrative that continually blames Israel for the enmity of its neighbors, and makes it Israel’s responsibility to end their violence.

But the truth is simpler, and bleaker. Human goodness is not hard-wired. It takes sustained effort and healthy values to produce good people; in the absence of those values, cruelty and intolerance are far more likely to flourish.

For years the Palestinian Authority has demonized Israelis and Jews as enemies to be destroyed, vermin to be loathed, and infidels to be terrorized with Allah’s blessing. Children who grow up under Palestinian rule are inundated on all sides — in school, in the mosques, on radio and TV, even in summer camps and popular music — with messages that glorify bloodshed, promote hatred, and lionize “martyrdom.”

None of this is news. The toxic incitement that pervades Palestinian culture has been massively documented. What children are taught in the classrooms of Ramallah, Nablus, and Gaza City, Hillary Clinton said in 2007, is “to see martyrdom and armed struggle and the murder of innocent people as ideals to strive for. . . . This propaganda is dangerous.” Indeed, it is lethal.

An estimated 20,000 mourners accompanied Udi, Ruth, Yoav, Elad, and Hadas Fogel as they were laid to rest in Jerusalem on Sunday. In his eulogy, Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon predicted bitterly that in time the Palestinian Authority would honor the Fogel family’s murderers and name public squares after them. His comment might have seemed gratuitous — except that at that very moment, in the West Bank town of Al-Bireh, Dalal Mughrabi was being celebrated at a public square named in her honor. It was Mughrabi who, 33 years earlier, led a PLO terror squad on a savage rampage on Israel’s Coastal Road. Thirty-eight innocent Jews were murdered that day, 13 of them children.

(This article originally appeared in The Boston Globe).


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The Murder and Expulsion of the Jews in Arab Lands! Remember 30 November!

“We disappeared.” The story of Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa

World Jewish Congress 26November2016

The Exile of Jews from Arab Lands – Noemi Lieberman

B’nai Brith Canada 29November2016

In 1947, wearing only the clothes on their backs, Noemi Lieberman and and her family were forced to flee their native Libya, leaving all their possessions behind. To this day, neither she nor any of her family members have been given reparations of any kind. The following video is part 2 of B’nai Brith Canada’s series in tribute to Jews from Arab lands. Part 1 with Irene Beunavida from Egypt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz-69…

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Prior to 1948, approximately one million Jews lived peacefully in Arab states throughout the Middle East. With the founding of Israel, Arab nations began to target their Jewish populations with violence, oppression and systemic discrimination. They had their property confiscated, anti-Jewish riots erupted and many Jews were killed, forcing a mass exodus from Arab countries.<

The expulsion of Jews from Arab and Muslim countries

Israel’s Foreign Affairs Min. 20June2017

On June 20th, the world marks ‘World Refugee Day’, commemorating the strength, courage and perseverance of of refugees. On this day, we remember the 20th-century expulsion of Jews from Arab and Muslim countries. Jewish communities in Arab countries formed a significant part of the Jewish diaspora. From 1920 onward, some 850,000 Jews were expelled from their homes – from Tripoi to Cairo, from Damascus to Baghdad.

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San Remo: The Original ‘Deal of the Century’

By Yishai Fleisher
2 Iyyar 5780 – April 26, 2020 https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/yishai-fleisher/san-remo-the-original-deal-of-the-century/2020/04/26/

1920 Mandate for Palestine for the Jewish Homeland
1920 Mandate for Palestine for the Jewish Homeland

One hundred years ago this week, the British Balfour Declaration—which recognized the Jewish rights to the land of Israel—became international law.

The Allies, the countries that defeated the Ottoman Empire in World War I, gathered in San Remo, Italy, in late April 1920 to carve up the Middle East. Basing their outlook on Woodrow Wilson’s principle of self-determination, they set out to establish new would-be countries through a mentoring program called “mandates.” The Arabs, now free of the Turks, would get Syria, Lebanon and Mesopotamia (Iraq). The Jews would get “Palestine” (Palestine was a Jewish thing back then).



The language of the 1917 Balfour Declaration was put directly into the San Remo accords: “[T]he Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

This decision was soon unanimously ratified by 56 member states of the League of Nations, and later became part of the United Nations Charter, thus paving the way for the third Jewish commonwealth, reborn on its ancestral soil after 2000 years.

Yet this momentous occasion, on which the international community recognized and then ratified the inalienable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel for the first time in modern history, is often forgotten. Instead, attention is diverted to the radio broadcast of the U.N. vote for Partition on Nov. 29, 1947, where the U.N. General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution adopting the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) partition plan of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states and for which 33 states voted in favor, 13 against and 10 abstained.

Legally speaking, the two events cannot be put on the same scale. The San Remo Accords were binding law, ratified by member states, which took quick effect. Even the United States, which was not a member of the League of Nations, took measures to recognize the accords.

Conversely, the UNSCOP Partition Plan was merely a non-binding resolution, voted on in the toothless General Assembly (not the Security Council), and was immediately rejected by the Arabs—in other words, the whole exercise of the partition plan vote was null and void.

The U.N. bundle narrative

The U.N. partition vote does have the distinction of being the immediate precursor to Israel’s declaration of independence. While David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Agency accepted the partition plan—ready to take what they could get for the Jewish people in the aftermath of the Holocaust—other Zionists rejected the plan outright as an abrogation of previous agreements. At the time, the U.N. resolution was instrumental, but that is a far cry from the portrayal of the U.N. partition vote as the foundational moment of Israel as a sovereign Jewish state.

So why does the empty U.N. partition resolution get so much play as compared with the real law of San Remo Accords? The answer lies in who is presenting the history—what they want Israeli policy to look like and what they want to say about Israel’s legitimacy.

For those who wish to see a “two-state solution” implemented, the idea that Israel was created through the U.N. partition vote is an indispensable narrative. The logic is clear: If the U.N. gave birth to Israel, and that birth was within the partition framework, then that original vision of two states is the controlling rubric. Any deviation from partition/two-states is an act of imperialism, colonialism and occupation—words which U.N.-narrative folks use against Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria regularly.

Moreover, if the U.N. is the parent of the Jewish State, then under the principle of “Honor thy father and mother,” Israel must kneel to the U.N.’s many anti-Israel resolutions and declarations. The U.N.’s admonitions that Israel is not democratic enough, that it has stolen land, that it abuses the Palestinians and most centrally that it must “give back” land to create yet another Palestinian state, must be heeded.

In short, promoters of the U.N. narrative argue that Israel was born in the halls of the General Assembly and that the original vision of partition is its only legitimate path forward. It is not surprising therefore that two-state proponents are invariably U.N.-touters—cut from the same narrative cloth.

The liberals of San Remo

The San Remo narrative, however, is very different. For those who argue that San Remo is the international legal basis for the creation of Israel, the agreement stands for an unabashed recognition of historic Jewish rights in the land of Israel and a stated goal of reconstituting a Jewish commonwealth.

The text of the Mandate for Palestine (the 1922 document that put the resolutions of San Remo into practice) is straightforward: “Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”

At the San Remo conference, delegates never contemplated giving “Palestine” to the Arabs—the absurd idea of taking Judea away from the Jews and creating an Arab state there. For the delegates, giving Syria, Lebanon and Iraq to the Arabs and giving the Jews their historic and biblical land was equitable enough. This was in line with the Wilsonian “self-determination” doctrine—indigenous peoples would gain independence from former empires and govern themselves. Indeed, no one was about to give recognition to the imperialistic Islamic conquests of the 7th century, nor to the 400-year Ottoman domination which the Allies had just terminated.

The text of the Mandate is clear on the issue of land division: “The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine [Jewish] territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of, the Government of any foreign Power.”

Indeed, original Israel, as recognized by San Remo-crafted international law, was going to be a big Jewish state, surrounded by newly freed and even bigger Arab states. That was the vision.

And what about democracy?

The issue of democratic voting in the new Mandate states was not clearly defined at San Remo. However, the framers at the conference were well aware of what it would take to balance power in the region: The Jewish state would be Jewish by charter and not by majority rule.

The Mandate for Palestine states that “nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine,” but does not mention national rights, which could potentially undo the Jewish character of the country in any given election. There was no intent to back an untenable, all-out participatory democracy.

But U.N.-touters cannot stomach the idea that Israel’s core identity is Jewish, without the necessity of a Jewish majority. That is why they are always stressing the contrived “Jewish and Democratic” stipulation—so as to force the two values onto equal footing. In that line of thinking, Israel is not a Jewish state, but rather a democratic state that happens to house a lot of Jews.

However, since demography coupled with democracy could spell the end of the Jewish character of the state, their only viable solution is to shrink away from Arab populations and gerrymander the borders smaller and smaller until there are no Arabs left, only a perfect Jewish democracy on a very small parcel of land remains.

Indeed, the framers of San Remo foresaw the folly of such an approach.

The non-jihad Arab narrative

Anti-Zionist tendencies among Arabs were strong in the 1920s, but were not ubiquitous. At the time, there also existed a line of thinking among some Arab leaders which saw the process of Middle East self-determination as being a boon to all the indigenous people of the region—all the children of Abraham.

Two weeks before the Paris Peace Conference of 1919—the prelude to the San Remo Accords—the Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann met with Emir Feisal, son of the Sharif of Mecca, and put an agreement to paper in which the Arabs would accept the tenets of the Balfour Declaration:

“His Royal Highness the Emir Feisal, representing and acting on behalf of the Arab Kingdom of Hedjaz, and Dr. Chaim Weizmann, representing and acting on behalf of the Zionist Organization, mindful of the racial kinship and ancient bonds existing between the Arabs and the Jewish people, and realizing that the surest means of working out the consummation of their natural aspirations is through the closest possible collaboration….”

A few weeks later Feisal wrote a letter to the future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, a Zionist: “The Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organization to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper.”

Since that time, much has been done to undermine the goodwill between Arabs and Jews as expressed by the Feisal-Weitzman dialogue. But hidden in the ashes are a few coals of this thinking among the Arabs of today. These Arab thinkers, who usually live in fear of jihadists, believe that Arabs have their 22 states on their tribal lands, and Jews their one state on their tribal land, and that mutual acceptance of these facts will avert needless war and will bring about regional cooperation and then prosperity.

But the U.N.-partition narrative denies that Arabs could possibly accept a sovereign Israel in Judea and Samaria or that regional cooperation could come about without further partition. Instead, the U.N. types promulgate the belief that there is no possibility of peace without partition. Without saying it, they assert the jihadist position that the Arabs could never really accept a Jewish state in their midst and that large areas of the land of Israel must be Judenrein if there is ever to be a chance for peace.

Yet, after the 2005 Gaza disengagement, Israelis have seen clearly that surrendering land only leads to more violence and more demands. A smaller Israel is nothing but a weaker target.

Arab Palestine 1.0

There is yet another fundamental reason why U.N.-narrative folks wish to bury the story of San Remo: They don’t want us to remember that an Arab Palestine was created in the ’20s that should have satisfied Arab demands and made the Israel-Palestine conflict disappear before it began.

In the three years between San Remo and the League’s ratification of the accords in 1923, the British utilized a legal loophole to strip away 77 percent of the mandate for a Jewish Palestine and gift it to the leaders of the Hashemite clan. This was the creation of Trans-Jordan, which was later renamed the Kingdom of Jordan.

For many years, we have been told by the U.N. proponents that there is no Middle East peace because there is no Arab Palestine. They want us to avert our eyes from the fact that the Kingdom of Jordan, created on the land originally intended for the Jewish state, is actually an Arab Palestine—but one which refuses to absorb the Palestinians.

Therefore, for the pro-Palestine camp, history must start in 1947, where a Jewish state was slated for partitioning as the U.N. gave birth to it. No one has to know that an Arab Palestine was created 20 years prior.

Deal of the century

We are in the era of the Trump administration’s “deal of the century”—with Israeli sovereignty over the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria slated to become a reality. And yet, for some, the goal of an Arab Palestinian state on Jewish land persists.

It would behoove us now to remember the original deal of the century—the San Remo Accords, signed exactly 100 years ago—which recognized and confirmed Jewish historical national rights to the land of Israel, and equitably divided up the Middle East into a strong Jewish state neighbored by strong Arab states. In that deal of the century, Israel was meant to be big, defensible—and Jewish by charter and not by majority—and there were many Arabs ready to accept and respect it.

As we celebrate Israeli independence this year, let us cast off the contrived U.N. narrative in which Israel was born into the inevitability of two states. One hundred years ago, the framers of San Remo laid down common-sense principles, that with implementation, can still become the real deal of the century.

San Remo: 100th Anniversary of International Recognition of Israel’s Legal Rights to the Land

Yishai Fleisher 03May2020
On April 25, 1920, the international community recognized and ratified the inalienable rights of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel at the San Remo Conference – for the first time in modern history!

Yishai Fleisher, international spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron, Israel, hosts three wonderful experts:

For the HISTORICAL perspective: Col. Richard Kemp – a retired British Army officer who served from 1977 to 2006 and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe. Kemp is an outspoken critic of the international community’s stance on Israel, and regularly writes and comments on this issue.

For the LEGAL perspective: Jake Bennett, who served in an elite IDF unit and today serves as Director of State Legislative Affairs at the Israeli-American Coalition for Action.

For the SPIRITUAL perspective: Rabbi Mike Feuer, counselor, faculty member at the Pardes Institute, and founder of the Jewish Story history podcast.

This program is sponsored by IM TIRTZU, Hebron Fund, and Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights.

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San Remo Resolution – Celebrating 100 years!

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The San Remo Conference 100 Years On

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Delegates to the San Remo conference in Italy, 25 April 1920

Delegates to the San Remo conference in Italy, 25 April 1920

Mideast Security and Policy Studies Paper #172EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: There is probably no more understated event in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict than the San Remo Conference of April 1920. Convened for a mere week as part of the post-WWI peace conferences that created a new international order on the basis of indigenous self-rule and national self-determination, the San Remo conference appointed Britain as mandatory for Palestine with the specific task of “putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2, 1917, by the British Government [i.e., the Balfour Declaration], and adopted by the other Allied Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” This mandate was then ratified on July 24, 1922 by the Council of the League of Nations—the postwar world organization and the UN’s predecessor.

The importance of the Palestine mandate cannot be overstated. Though falling short of the proposed Zionist formula that “Palestine should be reconstituted as the national home of the Jewish people,” it signified an unqualified recognition by the official representative of the will of the international community of the Jews as a national group—rather than a purely religious community—and acknowledgement of “the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine” as “the grounds for reconstituting their national home in the country.”

It is a historical tragedy therefore that 100 years after this momentous event, the Palestinian leadership and its international champions remain entrenched in the rejection not only of the millenarian Jewish attachment to Palestine but of the very existence of a Jewish People (and by implication its right to statehood). Rather than keep trying to turn the clock backward at the certain cost of prolonging their people’s statelessness and suffering, it is time for this leadership to shed its century-long recalcitrance and opt for peace and reconciliation with their Israeli neighbors. And what can be a more auspicious timing for this process than the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference?

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Celebrating San Remo and Jewish Sovereignty

by Brooke Goldstein

04May2020 https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/05/04/celebrating-san-remo-and-jewish-sovereignty/

Delegates at the San Remo conference in 1920. Photo: YouTube

Delegates at the San Remo conference in 1920. Photo: YouTube

Last week, we celebrated the momentous occasion of the 100-year anniversary of the San Remo Conference (April 19-26, 1920), convened in San Remo, Italy by the Supreme War Council of the allied powers (the British Empire, France, Italy, and Japan) at the conclusion of World War I.

There is a widespread misconception that the State of Israel derives its legal existence from United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 (II) of November 29, 1947 — popularly known as the “Partition Plan.” In fact, Israel’s legal foundation under international law derives not from Resolution 181 (II), which was merely a non-binding recommendation without any force of law, but rather from the San Remo Resolution (April 24–25, 1920), signed, ratified, and proclaimed by the Supreme Council at the San Remo Conference.

The purpose of the San Remo Conference was to formulate the terms of a peace treaty with the former Turkish Ottoman Empire. As a consequence of the military victory by the allied forces, the Supreme Council possessed the legal right of disposition due to the “Right of Conquest,” the prevailing international law, and decided to dispose of the former Ottoman territories by putting into effect the recently established Mandate System, which was in accord with Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations (April 28, 1919).

The San Remo Resolution created three separate mandates: (1) Palestine, (2) Mesopotamia, and (3) Syria and the Lebanon. Each Mandate vested de jure sovereignty and transferred legal title specifically to the peoples who were the beneficiaries as they were the geographic inhabitants living in each of the respective newly mandated territories, and/or the people indigenous to the land (both were the case for the Jewish people and Palestine).

The Supreme Council chose the British government to be the Mandatory (i.e., the “Trustee”) for Palestine (i.e., Israel) and Mesopotamia (i.e., Iraq). The British government was thereby legally obligated to administer the allocated Mandates as a sacred trust until such time as the beneficiary peoples could govern the land themselves. France was chosen to be the Mandatory in Syria and the Lebanon under the same terms and conditions.

The terms of the San Remo Resolution were incorporated into the Treaty of Sèvres (August 10, 1920), the Franco-British Boundary Convention (December 23, 1920), and then in the Preamble of the Mandate Charter (July 24, 1922), the latter of which was approved by 52 members of the League of Nations (and, in time, 63 nations, including Iraq and Egypt), as well is in the Treaty of Lausanne (July 24, 1923). The terms were then also incorporated in a separate treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom, known as the Anglo-American Convention on Palestine.

Significantly, the Anglo-American Convention was ratified on March 2, 1925 and proclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge on December 5, 1925. The Anglo-American Convention also incorporated by reference the Balfour Declaration (November 2, 1917), and contained verbatim the full text of the Mandate for Palestine, including the following:

Preamble: “Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on the 2nd November, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Article 5 states: “The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of, the Government of any foreign Power.”

Article 6 states, in part: “The Administration of Palestine … shall facilitate Jewish immigration and shall encourage … close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.”

Article 6 of the US Constitution states, in part: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the Supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby.”

Thus, the American ratification of the Anglo-American Convention rendered the treaty part of the supreme law of the United States. The United States is therefore legally bound to the principles contained in both the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate for Palestine, as both were incorporated into the Anglo-American Convention.

Suggesting that a Jewish presence anywhere within Mandated Palestine is illegal or must be stopped is a violation of the treaty. Enforcing a “two-state solution” within the mandated borders of Palestine is akin to ceding land and would constitute a violation of the treaty.

By way of example, in 1783, the Treaty of Paris marked the end of the American Revolutionary War, and the rights we enjoy as Americans today stand on this document. What keeps the English from canceling this treaty and giving the land to someone else is the principle of estoppel. Once the rights are given, they simply cannot be taken back. Such is the case with the Mandate for Palestine, and the rights that the United States accepted and committed itself to uphold as enshrined in the Anglo-American Convention.

During the Mandate Period (1920–1948), while acting as the Mandatory, Britain illegally signed the Treaty of London with Transjordan on March 22, 1946, giving it the appearance of being officially severed from Palestine and illegally acknowledging the sovereignty and independence of Transjordan contrary to Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations (April 28, 1919); the San Remo Resolution (April 24–25, 1920); Articles 2, 5, and 25 of the Mandate for Palestine (July 24, 1922); the Franco-British Boundary Convention (December 23, 1920); the Anglo-American Convention (December 3, 1924); and Article 80 of the UN Charter (October 24, 1945).

Following these actions of the British government, all land east of the Jordan River, constituting approximately 77% of Palestine’s territory, was illegally transferred to the administrative control of the Hashemites, who unlawfully asserted de facto sovereignty over the eastern part of Palestine, which was known as Transjordan. This wrongful directive by Britain as the Mandatory was in violation of the second and third recitals of the Mandate, as well as Articles 2, 4, 5, 6, and 16 of the Mandate.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has continually and consistently resisted all calls to re-divide the city of Jerusalem, the 3,000-year-old eternal capital of the Jewish people and the modern State of Israel, and has recently and publicly confirmed his dedication to assert de facto sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria, an intrinsic part of the land of Israel as defined in the Mandate for Palestine. By doing so, the State of Israel would thereby be fulfilling its legal role and capacity as agent and assignee of the Jewish people, to whom the sovereign legal rights belong.

Brooke Goldstein is a New-York based human rights attorney and award-winning filmmaker, as well as the founder and director of The Lawfare Project and director of the Children’s Rights Institute.TOP


San Remo and “settlements” by Dr Matthijs de Blois

UKLFI Charitable Trust 25April2020

It is commonly stated that Israeli settlements in the “occupied territories” are illegal. This was even the view of the ICJ in the “Wall” Advisory Opinion in 2004. However this view ignores the legal relevance of the Mandate for Palestine, which was created as a result of the San Remo conference. Under the Mandate, the Jewish people were granted the right to “close settlement” in Palestine, in light of their unique historical and religious connection with the land.

Dr Matthijs de Blois is Senior Fellow, thinc; formerly Assistant Professor, Utrecht University; co-author, Israel on Trial – How International Law is Being Misused to Delegitimize the State of Israel

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‘People Are Dying’: Battling Coronavirus Inside a N.Y.C. Hospital | NYT News

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“Young people are dying”

 

Scenes of “catastrophe” as New York hospitals battle coronavirus

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“Staff are Dying”

Scale of New York’s coronavirus devastation ‘difficult’ for outsiders to understand

Sky News Australia 18April2020

The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic is “very difficult for people to understand if they’ve not seen it,” especially in densely populated places like New York, according to physician Dr Qanta Ahmed.

The deathtoll from the novel coronavirus has risen above 13,000 in New York, even though the fatality rates have begun to plateau according to the state’s governor Andrew Cuomo.

Ms Ahmed told Sky News host Rowan Dean “we are seeing that this disease ravages people who are normally of very good constitutional health” and did not have pre-existing heart conditions or diabetes which makes people more vulnerable to the virus.

The former sleep disorder specialist said her hospital on Long Island was four times its normal capacity with infected patients and there are “more critically ill people on respirators than the entire state of Israel, so the scale is incomprehensible even to those of us who are normally there”.

Obesity and the population density have also been proven as major contributors in the spread of the virus.

With 42 per cent of the population classified as obese, “I am very fearful for the progress of the coronavirus pandemic here in the US,” she said.

Total Confirmed deaths covid-19 March2020 - 22April2020 by Country https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-deaths-covid-19?year=2020-04-12&time=2020-03-01..&country=BRA+FRA+DEU+IND+ITA+KOR+ESP+TUR+GBR+USA

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Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths per million people Jan-Apr 2020 country=ISR+BEL+GBR+USA+CHE+SWE+IRL https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-covid-deaths-per-million?tab=chart&year=2020-05-06&time=2020-01-15..&country=BEL+IRL+ISR+SWE+CHE+GBR+USA

Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths per million people Jan-Apr 2020 country=ISR+BEL+GBR+USA+CHE+SWE+IRL https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-covid-deaths-per-million?tab=chart&year=2020-05-06&time=2020-01-15..&country=BEL+IRL+ISR+SWE+CHE+GBR+USA

Arutz Sheva http://www.israelnationalnews.com/

Flying from NY to Israel during coronavirus

Photographer Shahar Azran decided to fly from NY to Israel. How was the process? How is isolation maintained? What are feelings in NY?

Yoni Kempinski, 28May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/281008

Photographer Shahar Azran flew from NY to Israel

Arutz Sheva TV 27May2020

Arutz Sheva spoke to photographer Shahar Azran, who recently flew to Israel from New York amid coronavirus restrictions.

He described the procedure of the flight, how he maintains social distancing now that he is in Israel, and the atmosphere in New York amid the outbreak of the virus.

“The city is empty,” he said. “I can’t imagine people going back to the theater in the next 6 months […] We have no idea what’s going to happen. I think New York will be affected more than any other place in the US.”

He also predicted that the coronavirus will lead to greater amounts of people moving to Israel.

He said that, between the way Israel is perceived as dealing with the crisis and the health insurance issues in the US, “I think more people will think about Aliyah, and it’s a great opportunity for Israel to invest in those great people.

“Many people want to move to Israel, now we have to give them a greater inventive to come.”

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BREAKING: American Doctors Address COVID-19 Misinformation. Hydroxychloroquine Works!!

PatriotDude 27July2020
American Doctors Address COVID-19 Misinformation. Hydroxychloroquine Works!! Not only as a cure when in concert with Zinc and Azithromycin, but also as a preventative measure when taken alone.

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Analysis and presentation of the facts of the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic: Enough!

Give backing to the Rabbonim who don’t want to go ahead with the decrees anymore.

Click to download PDF file Click to Download the pdf file covid-19-taskforce letter from Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Smith of Passaic Park NJ

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In the ongoing debates about masks and coronavirus vaccines, I suggest that the masks and the prospect of vaccines are a valid concern but still is a distraction. The real issue is that the government has decreed who is essential and who is not essential. Essential people can make a living. Those decreed non-essential cannot make a living and either starve or become a ward of the state.There is no basis or definition in any law, just decrees. The fact that the Jews are not singled out is no comfort – this is war against humanity. The danger of such decrees cannot be overstated and they must be rejected.

There is no place in Torah for a Jewish community to be governed by a committee of medical doctors. Nor by an unelected committee composed of Rabbonim, politicians and doctors.


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Big Pharma’s ‘Narrative’ Is Failing

by Tyler Durden 09August2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/political/big-pharmas-narrative-failing

Authored by Bretigne Shaffer via LewRockwell.com,

So now we don’t have to listen to what those doctors said in front of the US Supreme Court, because it turns out that one of them has some whacky beliefs about sex with demons causing reproductive disorders. What a relief.

I’m not going to pretend that the things Dr. Stella Immanuel has said don’t sound just a little crazy to me. They do.

But I’ve been observing this game long enough to have a pretty good idea of how this works:

Someone says something that contradicts the dominant narrative (in this case, the narrative about medical science), and the machine that supports that narrative goes into overdrive to discredit them, with whatever information they can dig up–as long as it doesn’t involve discussing the actual substance of what the person has said.

I understand that for some people, maybe even for a great many, that is the end of the conversation.

So for everyone who is satisfied with the “fringe doctors promoting hydroxychloroquine also believe demon sex causes fybroids” narrative–please, stop here. Your ride is over, and you may go on believing that this group of doctors and other professionals has been thoroughly discredited by these statements.

For everyone else, if you are at all interested in why such a coordinated effort has been launched to silence and discredit this group, why – even before the sex demon stuff was uncovered – videos of the group’s press conference were quickly yanked from YouTube, and why their own website was taken down without warning by its host, SquareSpace, (their new website can now be found here) then please keep reading.

WHAT THE AMERICA’S FRONTLINE DOCTORS GROUP SAID:

What follows is a brief summary of the key points made by the group America’s Frontline Doctors at their press conference last week. I will not comment on the validity of their claims, however founder Dr. Simone Gold has provided support for much of what the group said, in a white paper that can be found here.

1. They believe that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for Covid-19.

This is the claim made by several of the speakers, including Dr. Immanuel, based on their own clinical experience, as well as on multiple published studies. Many of those studies are listed here, and here.

2. State licensing boards are using their power to forcibly prevent people from having access to this drug.

According to Dr. Gold, many states have empowered their pharmacists to not honor prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine to be used in treating Covid-19. This, she says, is unprecedented:

“It has never happened that a state has threatened a doctor for prescribing a universally accepted safe generic cheap drug off-label.”

Meanwhile, says Gold, the drug is available over the counter in many other countries, including Iran and Indonesia, where it can be found “in the vitamin section”.

3. There is a coordinated campaign to discredit and suppress information about the drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for Covid-19:

“If it seems like there is an orchestrated attack going on against hydroxychloroquine,” said Dr. James Todaro, “it’s because there is.”

Dr. Todaro is speaking from experience. He was the co-author of a March 13 white paper arguing for the use of hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19. The paper was made public on Google Docs, received a lot of attention, and was then removed–without warning–by Google. (It has since been put back up.)

4. The World Health Organization halted its trials of hydroxychloroquine based on a blatantly fraudulent study that relied on data that it appears never even existed.

Bear in mind that this is the authority upon which YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has said she bases her company’s policy on “misinformation”.

The WHO later resumed trials after independent investigators discovered the problems and the study’s authors retracted it.

5. We should be able to have a free and open discussion about this.

Dr. Dr. Joseph Lapado from UCLA, sums it up:

“We’ve been using (hydroxychloroquine) for a long time. But all of a sudden it’s been escalated to this area of looking like some poisonous drug. That just doesn’t make sense… At the very least, we can live in a world where there are differences of opinion about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, but still allow more data to come, still allow physicians who feel they have expertise with it to use that medication, and still, you know, talk and learn and get better at helping people with Covid-19.”

WHY THE ALL-OUT MEDIA ASSAULT ON THE FRONTLINE DOCTORS?:

The influence that the pharmaceutical industry wields over media outlets is no secret. As of 2018, an estimated 70% of all news advertising in the US came from pharmaceutical companies. I have written elsewhere about how “reporting” on medical issues can be difficult to distinguish from outright marketing for drug companies.

Social-media platforms are not immune to this influence, whether it comes via advertising dollars; “partnerships” such as that between the CDC Foundation and MailChimp (which like many other platforms, has an explicit policy of censoring content about vaccines that does not align with the positions of the CDC and the WHO); direct investment, such as that of Google’s parent company Alphabet; or indeed at the behest of politicians such as Congressman Adam Schiff, who last year wrote to the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook and Google, requesting that those companies censor information and products that did not conform to the officially sanctioned position on vaccines. All three complied.

So it should come as small surprise that both Google and YouTube have now taken to removing content supportive of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that is no longer covered by patent, and can be made and sold by any generic producer, for a fraction of the price that Gilead, for example, might charge for its still-patented Remdesivir.

Twitter and Facebook have likewise removed posts about the drug, most notably–and with no visible sense of irony–removing posts of the video in which the Frontline Doctors speak out about widespread media censorship of the topic. (You can now see those videos on Bitchute.)

One need not have an opinion on the merits of the drug hydroxychloroquine in order to recognize that something very odd is happening here. Something that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with free and open inquiry or honest scientific discourse.

Many argue that the politicization of this drug is founded in a desire to unseat President Trump, that the opposition to it is primarily because it was endorsed by Trump, and if it is deemed to be a failure (or even better, dangerous to patients) it will be a powerful strike against the president. That may well be part of what has motivated this. But there is another motivation, having to do with the desire to push a more expensive medication onto the market, and to push a new vaccine on the world’s population.

More broadly, it has to do with the narrative that those in the business of selling drugs demand we believe: that we are all in desperate need of their products (but only the ones still under patent) if we are to be healthy–or indeed, if we are to survive at all.

If it turns out that this “new” virus is easily treatable, with hydroxychloroquine or anything else, then the industry’s dreams go up in smoke. If hydroxychloroquine turns out to be a safe and effective way of treating Covid-19 (as multiple studies and the experience in many other countries outside of the US indicate it may be) then there is much less reason for anyone to receive a vaccine for it, let alone the entire world’s population. Likewise, there is no pressing need to develop a new, more expensive treatment.

But even more than that: If it turns out that hydroxychloroquine is after all a safe and effective treatment for Covid-19, then this whole episode – the silencing of dissenting voices, the “fact-checking” on social media, the campaigns against “misinformation” – will be revealed in plain sight, for what it has always been: Nothing more than a well-funded marketing campaign and damage-control effort on behalf of the industry that wants you to believe that you need to use its expensive products in order to go on living.

So when a group of doctors took to the steps of the US Supreme Court and told the world how they were having success using a cheap anti-malarial that had been in use for 65 years to treat the most deadly contagion of our generation, it was a massive blow to the narrative upon which the pharmaceutical purveyors’ success depends. And over the next few days, as viewers engaged in a race with the censors, quickly downloading videos before they were removed, to post them on other platforms… it became clear that the censors and the gatekeepers had lost control of the conversation.

This is not only about hydroxychloroquine. Every time media outlets or social-media platforms engage in outright censorship of content, in a way that happens to benefit pharmaceutical companies, both parties lose just a little more credibility. The actions we are witnessing now are not the actions of an industry confident in the value of what it provides to the world. They are the actions of a desperate, threatened creature. They are the actions of an entity that is not strengthened by the truth, but weakened by it. That is what these (increasingly obvious) acts of censorship tell us. What we are witnessing are the pangs of a lumbering, wounded, behemoth.

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The “Smoking Gun” study of why studies of Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 have failed. Hydroxychloroquine, evidence of efficacy

Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu | Do you have a Fever and a Dry Cough?

Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu https://regenexx.com/blog/coronavirus-myths-debunked/

Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu https://regenexx.com/blog/coronavirus-myths-debunked/

Aditional Symptoms: Loss of smell Loss of sense of smell as marker of COVID
From Dr. John Campbell May 19, 2020 Brazil, US, UK (https://youtu.be/4URofJ86U54)
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/
high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Caronavirus remains in the throat for 4 days

These are not the Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19: If you have these Symptoms It is time to get off your Apple iPhone or other Smartphone and go to bed.

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Take Vitamin D and Zinc to prevent Death

Quite Compelling Evidence

Dr. John Campbell 13May2020
Does Vitamin D Protect Against COVID-19? https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930152?src=soc_tw_share
So the evidence is becoming quite compelling.
JoAnn E. Manson, Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Already known about Vit D status Bone health, Cardiometabolic health. But it may be even more important now than ever Risk of developing COVID-19 infection and to the severity of the disease. Innate immunity and boosts immune function against viral diseases
Immune-modulating effect
Can lower inflammation
This may be relevant to the respiratory response with COVID – 19 and the cytokine storm.
Laboratory (cell-culture) studies Evidence that patients with respiratory infections tend to have lower blood levels of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D
Some evidence from COVID-19 patients as well.
Eightfold higher risk of having severe COVID illness among those who entered with vitamin D deficiency compared with those who had sufficient vitamin D levels
Supplementation was associated with a significant reduction in respiratory tract infections
12% to 70% reduction of respiratory infection with vitamin D supplementation
So the evidence is becoming quite compelling
Encourage our patients to be outdoors and physically active, while maintaining social distancing

  • Diet
  • food labels
  • fortified dairy products
  • fortified cereals
  • fatty fish
  • sun dried mushrooms
  • Quite reasonable to consider a vitamin D supplement RDA, 600-800 IU/dailyBut during this period, a multivitamin or supplement containing 1000-2000 IU/daily of vitamin D would be reasonable

Planning a randomized clinical trial, moderate to high doses In the meantime,
it’s important to encourage measures that will, on a population-wide basis, reduce the risk for vitamin D deficiency
Dr JoAnn Manson is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; and chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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It is time to start wearing a Mask for the protection of others.

How to Significantly Slow Coronavirus? (featuring Minister of Health of the Czech Rep.) #Masks4All

Petr Ludwig / Konec prokrastinace [CZE] 28March2020

This is the strongest statistical association I've seen w/ respect to the virus. Wear a mask, mandate others to wear masks, & remember that @WHO is criminally incompetent.

Here is the science behind the recommendation to wear a mask.

From: JAMA Insights
March 26, 2020 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2763852
Bourouiba L. Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions: Potential Implications for Reducing Transmission of COVID-19. JAMA. Published online March 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4756
Lydia Bourouiba, PhD
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To mask or not to mask

Dr. John Campbell 07April2020

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Everyone must wear a mask to protect against coronavirus. But which kind?

Dr. Ben Fox speaks with Arutz Sheva, explaining which kinds of masks are most effective and which should be avoided – and how to wear them.

Yoni Kempinski , 08May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/279895

You must wear a mask. But which kind? Dr. Ben Fox answers

Arutz Sheva TV 07May2020

Arutz Sheva spoke with Dr. Ben Fox of the Assaf Harofeh-Shamir Medical Center, about the requirement to wear masks in public.

“There are two reasons to wear a mask,” Dr. Fox explained. “The first reason is to protect ourselves: If somebody coughs, these droplets are coming towards me, if they get into my nose, I’m probably going to get sick with corona. The other reason is to stop me from infecting other people. Now obviously if we’re sick we shouldn’t be going out at all. But we know unfortunately that there’s quite a large number of people who pick up coronavirus, they’re walking around, they don’t know they’ve got it, and innocently spreading it around. And again, that’s a place where wearing a mask can be really effective at stopping the spread in the community.”

The next question, he said, is what kind of masks people should wear, explaining that there are N95s, for healthcare workers, regular surgical masks, and a variety of homemade fabric masks.

Calling the fabric mask market a “wild west,” Dr. Fox held up a disposable surgical mask explaining that “I think these are the way to go.”

“The problem with the fabric masks is that we don’t really know – there haven’t been clear instructions from the Health Ministry on how to make them… There’s thousands of different kinds of fabric, different fabrics have different size holes in them between the fibers, we don’t how many layers of fabric, and we don’t have clear instructions how many masks we need per person and how we need to be cleaning these masks, washing them in the washing machine, at what temperature, do we need to add a capful of bleach each time, just to sterilize – we don’t know. We don’t know.”

Dr. Fox also cited a Chinese paper which noted that during the first SARS epidemic those medical professionals “with high exposure” to the “previous coronavirus” who wore fabric masks were sick “with flu-like symptoms” 13 times more often than those who wore surgical masks.

He also noted several possible explanations for the increase, such as touching the face more often, not washing the masks properly or frequently enough, or being involved in more risky activities, and said that there is no proof that the symptoms were in fact SARS. However, he said, “there’s very strong circumstantial evidence that a fabric mask, if you’re not really taking care of it properly, might increase the risk to ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Israel’s Health Ministry issued guidelines for the use of masks, including how to make homemade masks. These guidelines, published on the Health Ministry site, state:

Types of masks suitable for the general population include:

1. Surgeon’s masks – the standard required by hospitals and clinics and are also suitable for the general population

2. Non-medical oral-nasal masks – provides protection, but the degree of protection depends on the mask

3. Multi-layered cloth masks – can provide very good protection, depending on the type of fabric, its thickness, and the number of layers.

The N95 masks protects from transmission as well, but is not required, except when treating severely ill patients in hospitals undergoing respiratory procedures.

Masks with valves – not suitable in the community because the valve emits air with pressure that can cause spraying of droplets and therefor transmission.

Homemade masks:

In the absence of a medical or commercial mask, it is possible to make an oral-nasal improvised mask or make a multi-folded fabric mask with excellent filtering capacity. The mask should be made from two or three layers according to the thickness and quality of the fabric.

To make a fabric mask, it is recommended to choose woven (non-stretch) cotton fabric as tightly woven as possible (density over 200 threads per inch such as a satin or percale fabric) and fold it into 3 layers (or 500 threads per inch at 2 folds). The fabric should be suitable for washing at 70 degrees Celsius so that it may be reused.

The mask must cover the mouth and nose (possible dimensions are a rectangular mask of 14X18 cm). The mask must be sewn on all sides. Rubber bands can be used instead of laces to tighten the mask behind the ears or on the neck.

It is preferable to make several masks for each person, so that they can be changed whenever the mask is wet, dirty, or overused. The used mask should be kept in a clean plastic bag.

The makeshift masks should be washed at a temperature of over 70 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes or more, and may be dried in the sun or a dryer.

The guidelines also urge Israelis to wash their hands after touching a used mask of any type.

How to make your own coronavirus protective mask: step-by-step instructions

How to Make a Face Mask

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Health ministry issues video explaining how to make homemade masks

A new video issued by the Health Ministry explains how the public can make simple masks at home in order to comply with the latest regulations, which require everyone to wear masks when venturing outside.

The video is in Hebrew, but can probably be understood well enough even without a strong grasp of the language. [See the video below]

חבישת מסיכה מקטינה את סיכויי ההדבקה כאשר נמצאים במרחב הציבורי – כך תוכלו להכין מסיכה משלכם מבדים April 1,2020
חבישת מסיכה מקטינה את סיכויי ההדבקה כאשר נמצאים במרחב הציבורי – כך תוכלו להכין מסיכה משלכם מבדים

איך מכינים מסיכה ביתית ללא תפירה?


Shenkar Art. Design. Engineering •Apr 12, 2020
את הגיזרה למסכה ניתן להוריד מכאן: https://bit.ly/2JV7m5r הסרטון הוכן במסגרת פעילות קבוצתית בנושא צמצום הדבקה בנגיף הקורונה. בקבוצה חברים מטעם מפא״ת, האוניברסיטה העברית, מכון ויצמן, המרכז הבינתחומי הרצליה ומכון סירטקס בשנקר.
The mask for the mask can be downloaded from here: https://bit.ly/2JV7m5r

The video was prepared as part of a group activity to reduce the infection of the corona virus. Members of the MAPA, the Hebrew University, the Weizmann Institute, the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and the Sirtax Institute in Shenkar
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Study on the efficacy of masks and various materials in filtration:

Filtration Efficiency and Pressure Drop Across Materials Tested with Aerosols of Bacillus atrophaeus and Bacteriophage MS2 (30 L/min) a

Filtration Efficiency and Pressure Drop Across Materials Tested with Aerosols of Bacillus atrophaeus and Bacteriophage MS2 (30 L/min) a

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Navy study finds 1 in 5 sailors tested for coronavirus antibodies on carrier were asymptomatic

Study provides first data on how coronavirus affects healthy young adults.

By Luis Martinez 10 June 2020, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/navy-study-finds-sailors-tested-coronavirus-antibodies-carrier/story?id=71162182

A new Navy study of hundreds of sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt found that one in five who tested positive for antibodies were asymptomatic, while the majority of the sailors only had mild COVID-19 symptoms.

The study conducted jointly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also indicated the possibility that a small number of the tested sailors may have some form of immunity to the novel coronavirus.

The carrier left Guam last week, after a 10-week interruption of its deployment to the western Pacific Ocean as the ship’s crew of 4,865 sailors was quarantined on the island following an outbreak aboard the ship. Ultimately 1,273 sailors, or about 26% of the ship’s crew was infected with the virus, including one who died. …
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Rav Elyashiv, the Vilna Gaon’s Lottery and Coronavirus

By Josh Wander 4 Nisan 5780 – 29March2020 https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/aliyah-israel/rav-elyashiv-the-vilna-gaons-lottery-and-coronavirus/2020/03/29/

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There is a ancient Jewish tradition, that in more modern times is attributed to the Vilna Gaon, called the “Goral HaGra”.

It is a lottery which is done at times of extreme need. When divine assistance in required to answer a question of national significance. Great rabbis have passed down this tradition, which allows for a query to be made via a specific protocol and then a Chumash is opened to a random page and a Pasuk is pointed to. This verse is understood to be the answer to the query that was posed.



It was used during the Holocaust to determine in which direction the Mir Yeshiva should escape to (eventually leading them to Shanghai) and again by Rav Aryeh Levin z”l to identify the remains of the mass grave of Jews killed in the Old City of Jerusalem during the War of Independence.

There are very few rabbis alive today who are knowledgeable and qualified to conduct this ceremony. But it was performed this past week in Jerusalem by none other than Rav Aryeh Levin’s grandson and son of the famous Posek, Rav Binyamin Elyashiv Shlit”a.

Rav Binyamin Elyashiv is recognized as one of the poskim, leading Halachic deciders, in the Haredi community in Israel today.

Rav Elyashiv was asked by a American Jewish supporter of Torah institutions how they should be responding to the CoronaVirus in this time of crisis and whether they should relocate to Israel. The response received by the divine lottery was nothing less than miraculous.

The verse that was chosen came from Deuteronomy 1:8, where it states, “See, I have set the land before you; come and possess the land which the Lord swore to your forefathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them and their descendants after them.

This led the holy rabbi to explain to his grandson that this is a revelation and a clear sign that it is time for world Jewry to make their way back to the Land of Israel. “Israel is the safest place for a Jew to be now,” the rabbi said, “We are very close to the final redemption. It will all be over very soon here.”

He also said that those who are left outside of the Land, but continue to support her, will also be recognized as being native to the land.



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Rav Zissholtz: 2 Geula Statements Heard Recently

29March2020 http://yeranenyaakov.blogspot.com/2020/03/rav-zissholtz-2-geula-statements-heard.html

(h/t Sod1820)

Rav Zissholtz on Radio 2000 said the following (paraphrased):

  • I don’t promise anything and anything can change at any moment, but I heard the following 2 statements:
    • Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit”a asked for people to prepare for him a new white garment.
      • Rav Zissholtz doesn’t think that this refers to a kittel, which doesn’t fit the description as it is too thin.  He must have meant something more substantial.
      • Rav Zissholtz rhetorically asks, “In whose honor would Rav Kanievsky need such a garment?”
    • Rav [Yosef] Nissan Shlit”a from Ramat Gan said that the Geula will come before Pesah and that the Beit Hamikdash will descend from Shamayim after the Seder night.
      • Rav Zissholtz prefaced this statement by saying that there are other Tzaddikim working hard to delay this in order to save other Jews.   (He said that these other Tzaddikim want “the Jews from Dizengoff, Herzliya, and Eilat to join the bandwagon, and if what Rav Nissan said actually occurs, they will be off the wagon.”)
      • Rav Zissholtz also said that Rav Nissan is someone who doesn’t generally talk about this.
      • The presenter later noted that Rabbanit Kook Tlit”a said the same.
  • Also Rav Dov Kook Shlit”a said that anyone who doesn’t do Teshuva now is not considered a transgressor, but rather is considered crazy [for seeing what’s going on in the world and not being moved to do Teshuva].
    • Rav Zissholtz said that everyone has what to do Teshuva for.

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Amsterdam: Jewish community in great distress

Dutch authorities refusing to allow Jewish community to aid elderly coronavirus victims, Amsterdam rabbis say.

Yoni Kempinski , 08May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/279913

Amsterdam Rabbi Eliezer Wolff and former Amsterdam Chief Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag spoke about how Holland’s healthcare system is failing to treat elderly coronavirus patients.

In a Zoom conference with the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), the two described the health authorities’ attitude towards coronavirus patients over 60 years of age.

“They don’t provide medical aid, certainly not ventilators, and to our great sorrow we have again seen actual opposition, even in the Jewish nursing home. They don’t evacuate patients who require hospitalization, and since we were called in to help, unfortunately, we have lost another four elderly. They also speed up their deaths, by giving them high doses of morphine,” the two said.

Dutch authorities rejected the CER’s offer to pay to hire a special doctor and purchase ventilators for the Jewish community.

Baruch Van De Kamp, one of the community’s more wealthy members, suggested allocating one of his hotels for the isolation of elderly patients who contracted coronavirus, but this suggestion was also rejected.

“It’s extremely saddening to hear that specifically a country considered to be ‘progressive’ is insensitive to the value of life and even determinedly refuses any aid offered by others, Moscow’s rabbi and CER President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said.

The rabbis have decided to speak to the leaders of the community and the nursing home, expressing their sharp protest, and to declare that they will use any means available to them, if they are not allowed to aid the elderly patients.

Later in the meeting, Rabbi Ralbag discussed the CER’s court in Amsterdam for women whose husbands refused to grant them a divorce, and the unprecedented ruling of the Dutch court: to arrest one of the divorce-refusing husbands for six months, due to his refusal to appear in the Jewish court.

“Even though he is not a resident of Holland, the court issued an arrest warrant for him, allowing any country which is a member of the European Union to enforce it,” he said.

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Religious Jews are among the biggest victims of COVID-19

29March2020 Elder of Ziyon http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2020/03/religious-jews-are-among-biggest.html
Religious Jews are among the biggest victims of COVID-19

Boro Park. Flatbush. Crown Heights. Forest Hills. Fresh Meadows.

Every single New York neighborhood with a large religious Jewish population has the highest percentage of patients testing positive for the coronavirus, according to this map published by the NYC Department of Health.

Looking at New York State as a whole, the heavily Jewish Rockland County has a higher percentage of COVID-19 cases per capita than New York City (as far as I can tell, second only to Westchester County.)

And in New Jersey, the two towns with the highest number of COVID-19 cases are not the major cities of Newark (155) or Jersey City (130) or Camden (2) or Trenton (7).

They are the much smaller towns with large Jewish populations: Teaneck (population 37,000, Jews 15,000, 213 cases) and Lakewood (population 102,000, Jews 60,000, 198 cases.)

Even though Orthodox rabbis across the board closed down all schools and synagogues before the government authorities said to, the sheer amount of interaction that religious Jews have with their communities – often going to prayer services 2 or 3 times a day, and this year especially celebrating Purim (March 10) together with friends and family, made Orthodox Jewish communities Ground Zero for the coronavirus. This was not helped by the refusal of a small minority to shut down their synagogues and cancel wedding parties – stupid, selfish decisions that are ensuring that the numbers continue to grow as we approach the two week mark since rabbis first called for the shutdowns. There were reports that some Jews still insisted on praying with others as recently as Friday.

Only this week will we begin  find out the effectiveness of the shutdowns that started on March 12 in Teaneck/Bergen County and then spread across the region in the following week.

Every day we learn about more and more people we know, or in our circles, who have gotten ill or passed away. Often they are community leaders – rabbis and others – whose jobs involve close interaction with their followers.

It is a very scary time, and the worst is still to come.

We are facing a Passover without extended family. But it is necessary to keep all of our extended families as safe as possible.

And those who continue to pretend to be “frummer” by still praying with a minyan/quorum are playing Russian roulette with their families, and everyone else’s lives.

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Brooklyn Hatzola issues dire coronavirus warning: ‘This is a crisis’

By Gabrielle Fonrouge 19March2020 https://nypost.com/2020/03/19/brooklyn-hatzola-issues-dire-coronavirus-warning-this-is-a-crisis/

As the number of people infected with coronavirus continued to soar in the Orthodox Jewish community Thursday, Hatzola leaders warned that things must change before it’s too late.

Borough Park’s Hatzola, an emergency ambulance service catering to the Jewish community, sent an urgent robocall across the neighborhood Thursday afternoon, a day after two urgent cares in the area reported an alarming spike in positive coronavirus cases.

“It seems that in our community of Borough Park, life is continuing as normal, business as usual. People are going about their daily lives as if nothing is happening,” the recording says.

“Many, many, many of our friends and family have contracted this virus and are not doing as well as we had hoped. This is a crisis… We need to do what’s right. And to the current moment, we have not done [that], we have not stepped up to the plate.”

On Thursday morning, Asisa Urgent Care said they had around 400 positive cases come out of their two Borough Park facilities and Williamsburg location, accounting for nearly half of Brooklyn’s 1,030 infections reported by City Hall. That’s up from about 150 from the day before.

The health care facility’s rep said about 99 percent of those tested were from the Jewish Orthodox community.

The Hatzola call to action implored members of the community to heed the advice of doctors and “stop mingling.”

“We must be more mindful of what’s happening and how we can stop the spread of this virus. We need to do more. We have done very little currently. We need to keep away from each other. We can’t stand next to each other. We have to protect each other as if we’re all fighting for our lives. This is no laughing matter,” the recording says.

“If we are not going to be taking this seriously, who knows who will be there to help us?”

During a press briefing late Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted again there is “no cluster” of COVID-19 in Borough Park and said “that part of Brooklyn is not any more endangered than anywhere else.”

Additional reporting by Julia Marsh
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In the shadow of the Coronavirus epidemic

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Dear Diaspora Rabbis

This is not the time for well-meaning Internet messages and sermons about unity in times of trouble, nor about the renewal of Diaspora life when the epidemic has passed.

Tzvi Fishman 04April2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/25493

Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Before making Aliyah to Israel in 1984, he was a successful Hollywood screenwriter. He has co-authored 4 books with Rabbi David Samson, based on the teachings of Rabbis A. Y. Kook and T. Y. Kook. His other books include: “The Kuzari For Young Readers” and “Tuvia in the Promised Land”. His books are available on Amazon. Recently, he directed the movie, “Stories of Rebbe Nachman.”
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Dear Diaspora Rabbis.

In the shadow of the Coronavirus epidemic, with love and concern for you and your communities, now that your synagogues are closed, on behalf of myriads of Jews in Israel, many of them olim from the Diaspora, we bid you to reach out to your congregants via the Internet and telephone, and urge them to make Aliyah now. The gates are fast closing, but it is not too late. The Jewish Agency and Aliyah organizations like Nefesh B’Nefesh are still working. Just as the Government of Israel is endeavoring around the clock to return touring Israelis from around the world on emergency rescue flights, the State of Israel will do the same for you and your congregants if you act today.

Now is not the time for procrastination and doubts. As Rabbi Kook once told a Jewish visitor to Israel, in order to free himself from the quagmire of the exile, a person must slay all extraneous excuses and not make an accounting (Heb. “Heshbone), just like the Jews exiting Egypt had to slay the King of Heshbone (name of king mentioned in the Bible)  before entering the Promised Land.

This is not the time for well-meaning Internet messages and sermons about unity in times of trouble, nor about the renewal of Diaspora life when the epidemic has passed. It is time to get out forever. If such an immediate relocation is too difficult for the aged, at the very least, all young Jews must be told the truth. Let them pack up a backpack and flee.

Families in the Diaspora – don’t hold onto your children! Think about their futures, not about yourselves. Already around the world, looting and violence have begun. First stores will be vandalized when people have no money and food. In several places, the Jews have already been blamed for the plague. Just as the virus spread suddenly before it could be stopped, Jew hatred will explode like a fiery cloud of gas, scorching everyone in its wake.

Overnight, masses will turn into savage skinheads and neo-Nazis. Hordes of desperate and wild packs will attack like rabid dogs. Jews and other innocents will be mugged, houses will be broken into, people will be shot, like in previous times. In Europe, hungry minorities will turn into rampaging gangs.

JerusalemCats Comments: Just look at the Tweet from March 31, 2020 of all the stores boarded up!

Thousands of stores in New York have boarded up their doors and windows to avoid possible looting TRT World @trtworld tweet 31March2020

Thousands of stores in New York have boarded up their doors and windows to avoid possible looting TRT World @trtworld tweet 31March2020

In many places, the governments will look on silently as Jews are attacked, claiming that there is nothing they can do. In other places, like America, the authorities will not have the manpower to prevent the anarchy. There are complaints from patients in New York hospitals that aides are not entering rooms with Jews.

The time to flee was years ago, but if not now, when? Experts are predicting that the evil could rage for months and more. At the very least, let the young people go! Rabbis, parents, if you love them, command them to flee! Let the cry be, “This year in Jerusalem!” If not, for a ghastly number, Passover will not come again, and homes of Jews will be passed over in a different, opposite sense, may the Almighty have mercy.

The exile was never meant to last forever. Hashem meant the exile to be a curse, but, beaten down by the long oppression, we turned it into the illusion of having found havens of welcome and peace. The word of the Almighty is not a whimsical thing that can change with our fancies. He decreed the curse of exile, and He decreed that His outcast and scattered children would one day return. That time came with the founding of the Jewish State.

For those who didn’t hear the call, or who refused to listen, the call of Corona, the virus of the Crown, of Hashem’s Kingship, is clear. Let it be the great shofar of our freedom. Now!

There is a refuge in Israel, as our prophets foretold. Yes, we have problems. Yes, the virus is here as well. But the State of Israel reacted quickly to the threat. Every effort is being made to protect the Jewish people and overcome the enemy.

In Israel, you will be amongst fellow Jews, with Jewish policemen and a Jewish army, and not at the mercy of strangers. Rabbis, Jewish educators, Federation presidents, and leaders of Jewish organizations – send the Jews to Israel!

Teach by example! Show the way! Break through the sea of indecision and fear. We are waiting on the other side of the ocean to welcome you. Be brave like Nachshon. Leap into the waters of faith. Come home now!

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The Aliya Apocalypse is coming

The difference between the situation of Jews in the Diaspora and those in Israel during the corona pandemic has led to a change in the way Diaspora Jews look at the Jewish state, from the Zionists to the haredim to the progressives.

Rabbi Elchanan Poupko 20April2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/25567

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Aliyah landing

If there is one thing we know about the post-coronavirus era that connects with the post WWII eraa, it is that we have no idea what the world will look like.. Who will be the winners? Who will be the losers? We do not know what industries will survive and which won’t, which economies will rise, and which will crumble.
One thing we do know for certain: the Aliya apocalypse is coming.

As many have noted, for American Jews, the notion that America is a first-world country, and Israel is some kind of second world country can no longer exist. Sitting in New York hearing the harrowing sounds of ambulances all day and all night, while watching videos of Israelis singing Ma Nishtana from their balconies, can never be erased. The far superior management of the coronavirus outbreak in Israel, while we felt stranded and abandoned by state policies, will never disappear. Haredi Jews in Brooklyn and Rockland County who had seen tens of deaths a day for the past few weeks will never again be able to look down on Israel.

The contrast between the swift and effective action taken in Israel confronting the coronavirus, although it did suffer fatalities – a much lower number proportionately than outside Israel –  contrasted with the slow and inadequate actions taken against it in most states in America, highlights the technological, governmental, and medical superiority Israel has been able to exercise in defense of its citizens. This is something everyone considering making Aliya will now have on their minds. This is not true only of Jews in America. It is also true of Jews in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, and more.

Then comes the economic aspect.

We do not know when economies will go back to function. We do know that many aspects of the economy may never come back. Others will be very hard hit. We do know that the world may be facing the greatest economic depression since the 1930s.

For American Jews it’s a simple choice: would you like to stay here to find out what a full-blown economic catastrophe looks like during an unresolved pandemic, with no guarantee for health insurance, not able to afford your children’s education, or would you like to take your chances and go to Israel? In Israel, you are guaranteed almost free healthcare—which has proven itself far superior and more effective—free or low-cost high-quality Jewish education (and low-cost higher education), and effective public policy (albeit with a civic license to complain and insane politics).

It is hard to imagine this will be a difficult choice. Once the airways reopen, and a ravaged world economy emerges, it is likely we will see an Aliya apocalypse. Americans from all walks of life are likely to find the fast track back to Israel.

Another group that is likely to find their way back are Israeli yordim, those who emigrated to other countries. Many of them decided to take a risk and relocate so they could succeed at building a better standard of life in New York, Florida, Berlin, or Los Angeles. When economic opportunities are at a one hundred year low, when they are guaranteed a better healthcare system, when the world is far less globalized than ever before, many of them are likely to jump on the first flight back to Israel available to them. Many have already.

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Every day I turn with horror to the various sites to see if there is anyone I know, a family member, a friend, or a known community leader.

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Another change we are likely to see in Israeli-Diaspora relations is between the haredi sector and Israel. My heart bleeds as I think of the dozens who died and die every day in Brooklyn, Rockland County, Lakewood, Kiryas Joel, and more. Every day I turn with horror to the various sites to see if there is anyone I know, a family member, a friend, or a known community leader. Sadly, this happens almost every day and I hope is on a downward trend.
Seeing this happen in our community (I see myself as part of this community in many ways) while sister communities in Israel go almost unscathed – and seeing the IDF helping haredim in Bnei Brak with food and transportation to hotels to save the elderly) is going to change attitudes towards Israel. No longer can Israel be viewed as the Nebach subject of pity and America as the benevolent stable one. There is likely to be a reversal of roles which is likely to impact decision making. More haredi and Yeshivish Jews will see Aliya as a sensible and desirable decision.

I vividly recall standing in my home in New York, at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, getting one of the usual charity calls from Israel. “You know the situation here is very difficult,” was the pitch. I couldn’t even pretend to listen. Hundreds of people were dying in New York and they were asking for sympathy? Thank G-d, they did not need it as much as we do! American Jews will realize that not being the big brother—benevolent uncle Sam—is not much fun.

Earlier this year, Rav Ahron, one of the two current Satmar Rebbes, came from Brooklyn to Israel, greeted by thousands, donating five million dollars to non-Zionist institutions. There was a subtle message about his arrival. The drones on the way to the airport, the private jets, the fancy motorcades, dashing out cash to supporters, all gave a simple message: American dollars can outdo Zionism. Rabbi Mordechai Berkovitch, a leading figure in the Satmar community in America, said it then outright: “the Zionists bought the Jews of Israel for a few dollars, we are going to get them back with millions of dollars. We are going to fight them face to face.”

If indeed this was a battle between the Brooklyn dollar and the Israeli Shekel, the outcome is not looking great for Brooklyn. Time to begin opting for Jerusalem over a beleaguered Brooklyn.

This symbolism is not just true for Brooklyn. Jews in haredi communities in London, Manchester, and beyond will do the same. It is hard to imagine Jewish communities like Antwerp, Belgium, which are now bracing an 85% coronavirus infection rate, soon forgetting how much better off their cousins in Israel were during this period. Israel will become a far more appealing option than ever before.

Progressive Jews won’t fall far behind either. Especially young ones. Reflecting on my days of hitting the job market during the 2008 recession, I can say with certainty there is nothing exciting about hitting a job market in decline. No matter what you think about Netanyahu, he did not abandon his citizens during the coronavirus outbreak just because they didn’t vote for him. Those who lived in blue states during this outbreak felt, although unjustifiably, abandoned and stranded by the federal government. The possibility of a country with nationalized healthcare, effective public health systems, an economy that is open both to the West and the East, is likely to appeal to many young Jews.

During this coronavirus outbreak, we should be thinking about our friends, family, grandparents, and members of our community. We should be thinking about how to get over this 21st century horror alive and well, care for others, and look out for anyone we can. Israel has done so in a spectacular way. For that reason, Israel should also be preparing for the Aliya Apocalypse. Once the airways are open, many Jews will be saying: this year in Jerusalem. Israel should prepare to embrace them.

Hotovely discusses new strategy with heads of Nefesh B’Nefesh

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Diaspora Minister Tzipi Hotovely held a discussion today with the heads of Nefesh B’Nefesh and Ms. Lori Palatnik, founder of the Momentum movement regarding creation of a strategic plan for Diaspora Jewry in wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Hotovely that “World Jewry is faced with a new reality following the coronavirus crisis. There is an awakening among the communities and we must be prepared for an Aliyah wave – to reach out and provide a warm home to every Jew during such a difficult time.”

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The roles have reversed with the US and Israel! Now Israel is providing the volunteers to aid the US. It is time for US Jews to make Aliyah before it is to late.

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Israeli NGO Steps Up to Help Americans in Time of Need During Coronavirus Pandemic

by Gary Shapiro 22April2020 https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/04/22/israeli-ngo-steps-up-to-help-americans-in-time-of-need-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

Twenty-two-year-old Amir Kashfi arrives early in the morning around 6:30 a.m. outside a Los Angeles school to set up boxes of canned goods, pasta, rice and other non-perishables to dispense. A number of recipients line up by car or by foot by 8 a.m.

The need for this food pantry has spiked during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

“There’s a huge increase in demand because of the pandemic,” said Kashfi, a volunteer with IsraAID, an Israel-based NGO that partners with Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Team Rubicon, which is a US veterans organization, among others in these efforts. “It hurts my heart to see so many in need.”

“Our goal is to be there for the community,” said Seth Davis, chief executive officer of IsraAID US.

He noted that the short-term goal was to fill a gap and get food to people in need, but the long-term goal was to create a cadre in the community who can respond to such crises. In addition to Los Angeles, IsraAID has helped operate food banks in other California locations, including San Diego, Orange County, San Jose and Santa Barbara.

Davis said, “This deployment will go on for months, because even if the curve flattens, there’s going to be a long tail of people still in need of food and financial help.”

“These are unprecedented times,” Dr. Lucy Uber, another volunteer, said. “Food is a basic necessity that most of us take for granted.”

She reflected on the precariousness that many were experiencing at the moment. “Many of these people live in what is already referred to as a food desert,” said Uber. “Add the coronavirus crisis and there is financial devastation.”

For her employment, not as a volunteer, she works in the emergency room at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Uber said, “The full socioeconomic impact of the coronavirus crisis may not be known for years.”

The pediatrician Uber connected with IsraAID through a classmate from high school, Farah Shamolian, who works for IsraAID. “I went into medicine because I wanted to help people,” Uber said.

After Uber attended medical school in Tel Aviv, she said, “I wanted to keep Israel close to my heart.”

She is also part of the IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Network, a collective of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and others involved in humanitarian relief and disaster response. Uber said, “Its goal is to educate and motivate people to be ready to respond to crises abroad and locally.”

In 2018, IsraAID deployed Kashfi to Berlin where he worked with Farsi-speaking refugees from Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan, as well Arab refugees from Iraq and Syria.

Kashfi said, “It was not lost on me that I’m a Persian Jewish kid from Los Angeles helping Arab and Muslim refugees through an Israeli organization in a country where the Holocaust happened. You can’t make that up.”

IsraAid, which has worked in 52 countries worldwide, has helped the US in crises before.

In 2005, IsraAID assisted those in the path of Hurricane Katrina. It also sent a team in 2012 to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. It has responded to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Michael in Florida and Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. They were also responders to the more recent fire of Paradise, California, working with local community leaders and caregivers to deal with the trauma.

IsraAID is currently speaking with potential partners in helping New York state’s response to COVID-19. The organization already had a satellite office in New York.

What might the focus be? Davis said, “People put a lot of focus on protective gear, the physical injury and the loss of life, but people are not putting enough focus on mental health and the emotional injury.”

He added, “We don’t want people to get PTSD, but to have PTG or post-traumatic growth. We can build our skill set that caregivers, religious leaders and people in education have to help people bounce back stronger.”

Davis said part of the focus will be on helping children, educators and healthcare professionals.

IsraAID is not limited to the physical world in its efforts to assist. It also is helping in the virtual world. For, IsraAID designed a free online webinar to offer mental health support to those who experienced trauma during the COVID-19 crisis.

It offers 12 practical ways to reduce anxiety and stress. It was devised in Israel at the headquarters of IsraAID by mental health and protection professionals.

The volunteer Kashfi said, “IsraAID is not religious or political. It is a professional humanitarian organization. It’s a welcome side effect that our work reflects the values of Israel in a positive light.”

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Pesach Seder: Protect your Grandparents

Arsen-strovsky-tweet-30March2020 Powerful message from @naftalibennett to Jewish communities around the world ahead of #Pesach: "Do the Pesach Seder in the very nuclear family. You do not do it this year with grandma and grandpa. There will be no Pesach Seder with young people and old people."

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Authoritarianism In The Age Of Pseudoscience

by Tyler Durden 09May2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/health/authoritarianism-age-pseudoscience

Authored by Colin Todhunter via Off-Guardian.org,

Following the court decision in the US to award in favour of Dewayne Johnson (exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, caused Johnson to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma), attorney Robert Kennedy Jr said at the post-trial press conference:

The corruption of science, the falsification of science, and we saw all those things happen here. This is a company (Monsanto) that used all of the plays in the playbook developed over 60 years by the tobacco industry to escape the consequences of killing one of every five of its customers… Monsanto… has used those strategies…”

Johnson’s lawyers argued over the course of the month-long trial in 2018 that Monsanto had “fought science” for years and targeted academics who spoke up about possible health risks of the herbicide product.

Monsanto Roundup sign near crops

Long before the Johnson case, critics of Monsanto were already aware of the practices the company had engaged in for decades to undermine science. At the same time, Monsanto and its lobbyists had called anyone who questioned the company’s ‘science’ as engaging in pseudoscience and labelled them ‘anti-science’.

We need look no further than the current coronavirus issue to understand how vested interests are set to profit by spinning the crisis a certain way and how questionable science is again being used to pursue policies that are essentially ‘unscientific’ – governments, the police and the corporate media have become the arbiters of ‘truth’.

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We also see anyone challenging the policies and the ‘science’ being censored on social media or not being given a platform on TV and accused of engaging in ‘misinformation’.

It’s the same old playbook.

The case-fatality ratio for COVID-19 is so low as to make the lockdown response wholly disproportionate. Yet we are asked to blindly accept government narratives and the policies based on them.

Making an entire country go home and stay home has immense, incalculable costs in terms of well-being and livelihoods. This itself has created a pervasive sense of panic and crisis and is largely a result of the measures taken against the ‘pandemic’ and not of the virus itself.

Certain epidemiologists have said there is very little sturdy evidence to base lockdown policies on, but this has not prevented politicians from acting as if everything they say or do is based on solid science.

The lockdown would not be merited if we were to genuinely adopt a knowledge-based approach. If we look at early projections by Neil Ferguson of Imperial College in the UK, he had grossly overstated the number of possible deaths resulting from the coronavirus and has now backtracked substantially.

Ferguson has a chequered track record, which led UK newspaper The Telegraph to run a piece entitled ‘How accurate was the science that led to lockdown?’ The article outlines Ferguson’s previous flawed predictions about infectious diseases and a number of experts raise serious questions about the modelling that led to lockdown in the UK.

Ferguson’s previous modelling for the spread of epidemics was so off the mark that it may beggar believe that anyone could have faith in anything he says, yet he remains part of the UK government’s scientific advisory group. Officials are now talking of ‘easing’ lockdowns, but Ferguson warns that lockdown in the UK will only be lifted once a vaccine for COVID-19 has been found.

It raises the question: when will Ferguson be held to account for his current and previously flawed work and his exaggerated predictions? Because, on the basis of his modelling, the UK has been in lockdown for many weeks, the results of which are taking a toll on the livelihoods and well-being of the population which are and will continue to far outweigh the effects of COVID-19.

According to a 1982 academic study, a 1% increase in the unemployment rate will be associated with 37,000 deaths [including 20,000 heart attacks, 920 suicides, 650 homicides], 4,000 state mental hospital admissions and 3,300 state prison admissions.

Consider that by 30 April, in the US alone, 30 million had filed for unemployment benefit since the lockdown began. Between 23 and 30 April, some 3.8 million filed for unemployment benefit. Prior to the current crisis, the unemployment rate was 3.5%. Some predict it could eventually reach 30%.

Ferguson – whose model was the basis for policies elsewhere in addition to the UK – is as much to blame as anyone for the current situation. And it is a situation that has been fuelled by a government and media promoted fear narrative that has had members of the public so afraid of the virus that many have been demanding further restrictions of their liberty by the state in order to ‘save’ them.

Even with the promise of easing the lockdown, people seem to be fearful of venturing out in the near future thanks to the fear campaign they have been subjected to.

Instead of encouraging more diverse, informed and objective opinions in the mainstream, we too often see money and power forcing the issue, not least in the form of Bill Gates who tells the world ‘normality’ may not return for another 18 months – until he and his close associates in the pharmaceuticals industry find a vaccine and we are all vaccinated.

In the UK, the population is constantly subjected via their TV screens to clap for NHS workers, support the NHS and to stay home and save lives on the basis of questionable data and policies. Emotive stuff taking place under a ruling Conservative Party that has cut thousands of hospital beds, frozen staff pay, placed workers on zero-hour contracts and demonised junior doctors.

It is also using the current crisis to accelerate the privatisation of state health care.

In recent weeks, ministers have used special powers to bypass normal tendering and award a string of contracts to private companies and management consultants without open competition.

But if cheap propaganda stunts do not secure the compliance, open threats will suffice. For instance, in the US, city mayors and local politicians have threatened to ‘hunt down’, monitor social media and jail those who break lockdown rules.

Prominent conservative commentator Tucker Carlson asks who gave these people the authority to tear up the US constitution; what gives them the right to threaten voters while they themselves or their families have been exposed as having little regard for lockdown norms. As overhead drones bark out orders to residents, Carlson wonders how the US – almost overnight – transformed into a totalitarian state.

With a compliant media failing to hold tyrannical officials to account, Carlson’s concerns mirror those of Lionel Shriver in the UK, writing in The Spectator, who declares that the supine capitulation of Britain to a de facto police state has been one of the most depressing spectacles he has ever witnessed.

Under the pretext of tracking and tracing the spread of the virus, the UK government is rolling out an app which will let the likes of Apple and Google monitor a person’s every location visited and every physical contact. There seems to be little oversight in terms of privacy.

The contact-tracing app has opted for a centralised model of data collection: all the contact-tracing data is not to be deleted but anonymized and kept under one roof in one central government database for ‘research purposes’.

We may think back to Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of Facebook data to appreciate the potential for data misuse. But privacy is the least concern for governments and the global tech giants in an age where ‘data’ has become monetized as a saleable commodity, with the UK data market the second biggest in the world and valued at over a billion pounds in 2018.

Paranoia is usually the ever-present bedfellow of fear and many people have been very keen to inform the authorities that their neighbours may have been breaking social distancing rules.

Moreover, although any such opinion poll cannot be taken at face value and could be regarded as part of the mainstream fear narrative itself, a recent survey suggests that only 20% of Britons are in favour of reopening restaurants, schools, pubs and stadiums.

Is this to be the new ‘normal’, whereby fear, mistrust, division and suspicion are internalized throughout society? In an age of fear and paranoia, are we all to be ‘contact traced’ and regarded by others as a ‘risk’ until we prove ourselves by wearing face masks and by voluntarily subjecting ourselves to virus tests at the entrances to stores or in airports?

And if we refuse or test positive, are we to be shamed, isolated and forced to comply by being ‘medicated’ (vaccinated and chipped)?

Is this the type of world that’s soon to be regarded as ‘normal’?

A world in which liberty and fundamental rights mean nothing. A world dominated by shaming and spurious notions of personal responsibility that are little more than ideological constructs of a hegemonic narrative which labels rational thinking people as ‘anti-science’ – a world in which the scourge of authoritarianism reigns supreme.

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As this article was going to press, it was announced that Neil Ferguson is resigning from his role as science advisor to Boris Johnson’s government, in the wake of the allegations he has broken the lockdown rules he himself recommended in order to meet his girlfriend .

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Why The COVID-19 Model That Inspired UK’s Lockdown May Be “The Most Devastating Software Mistake Of All Time”

by Tyler Durden 18May2020 – 02:45 https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/why-covid-19-model-inspired-uks-lockdown-may-be-most-devastating-software-mistake-all-time

While Democrats in the US and progressives in the UK continue to push back against efforts to gradually reopen their respective economies, more evidence is emerging that calls into question the models (what the public often refers to as the “science”) which inspired governments across the world to impose crippling lockdowns on their populations.

Case in point: Since Neil Ferguson and the authors of the Imperial published its modeling for non-pharmaceutical intervention for COVID-19, a number of data scientists have taken a close look and found gaping oversights that seriously undermine the model’s credibility. Of course, this isn’t the first time we have written about Ferguson and his exploits.

In this weekend’s Telegraph, two of these critics, David Richards, the founder and CEO of global big data leader WANdisco which is jointly headquartered in Silicon Valley and Sheffield, and Dr. Konstantin Boudnik, a pioneering big-data engineer, WANdisco’s VP of architecture and author of 17 US patents, published an editorial in which they carefully examined the model’s shortcomings. Keep in mind, the Imperial model is what ultimately inspired PM Boris Johnson to make a U-turn and adopt what has been an economically devastating lockdown – was nothing short of a catastrophe. Millions have been plunged into hardship and poverty unnecessarily, they explained. Johnson himself was infected by the virus and the public is furious with the government over its rollout of a plan to reopen.

Given the influence the model had during the early days of the outbreak, the two men argued that the software issues underpinning the model could be ‘the most devastating software mistake of all time’.

Apparently, the model’s problems are rooted in its most fundamental components. The model was written using a coding language called  Fortran which has been in use for decades.

Due to its age and inflexibility, Fortran has many inherent problems. But on top of the language itself, the code in the model was sprawling, sloppily written and extremely inefficient, the two men said, claiming it would never pass muster in the private sector.

Using straightforward, jargon-free language, the two authors explain how the model ran into a problem called “CACE”, or, ‘changing anything changes everything’ – a problem that software engineers and data scientists trying to model, well, anything, really, often encounter.

The approach ignores widely accepted computer science principles known as “separation of concerns”, which date back to the early 70s and are essential to the design and architecture of successful software systems. The principles guard against what developers call CACE: Changing Anything Changes Everything.

Without this separation, it is impossible to carry out rigorous testing of individual parts to ensure full working order of the whole. Testing allows for guarantees. It is what you do on a conveyer belt in a car factory. Each and every component is tested for integrity in order to pass strict quality controls.

It’s just the latest reminder that President Barack Obama’s advice to this year’s graduates rings true: You can’t just blindly accept what the experts and the people in charge tell you.

Read the full editorial below:

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In the history of expensive software mistakes, Mariner 1 was probably the most notorious. The unmanned spacecraft was destroyed seconds after launch from Cape Canaveral in 1962 when it veered dangerously off-course due to a line of dodgy code.

But nobody died and the only hits were to Nasa’s budget and pride. Imperial College’s modelling of non-pharmaceutical interventions for Covid-19 which helped persuade the UK and other countries to bring in draconian lockdowns will supersede the failed Venus space probe and could go down in history as the most devastating software mistake of all time, in terms of economic costs and lives lost.

Since publication of Imperial’s microsimulation model, those of us with a professional and personal interest in software development have studied the code on which policymakers based their fateful decision to mothball our multi-trillion pound economy and plunge millions of people into poverty and hardship. And we were profoundly disturbed at what we discovered. The model appears to be totally unreliable and you wouldn’t stake your life on it.

First though, a few words on our credentials. I am David Richards, founder and chief executive of WANdisco, a global leader in Big Data software that is jointly headquartered in Silicon Valley and Sheffield. My co-author is Dr Konstantin ‘Cos’ Boudnik, vice-president of architecture at WANdisco, author of 17 US patents in distributed computing and a veteran developer of the Apache Hadoop framework that allows computers to solve problems using vast amounts of data.

Imperial’s model appears to be based on a programming language called Fortran, which was old news 20 years ago and, guess what, was the code used for Mariner 1. This outdated language contains inherent problems with its grammar and the way it assigns values, which can give way to multiple design flaws and numerical inaccuracies. One file alone in the Imperial model contained 15,000 lines of code.

Try unravelling that tangled, buggy mess, which looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming. Industry best practice would have 500 separate files instead. In our commercial reality, we would fire anyone for developing code like this and any business that relied on it to produce software for sale would likely go bust.

The approach ignores widely accepted computer science principles known as “separation of concerns”, which date back to the early 70s and are essential to the design and architecture of successful software systems. The principles guard against what developers call CACE: Changing Anything Changes Everything.

Without this separation, it is impossible to carry out rigorous testing of individual parts to ensure full working order of the whole. Testing allows for guarantees. It is what you do on a conveyer belt in a car factory. Each and every component is tested for integrity in order to pass strict quality controls.

Only then is the car deemed safe to go on the road. As a result, Imperial’s model is vulnerable to producing wildly different and conflicting outputs based on the same initial set of parameters. Run it on different computers and you would likely get different results. In other words, it is non-deterministic.

As such, it is fundamentally unreliable. It screams the question as to why our Government did not get a second opinion before swallowing Imperial’s prescription.

Ultimately, this is a computer science problem and where are the computer scientists in the room? Our leaders did not have the grounding in computer science to challenge the ideas and so were susceptible to the academics. I suspect the Government saw what was happening in Italy with its overwhelmed hospitals and panicked.

It chose a blunt instrument instead of a scalpel and now there is going to be a huge strain on society. Defenders of the Imperial model argue that because the problem – a global pandemic – is dynamic, then the solution should share the same stochastic, non-deterministic quality.

We disagree. Models must be capable of passing the basic scientific test of producing the same results given the same initial set of parameters. Otherwise, there is simply no way of knowing whether they will be reliable.

Indeed, many global industries successfully use deterministic models that factor in randomness. No surgeon would put a pacemaker into a cardiac patient knowing it was based on an arguably unpredictable approach for fear of jeopardising the Hippocratic oath. Why on earth would the Government place its trust in the same when the entire wellbeing of our nation is at stake?

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“Tourist Go Home” – Tensions Soar As Hawaiians Urge Non-Residents To “Leave”

by Tyler Durden 20April202020 https://www.zerohedge.com/health/tourist-go-home-tensions-soar-hawaiians-urge-non-residents-leave

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Hawaiians are becoming increasingly angry, not because the tourism industry has collapsed, and 37% of the labor force has just filed for unemployment, but mostly because US mainlanders, motivated by super discounted flights and hotel rooms, continue to pour into the various Hawaiian Islands during the pandemic.

Troy Kane, a local on Oahu, who was interviewed by The Guardian, said residents are abiding by the stay-at-home orders as cases and deaths surge. He points out tourists on the island are ignoring social distancing rules and risk spreading the virus to locals.

“Locals are following the orders, staying home. But there are people, who are clearly tourists, here by the dozens,” said Kane. “They’re still out here, still in groups of seven or more, still coming, and that’s a problem.”

The Guardian says, “$100 airfares” are enticing people in quarantine in the continental US to vacation in Hawaii. Last week, nearly 800 tourists arrived on the islands. The influx triggered a nerve among locals and officials who argue tourists need to leave.

As of Monday, 580 cases and ten deaths have been confirmed across the Hawaiian Islands. About 35 cases have been non-residents.

US Coronavirus Map 20April2020

US Coronavirus Map 20April2020

Kane is a neighborhood board member and community representative of Waimanalo and says the native Hawaiian and Micronesian populations on the islands are at higher risk of contracting the disease. He worries for his community and family that tourists are blatantly disregarding the public health order.

“People will always see this place as their playground. And in this moment, as a Native Hawaiian, this is very reflective of many historical circumstances, where people from outside of the islands have come in and caused real harm to the native population. It’s not always with the direct intent to do so, but the impacts, especially on Hawaiian people, are very real,” he said.

“If you take our history, it tells us that we are not very well protected.”

Hawaiians last month protested tourists arriving at the Maui airport. Some held signs that said: “TOURIST GO HOME,” “LEAVE OUR AINA!,” “TIME TO GO,” and “GO HOME.”

Maui residents protesting tourist near airport on 21March2020. h/t Star-Advertiser

Maui residents protesting tourist near airport on 21March2020. h/t Star-Advertiser

Protester near airport on 21March2020. h/t Star-Advertiser

Protester near airport on 21March2020. h/t Star-Advertiser

Protesters near Maui airport on 21March2020 h/t Star-Advertiser

Protesters near Maui airport on 21March2020 h/t Star-Advertiser

Josh Masslon, a Maui-based ICU nurse, said the healthcare system on the islands does not have enough capacity to handle a virus outbreak.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” said Masslon. “We cannot handle an outbreak with our resident population alone.”

Masslon said he’s called the police on tourists for breaking the public health order.

So, at what point do Hawaiians, fed up with ignorant tourists breaking social distancing rules and risk infecting the local community, take the law into their own hands and start blocking airport exits, preventing new arrivals from entering?

Hawaii Arrests ‘Rogue Tourists’ In COVID Contagion Crackdown

by Tyler Durden 08May2020 – https://www.zerohedge.com/health/hawaii-arrests-rogue-tourists-covid-contagion-crackdown

As the travel and tourism industry implodes, savvy consumers, with zero f*cks given about contracting the virus, have been buying cheap airfare to Hawaii, along with heavily discounted rooms at top resorts. Around mid/late March, when strict stay-at-home orders went into effect, locals, who were confined to their homes, noticed many of these tourists were disregarding public health orders. This infuriated some who allege that if an outbreak on the island(s) was seen, it could easily overwhelm the local hospital system.

By late March, tensions between locals and tourists were quickly building. A group of locals held a protest at Kahului Airport in Maui County, holding up signs that read: “TOURIST GO HOME,” “LEAVE OUR AINA!,” “TIME TO GO,” and “GO HOME.”

 

By mid-April, the Hawaii Tourism Authority issued a $25,000 grant to nonprofit Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) to fund a program that would issue one-way plane tickets to tourists who broke 14-day quarantine orders or other social distancing rules. As of April 26, we noted about 26 tourists were provided one-way tickets back to their home airports for breaking the rules.

Now it appears things are getting serious in the state. Authorities are arresting “rogue tourist” who break quarantine orders:

“A newlywed California couple left their Waikiki hotel room repeatedly, despite being warned by hotel staff, and were arrested. Others have been arrested at a hotel pool, loading groceries into a vehicle outside a Costco and bringing take-out food back to a hotel room,” AP News said.

The strict measures, some of the most stringent in the country, have been working to suppress the outbreak. As of Friday, about 629 cases and 17 deaths have been reported in the state, a relatively low number when compared with Northeast states.

 

Hawaii sacrificed its largest industry: tourism – to fend off the virus. With many resorts, restaurants, and other businesses closed, unemployment has skyrocketed to 25% to 35%. At least 100 hotels have suspended operations as locals stay home to weather the public health crisis.

 

Honolulu City Councilmember Kym Pine said the sacrifices Hawaiians are making today to protect their communities, in the long run, is hugely disrespectful when a tourist comes to the state and blatantly ignores the rules.

“The people that are coming don’t care about us. They’re coming to Hawaii on the cheap and they obviously could care less whether they get the virus or not,” she said. “So they obviously could care less about that mom and dad who have no job and no food.”

AP says the honeymooning couple, Borice Lepovskiy, 20, and Yuliia Andreichenko, 26, of California, refused to sign a “quarantine agreement” after they came back late one night after picking up pizza. The next morning, they left their room and were arrested.

At least 20 people have been arrested statewide on charges of breaking quarantine orders. Many others have been given warnings or citations. Anyone who is convicted of the violation is subjected to a $5,000 fine and a year in jail.

“Officials have even considered having travelers wear an ankle bracelet during their quarantine period, or setting up a designated site where tourists would be required to stay at for the 14 days,” AP notes.

Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, said hotel key cards are being programmed to only allow people to check-in – so when they leave their rooms – they will need to get a new card, which would be a red flag for front-desk workers that the tourist potentially violated quarantine rules.

AP provides several other accounts of tourists being arrested:

Last month, a pair arrived on Kauai and were told to go directly to their hotel. Kauai police stopped them after they were seen going in the opposite direction of their hotel.

Adam Schwarze, 36, who police said lives on Oahu and his travel companion, Desiree Marvin, 31, of Alexandria, Virginia, were ultimately arrested in the parking lot of a grocery store.

Leif Anthony Johansen, 60, of Truckee, California, was supposed to be in quarantine but was spotted on a personal watercraft off Oahu’s famed North Shore. He was later followed to a Costco, where agents from the state attorney general’s office arrested him as he was loading groceries into his vehicle.

Hannemann said he’s surprised that people still are coming to Hawaii considering much of the attractions are shutdown:

“I am, quite frankly, quite surprised that people would still want to come because this is not the Hawaii that you’ve dreamed about, that you want to experience,” said Hannemann of the tourism and lodging association. “There’s a lot of attractions that are closed. Everyone is walking around with masks. You know, we’re just not going to demonstrate that spirit of aloha that you’ve heard so much about. … So to me, it’s just crazy for someone to still want to come here.”

And a word to the wise – it’s probably a good idea to stay away from Hawaii at the moment. The next thing you know, law enforcement might start tracking tourists with GPS bracelets.

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Some Bad News From JPMorgan:This Is What Happens After We Pass The Virus Peak

by Tyler Durden 07April2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/health/some-bad-news-jpm-what-happens-after-we-pass-virus-peak

Yesterday, when giving an update  on the global coronavirus infection curve, and highlighting where various nations currently reside on the curve, we said what has become conventional wisdom, namely that “with every passing day, the world – most of which is currently on lock down – gets closer to the infection inflection point, and as the updated “corona curve” chart shows, all the nations that were in the exponential rise phase (acceleration), are now moving into the stage of infection growth rate slowdown (accumulation), suggesting that a peak for most countries is now just a matter of time, at which point the number of new cases will start slowing down aggressively. This means that while US cases continue to soar, the light at the end of the tunnel is now visible.”

infection growth rate curve stage

infection growth rate curve stage

Some, such as JPMorgan’s delightfully permabullish quant Marko Kolanovic (who is so keen on giving flashbacks to his notes from x weeks ago, if not so much his “once in a decade” call to buy value/short low-vol stocks last July), ran with this data to its extreme conclusion, writing today that his models “have indicated that social distancing is working and that the apex of the pandemic will come sooner and require significantly less peak hospitalizations than projected by the models used by government officials at the time.”

In short, it’s all downhill from here on the corona-curve… literally, which is great news if that was all there is to it as every analyst-trader-amateur-epidemiologist jumps to conclude.

Unfortunately, it turns out that there is much more to it what happens next than “conventional wisdom” hot takes and amateur Wall Street virologists would have you believe, because in a separate not from a far more erudite JPM analyst – at least when it comes to coronavirus analysis – the bank’s MW Kim writes that the first apex is just the beginning, and then – as China is learning now as it reports the most new cases in a month

Asymptotic cases vs confirmed cases

Asymptotic cases vs confirmed cases

… it gets much worse again as the second infection wave is unleashed, then the third, and so on.

So what’s really going on?

First let’s do the good news, which as JPM’s MW Kim notes, have to do with the slowdown in global infections which grew 62% w/w to 1,275,542, while infection growth momentum has slowed compared to ~95% w/w ten days ago.

Global new Covid-19 Cases 07April2020

Global new Covid-19 Cases 07April2020

Furthermore, as we reported yesterday, several of the larger impacted countries are now in the slower infection growth rate accumulating stage (the latest curve chart as of this morning is shown below)…

infection growth rate curve stage 07April2020

infection growth rate curve stage 07April2020

… and JPM is optimistic that post Easter holidays, market focus could likely shift towards “infection peak”/ “recovery statistics” from the current ‘daily new additions’.

Now, and as is customary, are the not so good news: MW Kim cautions that his findings on COVID-19 so far include (1) the lack of a vaccine makes it difficult to clear the virus; (2) social distancing is an expensive strategy in terms of economic/ social cost perspective; (3) it may perhaps prove challenging to build popular acceptance of stricter social distancing for more than a month.

Therefore, and this is the key part, JPMorgan (at least the non-quant part of JPMorgan) “cannot rule out the possibility that global infection curves propagate secondary waves, shaped similar to seismic aftershocks until a vaccine is broadly available.”

Some more details from JPM on how and why “reducing new contacts” aka social distancing has been the primary containment strategy:

Most countries so far have taken the strategy of reducing the virus transmission rate in the community to slow the infection curve. We have proposed that COVID- 19 seems to have a higher basic reproduction number (Ro: 2) compared to the Spanish Flu (Ro: 1.5-1.8). Also, it could take 12-16 months for a vaccine to be under mass production. As a result, the spread of COVID-19  could potentially paralyze the hospital system in a short period. Majority of countries have implemented strong social distancing measures including city lockdowns to reduce the pressure on hospital capacities. This way, new contact with potential infection pool could be reduced which would lead to smaller new infection additions. Meanwhile, it allows time for governments to build up healthcare capacities such as intensive care units, which could then minimize the mortality risks.

So far so good, and social distancing does indeed show success. But, as JPM asks, the question is if authorities will face challenges in acceptance to extend strict social-distancing for longer periods (say over a month).

Therefore, the bank’s analyst cannot rule out the possibility that successive global infection curves form until a vaccine is broadly available. The strategy then may shift to society living with COVID-19, but minimizing infection scale/scope.

Which then brings us to the $64 trillion (roughly in line with global GDP) question: is the coming “second reinfection wave” going to be smaller or bigger, similar to the Spanish Flu pandemic, where deaths in the second wave were 5x greater than those from the first?

Deaths during 1918 spanish flu Pandemic

Deaths during 1918 spanish flu Pandemic

Here JPM believes that next waves could be at a smaller amplitude with lower mortality rate potential compared to the current first wave. This is due to (1) strong risk awareness among stakeholders; (2) faster government response potential at the infection tipping point; and (3) enhanced risk manual at the containment stage. However, even a substantially reduced amplitude of wave 2 (and 3 and 4), suggest that ongoing economic shutdowns will be recurring feature of life for quarters if not years!

Coronavirus-global infection rate

The amplitude could be higher, however, a la the Spanish Flu pandemic, if it turns out that the life cycle of the coronavirus is far longer than assumed.  As JPM notes, the COVID-19 infection life cycle could last for 4-5 weeks including a 2-week incubation period.

The bottom line, and somewhat counterintuitively, the sooner the world declares victory against the Wu Flu, the faster the general population will rush back into “social undistancing”, sparking countless new case clusters as the infection restarts from scratch, forcing authorities to re-establish social distancing once again, and so on, as the entire process repeats from square one.

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How Long Will the American Covid-19 Lockdown Last? Here’s What the Patterns Suggest

March 29, 2020 by Daisy Luther https://www.theorganicprepper.com/how-long-covid-19-patterns/

(March 29, 2020) From the moment lockdowns and serious social distancing efforts began in the United States, the question on everyone’s mind was, “How long will these lockdowns last?”

And it’s not simple impatience. The cost of Covid-19 continues to come as a brutal assault to families across the country. First, there was the money spent preparing for the likelihood of quarantine, and this was followed, for many, by a loss of income. A shocking 3.3 million people had filed for unemployment by last Thursday, something projected less than a week ago and laughed off by many as fear-mongering. The economic ramifications of this virus are not just short-term – they’re long-term too.

It’s psychological, too. Right now, we’re in this strange period of purgatory in which the situation isn’t that bad for a lot of people – outside of a few hotspots, we aren’t seeing the virus in our own backyards. But the inability to plan for something next summer, next month – even next week – is tough on people who are accustomed to being able to map out things like vacations, summer activities for the kids, heck, even a night at the movies with our partners. There’s a sense of overall discomfort which can only be described as grief as we miss out on goals, milestones, and the day to day lives we enjoyed just a couple of short weeks ago.

We want this to end. Now.

And if we can’t have that, we want to know when. When will this limbo known as lockdown be over?

Unfortunately, we’re just getting started.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about when the lockdowns and shelter in place orders would be handed down in the United States, based on the patterns we were seeing in China and in Italy. It turned out to be extremely accurate, so we can use the same general idea of using patterns to attempt to predict what happens next.

Now, keep in mind, there are all sorts of variables. I hate making “predictions because of this. These aren’t “predictions” in a crystal ball kind of way. This is just an analysis of what has already happened and how a pattern is developing. So, my disclaimer is, given the vast array of variables, some of which we’ve probably never even considered, these dates may be entirely wrong. But right now, patterns are all we have to give us an idea of what to expect.

Some of the variables that could come into play are the severity of the lockdown, the population density of the infection hotspots, a surge of civil unrest, a concurrent disaster, and/or the medical systems in the different countries involved. China is a lot more authoritarian than the US and Italy, and they incorporated shocking measures like literally welding people into their apartments.

While things started off rather gently in Italy and the United States, don’t expect it to stay that way.

Italy started off less strictly but has increasingly become tougher on citizens as the cases explode, and we’re seeing harsher measures being instituted across the United States as governors take steps to protect their less-infected states from those fleeing hotspots.

Expect this to continue up to and including martial law if people don’t cooperate with social distancing measures. I’m not saying that this is a good thing or a bad thing – I’m just pointing out that this is reality. If you don’t believe it, read this article about how the cops in Rhode Island are teaming up with the National Guard to go door to door looking for New Yorkers who have fled the city. Right here in the United States of America, boys and girls.

Don’t delude yourself into thinking we’re protected by the Constitution right now. While that should always be the case, know that right now, we’re not.

Some definitions

For the purposes of this article, here are some definitions that I’m using.

  • Lockdown: Periods of time with the restriction of movement, closure of businesses, quarantines, and curfews mandated by federal or local governments with varying degrees of enforcement,
  • Peak: The plateau in which the number of cases was high somewhat uniformly. Also known as “flattening the curve.”
  • Spike:  A brief period during which the number of cases skyrocketed, then returned to the peak.
  • Decline: The period of time when the number of new cases began to drop steadily from the peak period.

The charts below are all from Worldometer and show the new cases diagnosed in each country.

I’m not a scientist, a statistician, or a doctor. These are my definitions that I’ll be using throughout the article and I’m sharing them for the purpose of clarity so that we’re all reading from the same songbook.

Here’s how it went down in China.

Keep in mind that I never trusted and still do not trust the numbers coming from China. I’m not basing any of this on their numbers, but on their increases and decreases. If it helps any, I don’t trust the American numbers either. I’m equal opportunity in my distrust.

All we’re looking at here are patterns.

The lockdown of China began on Jan. 22. Within a few days, the lockdown had spread to incorporate millions and millions of people and were quite widespread to some degree or another.

This is Worldometer’s chart for China. The chart begins on Jan. 22, which is not accurate – that was the day that they locked down Wuhan so we know there were a number of cases before that date. But this is the data we have to work with. Again, we’re not focused on the numbers, but on the pattern.

Worldometer’s chart for China

China’s cases hit the plateau that we’re calling a “peak” approximately Jan. 30th. That’s when they hit a plateau that was continued after the peak until cases began to drop off on Feb. 19th. During this time, the cases were being diagnosed hard and fast at a high rate that varied from day to day but stayed in a certain range. This means the peak for China began 8 days after widespread lockdown and lasted for 20 days.

You can see a spike on Feb. 13th and 14th. This can be explained away –  at least in part. China began using a different diagnostic method on the 13th that didn’t require the antigen test. It was faster and easier to diagnose patients at that time. There were 15 thousand new cases that day and this is notable. This spike occurred 22 days after the lockdown began. They only used this diagnostic method for 2 days, then returned to their previous methods of diagnosis. At that time, numbers returned generally to the plateau that we’re calling the peak.

Cases began to decline 21 days after the peak began, on Feb. 19th.

65 days after the lockdown began, Wuhan relaxed to the lockdown: people can leave their homes but are not allowed to leave the city. If all goes well, China plans to reopen Wuhan on April 8th which is 77 days after they first locked down Wuhan.

We’ll learn a lot about our own future when we see how it goes in Wuhan a couple of weeks from now.

Here’s the deal with Italy.

Italy began its regional lockdown on Feb. 21st and it quickly expanded to a widespread national lockdown by March  9th. (source for dates) As I write this, Italy is at day 20 of its lockdown

In the chart below, it appears that Italy began its peak around March 18th, which is 9 days after widespread lockdowns began.

Worldometer’s chart for Italy

If the same pattern as China holds true, infections will decline but still be in peak until April 20th.

Italy could begin to relax its lockdown as of May 13th. If China does indeed completely lift its lockdown on Day 77 and this works well, then the end of Italy’s lockdown could be June 6th.

Again, there are many variables. For example, on March 28th in Italy (yesterday at the time of writing), tensions arose in Italy as the health emergency became a social emergency. People broke the shelter in place orders, threatening to storm supermarkets because they’ve run out of food. Cries for revolution arose throughout social media and many people have said they will not remain at home, and that they’re out of food and basic necessities.

This could, unfortunately, result in a much longer period of infection as people gather in crowds to protest. It could even result in a spike for Italy around March 31-April 1 that would be similar to China’s spike, albeit for a different reason.

What about the US?

First things first – this is not going to be over in two weeks. If the country reopened again next week or the week after while cases are still climbing, everything we’ve done from this point on will have been in vain. We’re in this social distancing business for quite a while if we want it to work.

Our first major lockdowns began on March 19th. Thirty-three states have closed down non-essential businesses or mandated some type of lockdown since that time.

If we base our timing on the pattern of China, the peak would have begun yesterday, March 28th. We should begin to see the curve flattening out on charts within the next few days.

Worldometer’s chart for US

This peak would last through about April 30th and we could see our worst days on April 10th and 11th, depending on whether we have some kind of unusual variables like both China and Italy have had.

On May 23rd, we could see the lockdowns become more relaxed, and if they go 77 days like Wuhan, then the lockdowns would end on June 6th.

It’s important to note that we still don’t know what the aftermath of the lockdown looks like in China. It could end up that they’ll put another lockdown in place if infections begin to reoccur at a high rate. Personally, I don’t plan to rush out to a crowded mall the moment lockdowns are lifted. I want to wait and see what happens after a week or so first.

To provide an example, several hundred movie theaters in China outside the epicenter of the outbreak reopened on March 23rd, then were abruptly ordered to close on March 27th without further explanation.

The reopening of the United States could also be a start-and-stop process as scientists learn more about Covid-19.

This isn’t a short term event. It’s going to get worse.

I’m not the only person who thinks these measures could last for quite some time. According to Michael Snyder, it will be ongoing and we too could expect to see some civil unrest before this is over.

Of course many Americans are already losing patience and are quite eager to get back to work.

If the “shelter-in-place” orders stretch on for months, it is probably inevitable that we will see civil unrest and rioting like we are witnessing in China right now.

Unfortunately, it appears that vast sections of the country will remain shut down for the foreseeable future. (source)

As in China, there are parts of the country that are far less affected than places like New York City and New Orleans. But every single state has diagnosed Covid within its boundaries and none of the country is unscathed by the measures being undertaken to combat the spread.

And despite the steps that Americans have taken to slow this down, we have the unfortunate distinction of surpassing China as the epicenter of the pandemic. On Thursday, March 26th, 17,224 new cases were diagnosed here and on Friday, there were 19,452 new cases.

Unfortunately, the number of new cases is still climbing. We have not seen the worst of this situation yet. People should be prepared for anything from more stringent lockdowns, supply chain interruptions, and potentially even civil unrest in some areas as the situation drags on.

I know these dates and numbers are probably not what you want to hear. It’s only been ten days and for many, it’s practically unimaginable to live like this for 2 more months, stretching into June. The effect on the economy alone is mindblowing, not to mention the feelings of uncertainty, unrest, and even fear that many people are experiencing.

But if you’re anything like me, you’d rather go into this unknown territory facing reality instead of waiting and wondering.

About Daisy

Daisy Luther writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and runs a small digital publishing company. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

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Just like in China Thousands Of COVID-19 Deaths Have Gone Uncounted In The US

Shocking Expose Proves Thousands Of COVID-19 Deaths Have Gone Uncounted In The US: Live Updates

by Tyler Durden 05April2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/new-york-reports-promising-first-drop-covid-19-deaths-hell-week-begins-live-updates
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Bodies are buried in a trench on Hart Island, April 8, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Bodies are buried in a trench on Hart Island, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Update (1445ET): Two reporters from the New York Times purport to have found evidence that health officials, often at the local or county level, are dramatically undercounting coronavirus deaths in the US. Citing information and documents provided by “doctors, hospital officials, public health experts and medical examiners,” among others, the reporters claim that potentially thousands of deaths have gone uncounted, meaning the total is probably closer to 20k – or beyond – than the roughly 10k (9,180, per JHU) reported so far.

Unfortunately, since the patients have died, there will be few – if any – opportunities for these discrepancies to be rectified, if coronavirus isn’t listed as a cause of death, something that requires a positive test.

Given the shortage of tests around the US, living patients have typically been prioritized over the deceased, even as counting posthumous deaths is important in helping officials get the accurate data they need to fight the virus.

A lot of the most compelling anecdotes in the report came from coroners, and from families like this one, per the NYT:

As the coronavirus outbreak began sweeping across the country last month, Julio Ramirez, a 43-year-old salesman in San Gabriel, Calif., came home from a business trip and began feeling unwell, suffering from a fever, cough and body aches. By the next day, he had lost his sense of taste and smell.

His wife, Julie Murillo, took him to an urgent care clinic several days later, where he was so weak he had to be pushed in a wheelchair. Doctors prescribed antibiotics, a cough syrup and gave him a chest X-ray, but they did not test for the coronavirus, she said. Just over a week after he returned from his trip and not long after President Trump declared a national emergency over the outbreak, Ms. Murillo found him dead in his bed.

“I kept trying to get him tested from the beginning,” Ms. Murillo said in an interview. “They told me no.”
Frustrated, Ms. Murillo enlisted friends to call the C.D.C. on her behalf, asking for her husband to be tested for the coronavirus post-mortem. Then she hired a private company to conduct an autopsy; the owner pleaded for a coronavirus test from local and federal authorities.

On Saturday afternoon, Ms. Murillo received a call from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, she said. The health department had gone to the funeral home where her husband’s body was resting and taken a sample for a coronavirus test. He tested positive.

A spokesman for the health department did not respond to questions about Mr. Ramirez, and it was not clear whether any systematic post-mortem testing was being conducted beyond his case.

Even Johns Hopkins University agreed that deaths are almost certainly being undercounted: “We definitely think there are deaths that we have not accounted for,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. JHU has been tracking the virus from the beginning, maintaining an online database that has become one of the most trusted and widely-cited sources of data on deaths and cases by the press around the world.

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Supplies Are Starting To Get Really Tight Nationwide As Food Distribution Systems Break Down

by Tyler Durden 31March2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/health/supplies-are-starting-get-really-tight-nationwide-food-distribution-systems-break-down

Authored by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

All across America, store shelves are emptying and people are becoming increasingly frustrated because they can’t get their hands on needed supplies.

Most Americans are blaming “hoarders” for the current mess, but it is actually much more complicated than that.  Normally, Americans get a lot of their food from restaurants.  In fact, during normal times 36 percent of all Americans eat at a fast food restaurant on any given day.  But now that approximately 75 percent of the U.S. is under some sort of a “shelter-in-place” order and most of our restaurants have shut down, things have completely changed.  Suddenly our grocery stores are being flooded with unexpected traffic, and many people are buying far more than usual in anticipation of a long pandemic.  Unfortunately, our food distribution systems were not designed to handle this sort of a surge, and things are really starting to get crazy out there.

 

I would like to share with you an excerpt from an email that I was sent recently.  It describes the chaos that grocery stores in Utah and Idaho have been experiencing…

When this virus became a problem that we as a nation could see as an imminent threat, Utah, because of its culture of food storage and preparing for disaster events seemed to “get the memo” first. The week of March 8th grocery sales more than doubled in Utah, up 218%. Many states stayed the same with increases in some. Idaho seemed to “get the memo” about four days later. We were out of water and TP four days after Utah. Then we were out of food staples about four days later. Next was produce following a pattern set by Utah four days earlier.

The problem for us in Idaho was this. The stores in Utah were emptied out then refilled twice by the warehouses before it hit Idaho. Many of these Utah stores have trucks delivering daily. So when it did hit Idaho the warehouses had been severely taxed. We had a hard time filling our store back up even one time. We missed three scheduled trucks that week alone. Then orders finally came they were first 50% of the order and have dropped to 20%. In normal circumstances we receive 98% of our orders and no canceled trucks. Now three weeks later, the warehouses in the Western United States have all been taxed. In turn, those warehouses have been taxing the food manufacturers. These food companies have emptied their facilities to fill the warehouses of the Western United States. The East Coast hasn’t seemed to “get the memo” yet. When they do what food will be left to fill their warehouses and grocery stores?

Food distribution and resources for the Eastern United States will be at great peril even if no hoarding there takes place. But of course it will.

Additionally the food culture of the East Coast and other urban areas is such that people keep very little food on hand. They often shop several times weekly for items if they cook at home. They don’t have big freezers full of meat, home canned vegetables in their storage rooms, gardens, or beans, wheat, and rice in buckets in the their basements.

With most of the country locked down, normal economic activity has come to a standstill, and it is going to become increasingly difficult for our warehouses to meet the demand that grocery stores are putting on them.

Meanwhile, our farmers are facing severe problems of their own.  The following comes from CNBC

The U.S.-China trade war sent scores of farmers out of business. Record flooding inundated farmland and destroyed harvests. And a blistering heat wave stunted crop growth in the Midwest.

Now, the coronavirus pandemic has dealt another blow to a vulnerable farm economy, sending crop and livestock prices tumbling and raising concerns about sudden labor shortages.

The chaos in the financial markets is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, and it is going to remain difficult for farm laborers to move around as long as “shelter-in-place” orders remain in effect on the state level.

Iowa farmer Robb Ewoldt told reporter Emma Newburger that “we’ve stopped saying it can’t get worse”, and he says that this coronavirus pandemic looks like it could be “the straw that broke the camel’s back”

“We were already under extreme financial pressure. With the virus sending the prices down — it’s getting to be the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Iowa farmer Robb Ewoldt.

“We were hoping for something good this year, but this virus has stopped all our markets,” he said.

Of course this comes at a time when millions of Americans are losing their jobs and unemployment is shooting up to unthinkable levels.  Without any money coming in, many people are already turning to alternative sources of help in order to feed themselves and their families.

On Monday, hundreds of cars were lined up to get food from a food bank in Duquesne, Pennsylvania.  To many, this was eerily reminiscent of the “bread lines” during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Andrew Rush tweet 30March2020 Hundreds of cars wait to receive food from the Greater Community Food Bank in Duquesne. Collection begins at noon. @PghFoodBank @PittsburghPG

And it is also being reported that the number of people coming for free meals on Skid Row in Los Angeles has tripled since that city was locked down.

Sadly, these examples are likely only the tip of the iceberg of what we will see in the months ahead.

And it won’t just be the U.S. that is hurting.  The following comes from a Guardian article entitled “Coronavirus measures could cause global food shortage, UN warns”

Kazakhstan, for instance, according to a report from Bloomberg, has banned exports of wheat flour, of which it is one of the world’s biggest sources, as well as restrictions on buckwheat and vegetables including onions, carrots and potatoes. Vietnam, the world’s third biggest rice exporter, has temporarily suspended rice export contracts. Russia, the world’s biggest wheat exporter, may also threaten to restrict exports, as it has done before, and the position of the US is in doubt given Donald Trump’s eagerness for a trade war in other commodities.

If this pandemic stretches on for an extended period of time, food supplies are inevitably going to get even tighter.

So what can you do?

Well, perhaps you can start a garden this year if you don’t normally grow one.  Apparently this pandemic has sparked a tremendous amount of interest in gardening programs around the country…

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are showing an interest in starting home gardens. Oregon State University‘s (OSU) Master Gardener program took notice of the growing interest.

To help citizens who want to grow their own food, the university kindly made their online vegetable gardening course free until the end of April. OSU’s post on Facebook has been shared over 21,000 times.

Food is only going to get more expensive from here on out, and growing your own food is a way to become more independent of the system.

But if you don’t have any seeds right now, you may want to hurry, because consumer demand is spiking

“It’s the largest volume of orders we have seen,” said Jere Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Mansfield, Missouri. Peak seed-buying season for home gardeners is January to March, but the normal end-of-season decline in orders isn’t happening.

Customers are gravitating to vegetables high in nutrients, such as kale, spinach and other quick-to-grow leafy greens. “Spinach is off the charts,” said Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms of Kitchen Garden Seeds in Bantam, Connecticut.

For years, I have been warning people to get prepared for “the perfect storm” that was coming, but of course most people didn’t listen.

But now it is upon us.

Desperate people have been running out to the grocery stores to stock up on toilet paper only to find that they are limited to one or two packages if it is even available.

And now that “panic buying” of seeds has begun, it is probably only a matter of time before many stores start running out.

We have reached a major turning point in our history, and things are only going to get crazier.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans still have absolutely no idea what is ahead of us…

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Grocers Begin to Stockpile and Build ‘Pandemic Pallets’ To Prepare For Winter Surge of COVID Cases

Sep 27, 2020 https://endtimeheadlines.org/2020/09/grocers-begin-to-stockpile-and-build-pandemic-pallets-to-prepare-for-winter-surge-of-covid-cases/

(ETH) – Grocery stores and food companies are reportedly preparing for what could be a coming increase in sales amid a new rise in Covid-19 cases and the coming Holidays.

 

According to the Wallstreet Journal, Supermarkets have already begun stockpiling groceries and storing them early to prepare for the coming fall and winter months, when some health experts are now warning the country could possibly face another widespread outbreak of coronavirus cases and new restrictions.
 

The report went on to state that Food companies have already begun accelerating production of their most popular items, and leaders across the industry are indicating that they will not be caught unprepared in the face of such an event.  The report comes as New York cases have now topped one thousand for the first time since early June and New U.S. cases have reportedly crept above the pace of recent days.

 

According to MSN News, Amid a surge in the Midwest, Minnesota has surpassed 2,000 deaths as Wisconsin and South Dakota reached a record number of cases and North Dakota just posted its second-highest number of cases as hospitals warned they were filling up. A new report from Reuters is stating that the number of tests returning positive for COVID-19 is topping 25% in several states across the U.S. Midwest as cases and hospitalizations also surge in the region.
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Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients

Worry that ‘all hands’ responses may expose doctors and nurses to infection prompts debate about prioritizing the survival of the many over the one

By Ariana Eunjung Cha 26March2020 https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/25/coronavirus-patients-do-not-resucitate/

JerusalemCats Comments: This is Disaster or Battlefield Triage

This triage system involves a color-coding scheme using red, yellow, green, white, and black tags:

  • Red tags – (immediate) are used to label those who cannot survive without immediate treatment but who have a chance of survival.
  • Yellow tags – (observation) for those who require observation (and possible later re-triage). Their condition is stable for the moment and, they are not in immediate danger of death. These victims will still need hospital care and would be treated immediately under normal circumstances.
  • Green tags – (wait) are reserved for the “walking wounded” who will need medical care at some point, after more critical injuries have been treated.
  • White tags – (dismiss) are given to those with minor injuries for whom a doctor’s care is not required.
  • Black tags – (expectant) are used for the deceased and for those whose injuries are so extensive that they will not be able to survive given the care that is available.

 

Hospitals on the front lines of the pandemic are engaged in a heated private debate over a calculation few have encountered in their lifetimes — how to weigh the “save at all costs” approach to resuscitating a dying patient against the real danger of exposing doctors and nurses to the contagion of coronavirus.

The conversations are driven by the realization that the risk to staff amid dwindling stores of protective equipment — such as masks, gowns and gloves — may be too great to justify the conventional response when a patient “codes,” and their heart or breathing stops.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago has been discussing a do-not-resuscitate policy for infected patients, regardless of the wishes of the patient or their family members — a wrenching decision to prioritize the lives of the many over the one.

Richard Wunderink, one of Northwestern’s intensive-care medical directors, said hospital administrators would have to ask Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker for help in clarifying state law and whether it permits the policy shift.

“It’s a major concern for everyone,” he said. “This is something about which we have had lots of communication with families, and I think they are very aware of the grave circumstances.”

Officials at George Washington University Hospital in the District say they have had similar conversations, but for now will continue to resuscitate covid-19 patients using modified procedures, such as putting plastic sheeting over the patient to create a barrier. The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, one of the country’s major hot spots for infections, is dealing with the problem by severely limiting the number of responders to a contagious patient in cardiac or respiratory arrest.

Several large hospital systems — Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Geisinger in Pennsylvania and regional Kaiser Permanente networks — are looking at guidelines that would allow doctors to override the wishes of the coronavirus patient or family members on a case-by-case basis due to the risk to doctors and nurses, or a shortage of protective equipment, say ethicists and doctors involved in those conversations. But they would stop short of imposing a do-not-resuscitate order on every coronavirus patient. The companies declined to comment.

Lewis Kaplan, president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a University of Pennsylvania surgeon, described how colleagues at different institutions are sharing draft policies to address their changed reality.

“We are now on crisis footing,” he said. “What you take as first-come, first-served, no-holds-barred, everything-that-is-available-should-be-applied medicine is not where we are. We are now facing some difficult choices in how we apply medical resources — including staff.”

The new protocols are part of a larger rationing of lifesaving procedures and equipment — including ventilators — that is quickly becoming a reality here as in other parts of the world battling the virus. The concerns are not just about health-care workers getting sick but also about them potentially carrying the virus to other patients in the hospital.

R. Alta Charo, a University of Wisconsin-Madison bioethicist, said that while the idea of withholding treatments may be unsettling, especially in a country as wealthy as ours, it is pragmatic. “It doesn’t help anybody if our doctors and nurses are felled by this virus and not able to care for us,” she said. “The code process is one that puts them at an enhanced risk.”

Wunderink said all of the most critically ill patients in the 12 days since they had their first coronavirus case have experienced steady declines rather than a sudden crash. That allowed medical staff to talk with families about the risk to workers and how having to put on protective gear delays a response and decreases the chance of saving someone’s life.

A consequence of those conversations, he said, is that many family members are making the difficult choice to sign do-not-resuscitate orders.

Code blue

Health-care providers are bound by oath — and in some states, by law — to do everything they can within the bounds of modern technology to save a patient’s life, absent an order, such as a DNR, to do otherwise. But as cases mount amid a national shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, hospitals are beginning to implement emergency measures that will either minimize, modify or completely stop the use of certain procedures on patients with covid-19.

Some of the most anxiety-provoking minutes in a health-care worker’s day involve participating in procedures that send virus-laced droplets from a patient’s airways all over the room.

These include endoscopies, bronchoscopies and other procedures in which tubes or cameras are sent down the throat and are routine in ICUs to look for bleeds or examine the inside of the lungs.

Changing or eliminating those protocols is likely to decrease some patients’ chances for survival. But hospital administrators and doctors say the measures are necessary to save the most lives.

The most extreme of these situations is when a patient, in hospital lingo, “codes.”

When a code blue alarm is activated, it signals that a patient has gone into cardiopulmonary arrest and typically all available personnel — usually somewhere around eight but sometimes as many as 30 people — rush into the room to begin live-saving procedures without which the person would almost certainly perish.

“It’s extremely dangerous in terms of infection risk because it involves multiple bodily fluids,” explained one ICU physician in the Midwest, who did not want her name used because she was not authorized to speak by her hospital.

Fred Wyese, an ICU nurse in Muskegon, Mich., describes it like a storm:

A team of nurses and doctors, trading off every two minutes, begin the chest compressions that are part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. Someone punctures the neck and arms to access blood vessels to put in new intravenous lines. Someone else grabs a “crash cart” stocked with a variety of lifesaving medications and equipment ranging from epinephrine injectors to a defibrillator to restart the heart.

As soon as possible, a breathing tube will be placed down the throat and the person will be hooked up to a mechanical ventilator. Even in the best of times, a patient who is coding presents an ethical maze; there’s often no clear cut answer for when there’s still hope and when it’s too late.

In the process, heaps of protective equipment is used — often many dozens of gloves, gowns, masks, and more.

Bruno Petinaux, chief medical officer at George Washington University Hospital, said the hospital has had a lot of discussion about how — and whether — to resuscitate covid-19 patients who are coding.

“From a safety perspective you can make the argument that the safest thing is to do nothing,” he said. “I don’t believe that is necessarily the right approach. So we have decided not to go in that direction. What we are doing is what can be done safely.”

However, he said, the decision comes down to a hospital’s resources and “every hospital has to assess and evaluate for themselves.” It’s still early in the outbreak in the Washington area, and GW still has sufficient equipment and manpower. Petinaux said he cannot rule out a change in protocol if things get worse.

GW’s procedure for responding to coronavirus patients who are coding includes using a machine called a Lucas device, which looks like a bumper, to deliver chest compressions. But the hospital has only two. If the Lucas devices are not readily accessible, doctors and nurses have been told to drape plastic sheeting — the 7-mil kind available at Home Depot or Lowe’s — over the patient’s body to minimize the spread of droplets and then proceed with chest compressions. Because the patient would presumably be on a ventilator, there is no risk of suffocation.

In Washington state which had the nation’s first covid-19 cases, UW Medicine’s chief medical officer, Tim Dellit, said the decision to send in fewer doctors and nurses to help a coding patient is about “minimizing use of PPE as we go into the surge.” He said the hospital is monitoring health-care workers’ health closely. So far, the percentage of infections among those tested is less than in the general population, which, he hopes, means their precautions are working.

‘It is a nightmare’

Bioethicist Scott Halpern at the University of Pennsylvania is the author of one widely circulated model guideline being considered by many hospitals. In an interview, he said a blanket stop to resuscitations for infected patients is too “draconian” and may end up sacrificing a young person who is otherwise in good health. However, health-care workers and limited protective equipment cannot be ignored.

“If we risk their well-being in service of one patient, we detract from the care of future patients, which is unfair,” he said.

Halpern’s document calls for two physicians, the one directly taking care of a patient and one who is not, to sign off on do-not-resuscitate orders. They must document the reason for the decision, and the family must be informed but does not have to agree.

Wyese, the Michigan ICU nurse, said his own hospital has been thinking about these issues for years but still is unprepared.
“They made us do all kinds of mandatory education and fittings and made it sound like they are prepared,” he said. “But when it hits the fan, they don’t have the supplies so the plans they had in place aren’t working.”

Over the weekend, Wyese said, a suspected covid-19 patient was rushed in and put into a negative pressure room to prevent the virus spread. In normal times, a nurse in full hazmat-type gear would sit with the patient to care for him, but there was little equipment to spare. So Wyese had to monitor him from the outside. Before he walked inside, he said, he would have to put on a face shield, N95 mask, and other equipment and slather antibacterial foam on his bald head as the hospital did not have any more head coverings. Only one powered air-purifying respirator or PAPR was available for the room and others nearby that could be used when performing an invasive procedure — but it was 150 feet away.

While he said his hospital’s policy still called for a full response to patients whose heart or breathing stopped, he worried any efforts would be challenging, if not futile.

“By the time you get all gowned up and double-gloved the patient is going to be dead,” he said. “We are going to be coding dead people. It is a nightmare.”
Ben Guarino in New York and Desmond Butler contributed to this report.

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“No Hope”: Canada’s Nursing Homes Prepare For Mass Death

by Tyler Durden05April2020 – https://www.zerohedge.com/health/no-hope-canadas-nursing-homes-prepare-mass-death

Nursing homes in Canada have been instructed by health officials to ‘keep seniors comfortable’ if they contract COVID-19 and not take them to the hospital due to their high mortality rate, according to Canada’s Global News.

 

They’re treating it like a hospice, like there’s no hope like they have stage four brain cancer and they just have to keep them comfortable because there’s nothing they can do,” said Tanya Bartley, whose grandmother died last month at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ontario – where 22 residents have died and 1/3 of the staff are in isolation due to coronavirus.

Community shaken by COVID-19 deaths at Pinecrest Nursing Home

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“They don’t play god. Everybody is the same. I don’t care if it’s a two-year-old, a 10-year-old, a 20-year-old, middle-aged, elderly. I don’t care,” Bartley added.

One dementia-stricken resident, Edna Bowers, was one such coronavirus victim who was treated at the home and not transferred to the hospital.

In a March 23 letter seen by Global News, Dr. Allan Bell – medical director and chief of emergency medicine at Quinte Health Care (QHC) in Belleville, Ontario, outlines suggestions on how long-term care administrators should prepare for potential COVID-19 outbreaks in their facilities.

“Having this conversation pre-emptively is very important. It gives families time to digest the information when they are not in a crisis situation and, should an outbreak happen, it is difficult to manage all of the conversations at once,” reads the letter in part, while also recommending against hospital visits – citing a shortage of medical options for frail patients.

Our critical care colleagues are of the strong opinion that ventilator treatment will not make a survival difference to patients who are frail and ventilator support is very unlikely to be offered,” the letter continues “for those residents who go on to develop respiratory failure, care needs to focus on the provision of comfort to ease suffering at the end of life.”

When reached by Global News for comment, Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliott said she was unaware of the guidelines – adding that nobody would be denied care in an ER.

“If people are ill enough that they have to go to hospital of course they will be transported to hospital. If they’re showing symptoms of COVID-19, they’ve been diagnosed with it but they can be maintained in self-isolation within the home; we’ll do that too but no one is going to be denied health care if they need it,” she said.

Elliott says no patient has been “blocked” from hospitals, adding: “If they need to be taken there they will be taken there.

It’s unclear where the directive came from, as several complainants came forward to Global News with similar experiences.

One family in southwestern Ontario says their loved one was asked to sign a waiver agreeing to remain at the long-term care home she resides at in the event of an outbreak. –Global News

According to health officials, residents of long-term care homes are being screened twice daily and are subject to more intense screening in order to try and limit the spread of the virus.

New England Journal Paper, Death rates in care homes

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Click to download PDF file Click to Download the paper Epidemiology of Covid-19 in a Long-Term Care Facility in King County, Washington
NEJM 27 (March 2020)
Epidemiology of Covid-19 in a Long-Term Care Facility in King County, Washington
BACKGROUND
Risks, age, comorbidities, health care workers
METHODS
CDC, contact tracing, quarantine, isolation of confirmed and suspected cases, enhancement of infection control.
RESULTS
167 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 101 residents, 50 health care personnel, 16 visitors
7 residents asymptomatic
Hospitalization rates;
For residents = 54.5% with a CFR = 34% (34 of 101)
For staff = 50.0%
For visitors = 6.0%

As of March 18th, 30 care facilities with at least one confirmed case of Covid-19 had been identified in King County.

CONCLUSIONS
Proactive steps
Exclude potentially infected staff and visitors
Actively monitor for potentially infected patients
Implement infection control measures

INDEX CASE
19 Feb became symptomatic
She had no known travel or contact with persons known to have Covid-19

Computed tomographic (CT), diffuse bilateral pulmonary infiltrates.

PMH, insulin-dependent type II diabetes mellitus, obesity, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure.

Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs and a sputum specimen to test for SARS-CoV-2 28 feb, positive result

2 march, patient died on March 2, 2020.
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Study: 55% of coronavirus cases in long-term care facilities in Maryland were ASYMPTOMATIC at the time of testing

27July2020 by: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-07-27-majority-of-coronavirus-cases-in-maryland-were-asymptomatic.html<

(Natural News) More than half of nursing home residents in Maryland that have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) did not have any symptoms at the time of testing.

According to a report by the The New York Times, more than 40 percent of coronavirus-related fatalities in the United States have come from long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, memory care facilities, assisted-living facilities, rehabilitation centers and retirement and senior communities.

Because these facilities have emerged as coronavirus hotspots, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) set out to determine how the deadly virus was able to spread largely undetected through these institutions.

“My thought in doing this is that we had an opportunity in the nursing home setting to be South Korea – to provide widespread testing, really identify the burden of disease and then try to isolate based on that,” said Morgan Katz, one of the authors of the study and an assistant professor of medicine at JHU’s School of Medicine.

Katz and her colleagues decided to study nine nursing homes and two assisted-living facilities in Maryland that had confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Initially, these facilities had 153 cases that were identified through targeted, symptom-based testing. When the researchers tested the remaining 893 residents, they found an additional 354 cases of COVID-19, which meant that more than half of the residents in these 11 long-term care facilities had the coronavirus.

According to the study, around 55 percent of all the infected residents were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Many of these positive residents developed serious illnesses soon afterward.

Katz’s team followed up on seven of the facilities after two weeks and found that 20 of the 154 then-asymptomatic patients required hospitalization, while seven passed away due to COVID-19 complications.

Katz believes their research highlights the necessity of following the guidelines set by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which require all residents and staff members of nursing homes to be tested if even one positive case is found. Unfortunately, the federal government only requires facilities to report infections and deaths and does nothing but offer recommendations on how often they should conduct COVID-19 tests on their residents.

Many states have different policies on testing nursing home workers, and some states like California are beginning to reopen even their nursing homes to allow visitors to come and go. Katz believes that this policy reduces the efficacy of one-time baseline testing, and what these facilities need are “on-site tests with rapid turnaround times so they really can respond immediately to any potential outbreaks.” (Related: Cuomo claims nursing home outbreaks spread by workers, not his directive that FORCED facilities to bring in more coronavirus patients.)

Watch this episode of Brighteon Conversations with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, as he has a very engaging and illuminating discussion with Dr. Paul Cottrell about a new strain of the Wuhan coronavirus known as “D614G,” which spreads a lot more easily than older variants of COVID-19.

Dr. Paul Cottrell warns of new coronavirus mutation that spreads more easily

One Maryland nursing home able to repel the coronavirus by acting quickly and locking down the facility

While many long-term care institutions in Maryland have to deal with rising COVID-19 cases within their facilities, the Maryland Baptist Aged Home in Baltimore has not reported a single case of infection since the beginning of the outbreak in America.

The head of the facility, Rev. Derrick DeWitt, said that the key to his nursing home’s success was early mitigation, and the application of proactive protocols that prevented the coronavirus from entering. Back in February when the U.S. only had around 15 cases, the nursing home sprung into action before the rest of the country even began locking down.

On March 1, the nursing home went into a full lockdown. Visitors were not allowed to enter the facility, and they instituted a very thorough, rigorous screening process for their employees, which included providing the facility with the details of where the workers were during their time off, the regular taking of body temperatures and the wearing of protective gear – masks, gowns and gloves – whenever they had to come into contact with any of the home’s residents.

Maryland Baptist also benefited from the fact that DeWitt hired a full-time quality assurance and infection control nurse who set up many of the anti-coronavirus measures the facility greatly benefited from.

Lastly, DeWitt cared for the emotional well-being of his residents by bringing in extra activity staff who made sure that the residents had visitors to interact with on a daily basis. He even hired a chef who came to help his staff prepare the residents’ meals and make them more pleasing.

The story of Maryland Baptist and Rev. DeWitt’s quick response to the pandemic shows how institutions can keep the coronavirus outside of their walls.

Maryland Baptist’s success is a bright spot in the otherwise bleak events that have affected nursing homes all across the country. According to The New York Times, at least 296,000 residents in long-term care facilities have contracted the coronavirus, and 55,000 have died.

If long-term care facilities learn from Maryland Baptist’s example and apply Katz’s recommendation to conduct regular and rapid COVID-19 testing on nursing home employees and residents, future fatalities in many nursing homes could be prevented.

Learn about how other institutions are fighting back against the coronavirus by reading the articles at Pandemic.news.

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Bombshell plea from NYC ICU doctor: COVID-19 is a condition of oxygen deprivation, not pneumonia… VENTILATORS may be causing the lung damage, not the virus

04April2020 by: Mike Adams https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-04-04-nyc-icu-doctor-covid-19-oxygen-deprivation-not-pneumonia-ventilators.html

(Natural News) A NYC physician named Cameron Kyle-Sidell has posted two videos on YouTube, pleading for health practitioners to recognize that COVID-19 is not a pneumonia-like disease at all. It’s an oxygen deprivation condition, and the use of ventilators may be doing more harm than good with some patients. The ventilators themselves, due to the high-pressure methods they are running, may be damaging the lungs and leading to widespread harm of patients.

Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell describes himself as an “ER and critical care doctor” for NYC. “In these nine days I have seen things I have never seen before,” he says. Before publishing his video, we confirmed that Dr. Kyle-Sidell is an emergency medicine physician in Brooklyn and is affiliated with the Maimonides Medical Center located in Brooklyn.

In his video (see below), he goes on to warn the world that the entire approach to treating COVID-19 may be incorrect, and that the disease is something completely different from what the dogmatic medical establishment is claiming.

“In treating these patients, I have witnessed medical phenomena that just don’t make sense in the context of treating a disease that is supposed to be a viral pneumonia,” he explains.

He talks about how he opened a critical care using expecting to be treating patients with a viral pneumonia infection that would progress into Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). But that the disease acted nothing like ARDS. “This is the paradigm that every hospital in the country is working under,” he warns. “And yet, everything I’ve seen in the last nine days, all the things that just don’t make sense, the patients I’m seeing in front of me, the lungs I’m trying to improve, have led me to believe that COVID-19 is not this disease, and that we are operating under a medical paradigm that is untrue.”

More from Dr. Kyle-Sidell: (emphasis added)

In short, I believe we are treating the wrong disease, and I fear that this misguided treatment will lead to a tremendous amount of harm to a great number of people in a very short time… I feel compelled to give this information out.

COVID-19 lung disease, as far as I can see, is not a pneumonia and should not be treated as one. Rather, it appears as if some kind of viral-induced disease most resembling high altitude sickness. Is it as if tens of thousands of my fellow New Yorkers are on a plane at 30,000 feet at the cabin pressure is slowly being let out. These patients are slowly being starved of oxygen.

And while [patients] absolutely look like patients on the brink of death, they do not look like patients dying from pneumonia… I suspect that the patients I’m seeing in front of me, look as if a person was dropped off on the top of Mt. Everest without time to acclimate.

He goes on to explain that ventilators, in some cases, may be doing far more harm than good.

When we treat people with ARDS, we typically use ventilators to treat respiratory failure. But these patients’ muscles work fine. I fear that if we are using a false paradigm to treat a new disease, then the method that we program [into] the ventilator, one based on respiratory failure as opposed to oxygen failure, that this method being widely adopted … aims to increase pressure on the lungs in order to open them up, is actually doing more harm than good, and that the pressure we are providing to lungs, we may be providing to lungs that cannot take it. And that the ARDS that we are seeing, may be nothing more than lung injury caused by the ventilator.

There are hundreds of thousands of lungs in this country at risk.

In other words, the real disease appears to cause oxygen deprivation in victims, not pneumonia. This is critically important for all the obvious reasons, and it raises huge questions about the origins of the coronavirus and whether there is some additional external factor beyond the virus that may be causing a combined effect that results in severe oxygen deprivation.

FROM NYC ICU: DOES COVID-19 REALLY CAUSE ARDS??!!

Cameron Kyle-Sidell 31March2020
I am a physician who has been working at the bedside of COVID+ patients in NYC. I believe we are treating the wrong disease and that we must change what we are doing if we want to save as many lives as possible. I welcome any feedback, especially from those bedside: doctors, nurses, xray techs, pharmacists, anyone and everyone. Does this sound wrong or right, is something more right? Please let me know. @cameronks

Comments: Adriane C 04April2020
TY-I posted this on my FB and am sharing with all the pulmonologists I know. You are spot on. Many of us nurses have had similar questions. Why is Vent to death rate nearly 2x faster with this than pneumonia? This is what I posted on my FB w your video. Please please keep talking – everyone please keep talking and being public. Doctors and nurses are the ones who will raise public awareness and create change and save lives. Nobody else. Seriously we are on our own. Our union nurses have been making the news daily. We need to continue to take over Social media and the news and use the public trust to advance care of our patients and protection for us (need PPE) and our families.

This is NOT pneumonia. I 100% agree with him. There’s no other answer to the poor response and rapid decline with “traditional” treatment regimens. Please get this video out to all providers-especially ICU-Critical Care Providers-Pulmonologists- Infection Disease doctors. There has to be a different paradigm. Steroid use must be questioned. Suppression of febrile state must be questioned? Why not allow the immune response to run its course up to 40C? Pay attention to ACE2 receptor and microbiology of it’s actions and role. Check out Med Cram or John Campbell on Youtube as well. They speak to the same questions. We are all learning and this is something totally new.”

Watch this second video where he begs the world to recognize that the ventilator protocols are not working and must be changed.

From this second video:

We don’t know where we’re going. We are putting breathing tubes in people and putting them on ventilators and dialing up the pressure to open their lungs. I’ve talked to doctors all around the country and it is becoming increasingly clear that the pressure we are providing may be hurting their lungs. That it is highly likely that the high pressures we are using are damaging the lungs of the patients we are putting breathing tubes in… we are running the ventilators in the wrong way…. COVID-19 patients need oxygen, they do not need pressure.

FROM NYC DOC: SHOULD COVID-19 VENTILATOR PROTOCALS BE CHANGED!!!

Cameron Kyle-Sidell 01April2020
Patients need OXYGEN NOT PRESSURE!!! The ventilators may be causing lung damage because of PRESSURE. Needs to be immediately investigated. 100,000 – 250,000 Americans at risk of lung injury. Change can happen. The time is NOW!! #oxygennotpressure #thetimeisnow
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Overreliance on ventilators led to coronavirus deaths, study shows

06June2020 by: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-06-06-overreliance-on-ventilators-coronavirus-deaths.html

(Natural News) The use of ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients has come under scrutiny after a new study stated that the devices may be doing more harm than good.

The study, published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, said that mechanical ventilation can damage the lungs of COVID-19 patients, especially those who are elderly or have severe symptoms. This means that healthcare professionals will have to re-evaluate their reliance on ventilators for these patients and stop being so quick to intubate.

“This is one of the first coherent, comprehensive, and reasonably clear discussions of the pathophysiology of Covid-19 in the lungs that I’ve seen,” said Dr. Muriel Gillick, a palliative care physician at Harvard Medical School who was not involved with the study. Gillick was among the experts who questioned the effectiveness of ventilators in COVID-19 patients, according to STAT.

High-pressure oxygen damages the lungs

The reason why intubation and mechanical ventilation damages the lungs of very ill and elderly patients could be down to a poorly understood function of the disease, which behaves differently than other respiratory illnesses.

The lungs of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms are often covered with thick mucus. This prevents the lungs from being able to absorb oxygen, even with the use of a ventilator.

In addition, unlike other types of pneumonia, the areas of lung damage in COVID-19 patients often sit right next to healthy tissue. When large volumes of oxygen-rich air are forced into the elastic at high pressures, it can lead to what the study calls “ventilator-induced injury.” These injuries include leaks, inflammation and blood clots in the lungs.

“Invasive ventilation can be lifesaving, but can also damage the lung,” co-author Marcus Schultz told STAT.

Patients with low levels of blood oxygen don’t necessarily require ventilation

Most healthcare professionals tend to use hypoxemia — having abnormally low levels of oxygen in the blood — as a sign that a patient needs mechanical ventilation. But, as the researchers pointed out, equating hypoxemia to the need for a ventilator can lead healthcare workers astray.

While the team agrees that a patient who is clearly struggling to breathe should be intubated, they noted that hypoxemia in COVID-19 patients manifests differently than with other diseases like other forms of pneumonia or sepsis.

For non-COVID-19 patients exhibiting hypoxemia, they often gasp for air and can barely speak. However, coronavirus patients — even those with blood oxygen levels at 80 percent or lower — can speak full sentences without getting winded. In addition, these patients don’t show the usual signs of respiratory distress associated with hypoxemia. For comparison, normal blood oxygen levels are in the high 90s.

“In our personal experience, hypoxemia … is often remarkably well tolerated by Covid-19 patients,” the researchers wrote. “The trigger for intubation should, within certain limits, probably not be based on hypoxemia but more on respiratory distress and fatigue.”

Without any signs of distress, the researchers state that the blood oxygen levels of coronavirus patients don’t need to be raised above 88 percent. This is a much lower level than in other causes of pneumonia.

University of California, San Francisco’s Phil Rosenthal, editor of the journal, agreed with the researchers, stating that it was important to highlight “aspects of COVID-19 that differ from other diseases that require respiratory support.” He said that recognizing the difference in how COVID-19 patients respond to low blood oxygen levels compared to patients of other illnesses “may allow physicians to avoid intubation/ventilator support in some patients.”

There is a growing recognition that coronavirus patients, even those with a severe lung infection, can be treated safely with simple face masks and nose prongs that deliver oxygen. The former include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks often used for patients with sleep apnea, or biphasic positive airway pressure masks (BiPAP) used for those with congestive heart failure. CPAP can also be delivered using hood or helmets, reducing the risk that the patient will expel large quantities of the virus into the air and endanger healthcare workers and other patients.

In addition, in the face of ventilator shortages, switching to CPAP and BiPAP masks can allow healthcare systems to keep ventilators in reserve for those patients who do need them.

Visit Pandemic.news to learn more about COVID-19.

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Coronavirus hijacks immune cells to create cytokine storms, says new study

27May2020 by: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-05-27-coronavirus-hijacks-immune-cells-to-create-cytokine-storms.html

(Natural News) Scientists continue to be baffled by the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), especially how it “hijacks” certain cells of the body. A new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai suggests that SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus strain behind the current pandemic – can inhibit one virus-fighting set of genes but allow another set to launch – a pattern not seen with other viruses.

For Benjamin tenOever, a virus expert at Mount Sinai and the senior author of the study, this behavior is something he has not seen in his 20 years of studying viruses. Other viruses, like the flu virus and the original SARS virus, interfere with two sets of genes in the body’s immune response: The one that prevents viruses from replicating and the other that recruits immune cells to the infection site to kill viruses.

The first group of genes, which tenOever dubs “call to arms genes,” produces interferons, which are proteins that interfere with the virus’s ability to replicate. These proteins are important modulators of the immune response. Once interferons are released, they serve as a signal to nearby cells to activate their own genes. This slows down the virus’s ability to make copies of itself if it invades them. According to tenOever, this process lasts anywhere between seven to 10 days, which is plenty of time for the second group of genes to do their job.

The second group of genes produces chemokines, which are small proteins that emit a biochemical “come here!” alarm. TenOever calls these “call for reinforcement” genes, on account that other immune cells – like the antibody-making B cells and the virus-killing T cells – rush to chemokine sources once they sense the alarm.

“Most other viruses interfere with some aspect of both the call to arms and the call for reinforcements,” tenOever added. “If they didn’t, no one would ever get a viral illness.”

SARS-CoV-2, however, behaves differently. It prevents the first group of genes from producing interferons that can slow its replication but allows the second group of genes to secrete chemokines. This not only allows the virus to multiply unchecked, but it also causes immune cells to flood the lungs. The result is a storm of inflammatory molecules in the affected organ, which tenOever calls a unique and aberrant consequence of SARS-CoV-2.

When your immunity turns against you

TenOever and his team examined healthy lung cells growing in lab dishes, ferrets (which they called an appropriate animal model for SARS-CoV-2 infections) and lung cells from coronavirus patients. Within three days of infection, the team found a mild response from the “call to arms” genes that inhibit replication and a large introduction of the “call for reinforcement” genes.

“Basically people are contracting the disease, SARS-CoV-2 enters the lungs and it begins to replicate and, at that site of replication, those cells that are infected, they don’t do a good job of spreading the word about their infection which allows it to essentially fester in the lungs,” tenOever explained.

Without interferons, the virus is free to infect other cells and replicate much faster, all while cells in the area continue to call for reinforcements. But by the time the reinforcements arrive, the virus has grown out of control. The presence of large amounts of immune cells, on the other hand, triggers uncontrolled levels of inflammation, which does nothing but induce more inflammation.

This could explain why people with COVID-19 experience “cytokine storms” in which the body attacks its own cells and tissues instead of just the virus. (Related: Study: Vitamin D deficiency found to increase the risk of fatal coronavirus infections and a deadly “cytokine storm.”)

According to tenOever, their findings point to two methods of treatment. For patients who have just started developing symptoms, he says that therapy should focus on inducing the missing “call to arms” genes, so the virus can behave similarly to that of the flu. But for those with severe symptoms, he says that reducing inflammation and the risk of cytokine storms will be beneficial.

TenOever and his team’s findings were published last week in the journal Cell.

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Lancet Issues Major Disclaimer On Anti-HCQ Study, As Manufactured Disinformation Foments Hysterics

by Tyler Durden 02June2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/exposing-manufactured-disinformation-enabling-hydroxychloroquine-hysterics

The Lancet has issued a major disclaimer regarding a study which prompted the World Health Organization to halt global trials of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an anti-Malaria drug currently being used around the world to treat COVID-19.

As we noted last week, major data discrepancies have called the entire study into question – though the lead author says it does not change the study’s findings that patients who received HCQ died at higher rates and experienced more cardiac complications than without.

Until the data has been audited, The Lancet issued the following “expression of concern” regarding the study.

“Important scientific questions have been raised about data reported in the paper by Mandeep Mehra et al,” reads the “expression of concern” from The Lancet.

“Although an independent audit of the provenance and validity of the data has been commissioned by the authors not affiliated with Surgisphere and is ongoing, with results expected very shortly, we are issuing an Expression of Concern to alert readers to the fact that serious scientific questions have been brought to our attention. We will update this notice as soon as we have further information.”

-The Lancet

Of course, this is yet more evidence of the manufactured disinformation surrounding HCQ that Richard Moss, MD, (via AmericanThinker.com)  exposes below…

I took hydroxychloroquine for two years.  A long time ago as a visiting cancer surgeon in Asia, in Thailand, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.  From 1987 to 1990.  Malaria is rife there.  I took it for prophylaxis, 400 milligrams once a week for two years.  Never had any trouble.  It was inexpensive and effective.

I started it two weeks before and was supposed to continue it through my stay and four weeks after returning.  But I stopped it after two years.  I was worried about potential side effects of which there are many, as with all drugs right down to Tylenol and aspirin.  These, however, are rare.  At a certain point, I was prepared to take my chances with mosquitoes and plasmodium, and so I stopped.

Chloroquine, the precursor of HCQ, was invented by Bayer in 1934.  Hydroxychloroquine was developed during World War II as a safer, synthetic alternative and approved for medical use in the U.S. in 1955.

The World Health Organization considers it an essential medicine, among the safest and most effective medicines, a staple of any healthcare system.  In 2017, US doctors prescribed it 5 million times, the 128th most commonly prescribed drug in the country.  There have been hundreds of millions of prescriptions worldwide since its inception.  It is one of the cheapest and best drugs in the world and has saved millions of lives.  Doctors also prescribe it for Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis patients who may consume it for their lifetimes with few or no ill effects.

Then something happened to this wonder drug.

Hydroxychloroquine

From savior of the multitudes, redeemer and benefactor of hundreds of millions, it transformed into something else: a purveyor of doom, despair, and unspeakable carnage.

Hydroxychloroquine and Trump

It began when President Trump discussed it as a possible treatment for COVID-19 on March 19, 2020.  The gates of hell burst forth on May 18 when Trump casually announced that he was taking it, prescribed by his physician. 

Attacks on Trump and this otherwise harmless little molecule poured in.  The heretofore respected, commonly used, and highly effective medicinal became a major threat to life, a nefarious and wicked chemical that could alter critical heart rhythms, resulting in sudden cataclysmic death for unsuspecting innocents.  Trump, more than irresponsible, was evil incarnate for daring to even mention it.  While at it, the salivating media trotted out the canard about Trump’s nonrecommendation for injecting Clorox and Lysol or drinking fish-tank cleaner to combat COVID.  It was Charlottesville all over again. 

Before a nation of non-cardiologists, the media agonized over, of all things, the prolongation of the now infamous “QT interval,” and the risk of sudden cardiac death.  The FDA and NIH piled on, piously demanding randomized, controlled, double-blind studies before physicians prescribed HCQ.  No one mentioned that the risk of cardiac arrest was far higher from watching the Superbowl. Nor did the media declare that HCQ and chloroquine have been used throughout the world for half a century, making them among the most widely prescribed drugs in history with not a single reported case of “arrhythmic death” according to the sainted WHO and the American College of Cardiology.  Or that physicians in the field, on the frontlines, so to speak, based on empirical evidence, have found benefit in treating patients with a variety of agents including HCQZincAzithromycin, Quercetin, Elderberry supplements, Vitamins D and C with few if any complications.  Or that while such regimens may not cure, they may help and carry little or no risk.

And so, the world was aflame once again with a nonstory driven by the COVID media.  The HCQ divide within the nation is only a continuation of innumerable divides that have surfaced since the pandemic began — and before.  One will know the politics of an individual based on his position on any number of pandemic issues: lockdowns, sheltering in place, face masks, social distancing, “elective surgery,” and “essential businesses.”  The closing of schools and colleges.  Blue states and Red states.  Governor Cuomo or Governor DeSantis.  Nationwide injunctions or federalism.  The WHO and Red China.  Or, pre-pandemic, Brexit, open borders, DACA, and amnesty.  CBD oil, turmeric, and legalizing marijuana.  Russia Collusion, Trump’s taxes, the 25th amendment, Stormy Daniels, the Ukraine non-scandal, and impeachment. Or Obamagate. And now HCQ.

HCQ is only another bellwether.  It represents the latest nonevent in a long string of fabricated media nonscandals.  If a nation can be divided over HCQ it can be divided over anything.  It shows neatly, as many of the other non-issues did, whether one embraces the U.S., our history, culture, and constitutional system, or rejects it.  Whether one believes in Americanism or despises it.  It is part of the ongoing civil war, thus far cold, but who knows?  The passions today are no less jarring than they were in 1860.  One would have thought that a man taking a medicine prescribed by his physician, even a President, would be a private matter.  But no.  Not today.

We swim in an ocean of manufactured disinformation created by a radical COVID media, our fifth column.  They inflame the nation one way or another based on political whims.  The propaganda arm of the Left, they seek victory at all costs including dismantling the economy, culture, and our governing system.  Is there a curative for the COVID media and their Democrat allies who would destroy a nation to destroy Trump?  He is all that stands between us and them.  Is there an antiviral for this, the communist virus that has infected the nation, metastasized throughout its corpus, and now threatens the republic?

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Dr. Moss is a practicing Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, author, and columnist, residing in Jasper, IN.  He has written A Surgeon’s Odyssey and Matilda’s Triumph available on amazon.com.  Find more of his essays at richardmossmd.com

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations

Life under Coronavirus COVID-19

The Corona Virus 2- Daily Halachic Corner – 95 – Rav Dayan Elgrod!

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Israel could have ended up like Belgium, which has a population slightly larger than Israel’s and a death toll of more than 8,700. Israel’s current death count is 258.


US State Dept. 19March2020 tweet: Travel Advisory: Level 4 - The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of #COVID19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the US should arrange for immediate return.

U.S. Department of State Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

Global Health Advisory March 19, 2020 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

Level 4: Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification.  These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.

You are encouraged to visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Please also visit the website of the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.

Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:

 

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Israel turns parking lots into medical centers for COVID-19 patients

The final war – What has been is what will be – The fall of the new world order

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Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu | Do you have a Fever and a Dry Cough?

Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu https://regenexx.com/blog/coronavirus-myths-debunked/

Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu https://regenexx.com/blog/coronavirus-myths-debunked/

Aditional Symptoms: Loss of smell Loss of sense of smell as marker of COVID
From Dr. John Campbell May 19, 2020 Brazil, US, UK (https://youtu.be/4URofJ86U54)
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/
high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Caronavirus remains in the throat for 4 days

For Example:

Caroline-Glick-Latma-tweet-18March2020 Latma Studio Coronavirus Cough

Coronavirus-Why did the Chicken cross the road

Coronavirus-Why did the Chicken cross the road

These are not the Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19: If you have these Symptoms It is time to get off your Apple iPhone or other Smartphone and go to bed.

Smartphone Zombies

Smartphone Zombies


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Approved by the World Health Organization from China: Coronavirus Quick Test | Chinese Fortune Cookie

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People need to listen and obey the Health Ministry Directions and STOP SMOKING, LOSE WEIGHT AND DRINKING ALCOHOL or do you want this

When the instructions say “Stay 2 Meters away from People” they mean it! AND WEAR A MASK!!

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy Edward Livingston, MD; Karen Bucher, MA, CMI JAMA Infographic March 17, 2020 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2763401?guestAccessKey=72f61225-c3fd-4fb1-81fd-09b6a1666aaa&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=031720

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy
Edward Livingston, MD; Karen Bucher, MA, CMI
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Italian Doctor Implores Rest Of World: “Lock Your Nations Down Now… Or Face This!”

by Tyler Durden 20March2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/health/italian-doctor-implores-rest-world-lock-your-nations-dow-now-or-face

Judging by the following extremely disturbing news story from Sky News, hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman was on to something when he warned President Trump that “hell is coming.

“America will end as we know it,” warned the infamous hedge fund manager, unless President Trump shuts down the country for 30 days to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, calling it the only option to rescue the economy.

The crisis gripping the town at the centre of the global COVID-19 crisis in Italy has been witnessed by Sky News’ Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay., who exclaims: “they’re fighting a war here… and they’re losing.”

Italy covid-19 ICU Patient

Italy has hit a grim milestone in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic… with deaths now soaring above China’s:

Italy vs. China covid-19 dead

…and authorities there want to send a warning to the rest of the world:

“lock your nations down now… or face this!”

The shocking centre of the COVID-19 crisis

This is the reason to isolate.

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It’s Not “Just The Flu”: Here’s Why You Definitely Don’t Want To Catch COVID-19…

by Tyler Durden 24March2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/health/its-not-just-flu-heres-why-you-definitely-dont-want-catch-covid-19

Authored by Michael Snyder via TheMostImportantNews.com,

Can you imagine being in “blinding pain” for weeks, constantly gasping for air as you feel like you are being suffocated, and screaming for mercy because you are in so much constant torment?  As you will see below, coronavirus survivors are telling us about their hellish ordeals, and they are warning us to do everything that we can to avoid this virus.  Of course they are the lucky ones.  As I detailed in another article, the global death toll has doubled over the past six days, and so far the very high death rate in the United States is extremely alarming.  So those that survive should consider themselves to be very fortunate, but many of those same individuals will be left with permanent lung damage.

This virus attacks the respiratory system with a ferocity that is shocking doctors, and those that are still attempting to claim that COVID-19 is “just like the flu” need to stop, because they are just making things worse.

 

Researchers have found that this virus has an incubation period of up to 24 days, and people can spread it around long before they are showing any symptoms.

And you don’t even have to encounter someone with the virus to catch it.  According to Bloomberg, new research has discovered that this virus can remain on surfaces “for as many as 17 days”…

Traces of new coronavirus were found on surfaces in cruise-ship cabins for as many as 17 days after passengers left, researchers said, though it wasn’t possible to determine whether they caused any infections.

Researchers looked at the rooms of infected passengers aboard the Diamond Princess, both those who showed symptoms and those who didn’t, according to a study Monday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

When you combine those two factors, it makes COVID-19 nearly impossible to contain.

This is a major emergency, and it makes me angry that there are prominent voices out there that are still trying to downplay this pandemic.  As a result, many people are not taking proper precautions, and a lot of them are going to end up catching the virus.

If you are reading this and you still don’t think that COVID-19 is a big deal, please take a moment to consider the following five stories about coronavirus survivors…

#1 26-year-old Fiona Lowenstein

That night I woke up in the middle of the night with chills, vomiting, and shortness of breath. By Monday, I could barely speak more than a few words without feeling like I was gasping for air. I couldn’t walk to the bathroom without panting as if I’d run a mile. On Monday evening, I tried to eat, but found I couldn’t get enough oxygen while doing so. Any task that was at all anxiety-producing — even resetting my MyChart password to communicate with my doctor — left me desperate for oxygen.

#2 55-year-old Kevin Harris

“Imagine your lungs turning solid. It’s like suffocating without holding your nose,” said Harris, who owns an auto body shop and typically runs 5 miles every day.

“Every time I lay down, my breathing gets lower and lower. I thought my lungs would fail me. I was screaming for mercy and praying to God.”

#3 25-year-old Connor Reed

A Welshman who caught the coronavirus in China has described how the deadly disease hit him “like a train” leaving him “suffocating” and in blinding pain for weeks.

Connor Reed, from Llandudno, got ill while working as an English teacher in Wuhan.

The 25-year-old described how it started as “just a sniffle” on November 25 – a month before authorities officially announced the virus – but over the next three-and-a-half weeks he got increasingly ill and was unable to move.

#4 39-year-old Tara Jane Langston

‘It’s like having glass in your lungs, it’s hard to explain, but every breath is a battle.

‘It’s absolutely horrible and I wouldn’t want to go through anything like this ever again. I’d been ill for about five days before I was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

‘I’d originally been diagnosed with a chest infection and given antibiotics and advised to take ibuprofen and paracetamol. I was taking about eight ibuprofen a day and they now think that that exacerbated the problem.

#5 A 12-year-old girl in Georgia named Emma

Emma, a 12-year-old girl, is “fighting for her life” in an Atlanta hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to her cousin.

Justin Anthony told CNN that Emma was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15 and tested positive for coronavirus on Friday night. As of Saturday, she was on a ventilator and is currently in stable condition, Anthony said.

As you can see, this virus is not just hitting “old people” extremely hard.

But if you are above the age of 60, please understand that you at very high risk, and you need to stay away from public places for the foreseeable future.

I know that it can be hard to stay home day after day, but this is truly a very, very deadly virus.

At this point, even doctors and nurses are “scared to go to work”

Doctors and nurses on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus in the United States say it’s “the first time” they’ve been scared to go to work. With a shortage of personal protective equipment, some have resorted to using bandanas to cover their faces.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever been truly scared to come to work, but despite being scared we are trained to save lives and we’re committed to doing that,” Dr. Cornelia Griggs, a surgeon in New York City, told “CBS This Morning.” “I’m embarrassed to say, but prior to this, my husband and I had never gotten around to writing a will, but this weekend that became one of our to-do list items.”

As I have been writing this article, over 2,000 more confirmed cases were added to the rapidly growing total here in the United States.  And as I discussed yesterday, it looks like the U.S. is going to have a very high death rate just like we are seeing in western European countries such as Italy and Spain.

So please take this pandemic very seriously.  A lot of Americans are going to die, and it is going to be a great national tragedy.

Please pray for those that have caught the virus and are deeply suffering.  It is in our darkest moments that we need a miracle the most, and there are a whole lot of people out there that need one right now.

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From the Lancet: Real estimates of mortality following COVID-19 infection

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Published: March 12, 2020 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30195-X
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One Third Of All Coronavirus Cases Show No Symptoms, Classified China Data Reveals

by Tyler Durden 22March2020 – https://www.zerohedge.com/health/one-third-all-coronavirus-cases-show-no-symptoms-classified-china-data-reveals

China, which has been praising itself for its draconian response in shutting down much of the country for most of February and thus halting the spread of the coronavirus pandemic domestically (at least if one ignores the glaring discrepancies from reports on the ground), may have a new problem on its hands.

According to the South China Morning Post, which cited classified data from the Chinese government, as many as a third of the people who test positive for the coronavirus – also known as “silent carriers” – may show delayed symptoms or none at all.

The data show that 43,000 people in China tested positive by the end of February, but had no actual symptoms, the newspaper reported. They were quarantined and monitored, though as we noted last month, in a radical change in how China is underreporting the severity of the disease, asymptomatic cases aren’t included in China’s tally of those infected with the virus.

“The number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide continues to grow, and the gap between reports from China and statistical estimates of incidence based on cases diagnosed outside China indicates that a substantial number of cases are underdiagnosed,” a group of Japanese experts led by Hiroshi Nishiura, an epidemiologist at Hokkaido University, wrote in a letter to the International Journal of Infectious Diseases in February. Based on his research, Nishiura put the proportion of asymptomatic Japanese patients evacuated from Wuhan, ground zero of the outbreak in China, at 30.8 per cent – similar to the classified Chinese government data.

Another useful point of reference is the data collected from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined for weeks in Yokohama, Japan. All of its passengers and crew were tested, with 712 people testing positive – 334 of whom were asymptomatic, according to official Japanese figures.

In Hong Kong, 16 of the 138 confirmed cases as of March 14 were asymptomatic or presymptomatic, according to Ho Pak-leung, a professor with the microbiology department of the University of Hong Kong. All of these numbers point to a significantly higher ratio of asymptomatic cases than indicated by data publicly released by China so far. There were 889 asymptomatic patients among the 44,672 confirmed cases as of February 11, epidemiologists from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a paper published online in JAMA Network Open on February 24.

A separate study by scientists from the University of Texas at Austin estimated that people who had not yet developed symptoms transmitted around 10 per cent of the 450 cases they studied in 93 Chinese cities. Their findings are awaiting publication in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Ho from the University of Hong Kong said some asymptomatic patients had a viral load similar to those with symptoms.

“Of course it is hard to say if they may be less infectious if they don’t cough. But there are also droplets when you speak,” he said, referring to how the respiratory virus is transmitted.

As Bloomberg notes, the novel virus has been described as “insidious” because many infected people are well enough to go about their daily business, unwittingly spreading it to others as symptoms begin to appear on average five to six days after infection. While scientists have been unable to agree on what role asymptomatic transmission plays in spreading the disease, they do know that the virus appears to cause a mild illness lasting about two weeks in children, adolescents and younger adults in most cases, and potentially more severe disease lasting three to six weeks in older people.

The bottom line is that the propagation of “silent carriers” and high rate of asymptomatic cases can complicate efforts to stop the spread of the disease which has infected more than 280,000 people and killed nearly 13,000 globally, because many countries aren’t testing people unless they’re seriously ill, the newspaper reported. It also means that with thousands of asymptomatic carriers roaming around the population, confident they are free of the disease, secondary and tertiary break outs are virtually guaranteed even for populations which, like China, claim to have defeated the pandemic.

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Take Vitamin D and Zinc to prevent Death

Quite Compelling Evidence

Dr. John Campbell 13May2020
Does Vitamin D Protect Against COVID-19? https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930152?src=soc_tw_share
So the evidence is becoming quite compelling.
JoAnn E. Manson, Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Already known about Vit D status Bone health, Cardiometabolic health. But it may be even more important now than ever Risk of developing COVID-19 infection and to the severity of the disease. Innate immunity and boosts immune function against viral diseases
Immune-modulating effect
Can lower inflammation
This may be relevant to the respiratory response with COVID – 19 and the cytokine storm.
Laboratory (cell-culture) studies Evidence that patients with respiratory infections tend to have lower blood levels of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D
Some evidence from COVID-19 patients as well.
Eightfold higher risk of having severe COVID illness among those who entered with vitamin D deficiency compared with those who had sufficient vitamin D levels
Supplementation was associated with a significant reduction in respiratory tract infections
12% to 70% reduction of respiratory infection with vitamin D supplementation
So the evidence is becoming quite compelling
Encourage our patients to be outdoors and physically active, while maintaining social distancing

  • Diet
  • food labels
  • fortified dairy products
  • fortified cereals
  • fatty fish
  • sun dried mushrooms
  • Quite reasonable to consider a vitamin D supplement RDA, 600-800 IU/dailyBut during this period, a multivitamin or supplement containing 1000-2000 IU/daily of vitamin D would be reasonable

Planning a randomized clinical trial, moderate to high doses In the meantime,
it’s important to encourage measures that will, on a population-wide basis, reduce the risk for vitamin D deficiency
Dr JoAnn Manson is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; and chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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It is time to start wearing a Mask for the protection of others.

How to Significantly Slow Coronavirus? (featuring Minister of Health of the Czech Rep.) #Masks4All

Petr Ludwig / Konec prokrastinace [CZE] 28March2020

This is the strongest statistical association I've seen w/ respect to the virus. Wear a mask, mandate others to wear masks, & remember that @WHO is criminally incompetent.

Here is the science behind the recommendation to wear a mask.

From: JAMA Insights
March 26, 2020 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2763852
Bourouiba L. Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions: Potential Implications for Reducing Transmission of COVID-19. JAMA. Published online March 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4756
Lydia Bourouiba, PhD
Click to download PDF file Click to download the report jama_bourouiba_2020_it_200011

To mask or not to mask

Dr. John Campbell 07April2020

Arutz Sheva http://www.israelnationalnews.com/

Everyone must wear a mask to protect against coronavirus. But which kind?

Dr. Ben Fox speaks with Arutz Sheva, explaining which kinds of masks are most effective and which should be avoided – and how to wear them.

Yoni Kempinski , 08May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/279895

You must wear a mask. But which kind? Dr. Ben Fox answers

Arutz Sheva TV 07May2020

Arutz Sheva spoke with Dr. Ben Fox of the Assaf Harofeh-Shamir Medical Center, about the requirement to wear masks in public.

“There are two reasons to wear a mask,” Dr. Fox explained. “The first reason is to protect ourselves: If somebody coughs, these droplets are coming towards me, if they get into my nose, I’m probably going to get sick with corona. The other reason is to stop me from infecting other people. Now obviously if we’re sick we shouldn’t be going out at all. But we know unfortunately that there’s quite a large number of people who pick up coronavirus, they’re walking around, they don’t know they’ve got it, and innocently spreading it around. And again, that’s a place where wearing a mask can be really effective at stopping the spread in the community.”

The next question, he said, is what kind of masks people should wear, explaining that there are N95s, for healthcare workers, regular surgical masks, and a variety of homemade fabric masks.

Calling the fabric mask market a “wild west,” Dr. Fox held up a disposable surgical mask explaining that “I think these are the way to go.”

“The problem with the fabric masks is that we don’t really know – there haven’t been clear instructions from the Health Ministry on how to make them… There’s thousands of different kinds of fabric, different fabrics have different size holes in them between the fibers, we don’t how many layers of fabric, and we don’t have clear instructions how many masks we need per person and how we need to be cleaning these masks, washing them in the washing machine, at what temperature, do we need to add a capful of bleach each time, just to sterilize – we don’t know. We don’t know.”

Dr. Fox also cited a Chinese paper which noted that during the first SARS epidemic those medical professionals “with high exposure” to the “previous coronavirus” who wore fabric masks were sick “with flu-like symptoms” 13 times more often than those who wore surgical masks.

He also noted several possible explanations for the increase, such as touching the face more often, not washing the masks properly or frequently enough, or being involved in more risky activities, and said that there is no proof that the symptoms were in fact SARS. However, he said, “there’s very strong circumstantial evidence that a fabric mask, if you’re not really taking care of it properly, might increase the risk to ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Israel’s Health Ministry issued guidelines for the use of masks, including how to make homemade masks. These guidelines, published on the Health Ministry site, state:

Types of masks suitable for the general population include:

1. Surgeon’s masks – the standard required by hospitals and clinics and are also suitable for the general population

2. Non-medical oral-nasal masks – provides protection, but the degree of protection depends on the mask

3. Multi-layered cloth masks – can provide very good protection, depending on the type of fabric, its thickness, and the number of layers.

The N95 masks protects from transmission as well, but is not required, except when treating severely ill patients in hospitals undergoing respiratory procedures.

Masks with valves – not suitable in the community because the valve emits air with pressure that can cause spraying of droplets and therefor transmission.

Homemade masks:

In the absence of a medical or commercial mask, it is possible to make an oral-nasal improvised mask or make a multi-folded fabric mask with excellent filtering capacity. The mask should be made from two or three layers according to the thickness and quality of the fabric.

To make a fabric mask, it is recommended to choose woven (non-stretch) cotton fabric as tightly woven as possible (density over 200 threads per inch such as a satin or percale fabric) and fold it into 3 layers (or 500 threads per inch at 2 folds). The fabric should be suitable for washing at 70 degrees Celsius so that it may be reused.

The mask must cover the mouth and nose (possible dimensions are a rectangular mask of 14X18 cm). The mask must be sewn on all sides. Rubber bands can be used instead of laces to tighten the mask behind the ears or on the neck.

It is preferable to make several masks for each person, so that they can be changed whenever the mask is wet, dirty, or overused. The used mask should be kept in a clean plastic bag.

The makeshift masks should be washed at a temperature of over 70 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes or more, and may be dried in the sun or a dryer.

The guidelines also urge Israelis to wash their hands after touching a used mask of any type.

How to make your own coronavirus protective mask: step-by-step instructions

How to Make a Face Mask

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Health ministry issues video explaining how to make homemade masks

A new video issued by the Health Ministry explains how the public can make simple masks at home in order to comply with the latest regulations, which require everyone to wear masks when venturing outside.

The video is in Hebrew, but can probably be understood well enough even without a strong grasp of the language. [See the video below]

חבישת מסיכה מקטינה את סיכויי ההדבקה כאשר נמצאים במרחב הציבורי – כך תוכלו להכין מסיכה משלכם מבדים April 1,2020
חבישת מסיכה מקטינה את סיכויי ההדבקה כאשר נמצאים במרחב הציבורי – כך תוכלו להכין מסיכה משלכם מבדים

איך מכינים מסיכה ביתית ללא תפירה?


Shenkar Art. Design. Engineering •Apr 12, 2020
את הגיזרה למסכה ניתן להוריד מכאן: https://bit.ly/2JV7m5r הסרטון הוכן במסגרת פעילות קבוצתית בנושא צמצום הדבקה בנגיף הקורונה. בקבוצה חברים מטעם מפא״ת, האוניברסיטה העברית, מכון ויצמן, המרכז הבינתחומי הרצליה ומכון סירטקס בשנקר.
The mask for the mask can be downloaded from here: https://bit.ly/2JV7m5r

The video was prepared as part of a group activity to reduce the infection of the corona virus. Members of the MAPA, the Hebrew University, the Weizmann Institute, the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and the Sirtax Institute in Shenkar
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Study on the efficacy of masks and various materials in filtration:

Filtration Efficiency and Pressure Drop Across Materials Tested with Aerosols of Bacillus atrophaeus and Bacteriophage MS2 (30 L/min) a

Filtration Efficiency and Pressure Drop Across Materials Tested with Aerosols of Bacillus atrophaeus and Bacteriophage MS2 (30 L/min) a

Daily Halachic Corner – Sefirat HaOmer! – 113 – The Corona Virus – 20 – Rav Dayan Elgrod!

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Navy study finds 1 in 5 sailors tested for coronavirus antibodies on carrier were asymptomatic

Study provides first data on how coronavirus affects healthy young adults.

By Luis Martinez 10 June 2020, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/navy-study-finds-sailors-tested-coronavirus-antibodies-carrier/story?id=71162182

A new Navy study of hundreds of sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt found that one in five who tested positive for antibodies were asymptomatic, while the majority of the sailors only had mild COVID-19 symptoms.

The study conducted jointly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also indicated the possibility that a small number of the tested sailors may have some form of immunity to the novel coronavirus.

The carrier left Guam last week, after a 10-week interruption of its deployment to the western Pacific Ocean as the ship’s crew of 4,865 sailors was quarantined on the island following an outbreak aboard the ship. Ultimately 1,273 sailors, or about 26% of the ship’s crew was infected with the virus, including one who died. …
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What you can do to battle the epidemic of the Wuhan novel coronavirus (COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV)

UNIVERSAL PRAYER TO BE SAVED FROM CORONAVIRUS

By YD Bergman 06February2020 https://ravberland.com/breaking-prayer-to-be-saved-from-coronavirus/

The World Is Hanging By A Thread

This morning (Thursday) after finishing his morning learning schedule and immersing in the mikvah, Rebbi Eliezer Berland shlit”a said in a stern voice:

“There’s a terrible decree of world destruction by the Coronavirus.”

The Rav went on to explain that all of humanity including animals and plants are in danger of complete destruction.

And began quickly stating gematrias as to the spiritual cause of this terrible illness. Among others ben adam l’chaveiro the commandment which includes all interpersonal laws has the same numerical value as corona in Hebrew 363.

Open hearing this and seeing the look of concern on the Rabbi’s face, his attendant asked, “What should we do?”

Rav Berland answered:

“We will write a prayer and the decree will be cancelled. The prayer should be translated in all languages and read all over the world. With that the virus it will leave as quickly as it came leaving no trace behind.”

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Here is the prayer:

PRAYER TO BE SAVED FROM CORONAVIRUS

Master of Universe, who can do anything!

Cure me and the whole world of the Coronavirus, because redemption is near.

And through this reveal to us the 50th gate of holiness, the secret of the ibbur, and may we begin from this day onward to be strong in keeping interpersonal commandments (i.e. being kind to others).

And by virtue of this may we witness miracles and wonders the likes of which haven’t been since the creation of the world. And may there be sweetening of judgments for the entire world, to all mankind, men women and children.

Please God! Please cure Coronavirus all over the world, as it says about Miriam the prophetess, “Lord, please, cure her, please.”

Please God! Who can do anything! Send a complete healing to the entire world! To all men, women, children, boys and girls, to all humanity wherever they may be, and to all the animals, birds, and creatures. All should be cured from this disease in the blink of an eye, and no trace of the disease should remain.

And all will merit fear of Heaven and fear of God, O Merciful and Compassionate Father.

Please God, please do with us miracles and wonders as you did with our forefathers by the exodus from Egypt. And now, take us and the entire world out from this disease, release us and save us from the Coronavirus that wants to eliminate all mortals.

We now regret all the sins that we did, and we honestly ask for forgiveness. And in the merit of our repentance, this cursed disease, that does not miss men, women, boys, girls, and animals, will be eliminated.

Please God, as quick as the illness came it will go away and disappear immediately, in the blink of an eye, and by this the soul of Messiah Ben David will be revealed.

Please God, grant us the merit to be included in the level of the saints and pure ones, and bless anew all the fruit and vegetation, that all will be healed in the blink of an eye, and we will see Messiah Ben David face to face.

Please God, who acts with greatness beyond comprehension, and does wonders without number. Please now perform also with us miracles and wonders beyond comprehension and let no trace of this cursed disease remain. And may the entire world be cured in the blink of an eye.

Because Hashem did all this in order for us to repent, it is all in order for us to direct our hearts to our Father in Heaven, and by that He will send blessings and success to all of our handiwork.

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coronavirus-prayer

אנגלית קורונא

PRAYER TO BE SAVED FROM CORONAVIRUS

Master of Universe, who can do anything! Cure me and the whole world of the Coronavirus, because redemption is near. And through this reveal to us the 50th gate of holiness, the secret of the ibur, and may we begin from this day onward to be strong in keeping interpersonal commandments (i.e. being kind to others). And by virtue of this may we witness miracles and wonders the likes of which haven’t been since the creation of the world. And may there be sweetening of judgments for the entire world, to all mankind, men, women and children. Please Hashem! Please cure Coronavirus all over the world, as it says abut Miriam the prophetess, “Lord, please, cure her, please.“ Please Hashem! Who can do anything! Send a complete healing to the entire world! To all men, women, children, boys and girls, to all humanity wherever they may be, and to all the animals, birds, and creatures. All should be cured from this disease in the blink of an eye, and no trace of the disease should remain. And all will merit fear of Heaven and fear of Hashem, O Merciful and Compassionate Father. Please God, please do with us miracles and wonders as you did with our forefathers by the exodus from Egypt. And now, take us and the entire world out from this disease, release us and save us from the Coronavirus that wants to eliminate all mortals. We now regret all the sins that we did, and we honestly ask for forgiveness. And in the merit of our repentance, this cursed disease, that does not miss men, women, boys, girls and animals, will be eliminated. Please God, as quick as the illness came it will go away and disappear immediately, in the blink of an eye, and by this the soul of Messiah Ben David will be revealed. Please God, grant us the merit to be included in the level of the saints and pure ones, and bless anew all the fruit and vegetation, that all will be healed in the blink of an eye, and we will see Messiah Ben David face to face. Please God, who acts with greatness beyond comprehension, and does wonders without number. Please now perform also with us miracles and wonders beyond comprehension and let no trace of this cursed disease remain. And may the entire world be cured in the blink of an eye. Because Hashem did all this in order for us to repent, it is all in order for us to direct our hearts to our Father in Heaven, and by that He will send blessings and success to all of our handiwork.

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From Rabbi Lazer Brody – Emuna Beams:Protection from Coronavirus

09 February 2020 https://www.brodyhealth.com/2020/02/protection-from-coronavirus.html

The Solution to the Coronavirus!! יש פתרון לקורונה

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Repentance, Prayer and Tzedakah – Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah תשובה, תפילה וצדק

The Solution to the Coronavirus!! יש פתרון לקורונה Repentance, Prayer and Tzedakah - Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah http://jewishinfographics.com/2020/03/05/the-solution-to-the-coronavirus-%d7%99%d7%a9-%d7%a4%d7%aa%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%9f-%d7%9c%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%a0%d7%94/ Please take upon yourself something for improvement in one of these 3 areas for the protection of Klal Yisrael – and share it with us in the comments below to inspire others! קחו על עצמכם קבלה קטנה באחד מ3- תחומים אלו להצלת כלל ישראל – ושתף איתנו בתגובות למטה

The Solution to the Coronavirus!! יש פתרון לקורונה
Repentance, Prayer and Tzedakah – Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah
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Please take upon yourself something for improvement in one of these 3 areas for the protection of Klal Yisrael – and share it with us in the comments below to inspire others!
קחו על עצמכם קבלה קטנה באחד מ3- תחומים אלו להצלת כלל ישראל – ושתף איתנו בתגובות למטה

Please take upon yourself something for improvement in one of these 3 areas for the protection of Klal Yisrael – and share it with us in the comments below to inspire others!

קחו על עצמכם קבלה קטנה באחד מ3- תחומים אלו להצלת כלל ישראל – ושתף איתנו בתגובות למטה

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Isolation, quarantine and social distancing: Practice these essential strategies to stop the spread of coronavirus

18March2020 by: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-18-social-distancing-strategies-to-stop-the-spread-of-coronavirus.html

(Natural News) Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to skyrocket in America, and authorities around the world advise the general public to practice strategies like isolation, self-quarantine and social distancing. But what are the differences between these strategies, and when should you practice them?

Why these strategies are necessary

In America, testing for coronavirus started slow. The authorities first attempted to those who tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

Now, public health experts advise that it is crucial is to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. This ensures that those who need medical attention don’t overwhelm hospitals.

If data from the experience of other countries battling the coronavirus pandemic holds, most of the infected patients will only have mild cases. However, findings from other countries also suggest that around 10 to 20 percent of patients could have more severe cases of the disease.

Judging from the data, at least tens of millions of Americans may get infected with coronavirus, and hundreds of thousands of patients may require hospital care.

Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, explained that a deluge of patients will overwhelm the health system. Practicing measures like social distancing can help America avoid Italy’s current struggles.

In Italy, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases quickly catapulted from only several patients to over 27,000 cases. More than 2,100 deaths have been confirmed in the country.

It is believed that the accelerated spread of coronavirus in Italy was partly due to aggressive testing. Additionally, hospitals in the northern part of the country were gradually running out of beds in intensive care units.

The difference between self-quarantining and self-monitoring

According to health experts, the two strategies overlap.

Both self-quarantining and self-monitoring have one goal: To keep individuals “who have been exposed, or who might have been exposed, away from others as much as possible” for a certain length of time.

In the case of coronavirus, this often means 14 days or the suspected incubation period of the disease. However, patients may experience symptoms only several days after exposure.

When self-monitoring, you need to regularly check your temperature and take note of any signs of respiratory illness, like a cough, fever or shortness of breath. You also need to limit your interaction with other people.

For example, if you attended a company conference and a person that you weren’t in close contact with tested positive for coronavirus, you need to self-monitor. Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, added that you need to self-quarantine if you talked to the infected attendee or if they accidentally sneezed on you.

Self-quarantine is one level higher from self-monitoring because the person at risk of infection, even if they still haven’t experienced symptoms, is at greater risk of exposure. To illustrate, Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, is self-quarantining since his wife tested positive for coronavirus after they returned from a trip to Great Britain.

If you’re quarantined, you need to stay at home and avoid other people whenever possible for 14 days.

Those who live with a family or roommates but want to self-quarantine must stay in their own room or spend time in a separate area in their house. A person in self-quarantine must also stay at home.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, warned that people in self-quarantine shouldn’t sleep in the same bedroom as other family members. You should also try to use a separate toilet, if possible.

If you’ve self-quarantined due to possible exposure and you develop a cough, fever or shortness of breath, contact a healthcare professional, local hospital or the public health department for further instructions.

If you have mild symptoms, you may be instructed to rest at home and treat your symptoms natural cures. People with more severe symptoms and those in higher-risk groups, like the elderly and the immuno-compromised, may be directed elsewhere to seek medical care.

Once test kits become more available, you may be required to visit a place where you can get tested.

Isolation for coronavirus

If you test positive for coronavirus, the first step will be to isolate you at home or in the hospital, said Benjamin. He added that infectious disease precautions will become “much more rigid than in self-quarantine.”

Medical staff looking after you will require more protective gear. While in isolation, you need to wear a mask when leaving your room or traveling from home to a medical facility so you don’t spread droplets that might contain the virus.

Coronavirus and quarantines

Quarantines are necessary when under state or federal law, individuals or groups are on lockdown.

To illustrate, passengers from cruise ships where other passengers were infected with coronavirus and other travelers who didn’t experience symptoms were told to stay at military bases for 14 days to see if they developed the disease.

While America hasn’t closed off entire towns or cities since the 1918-1919 Spanish flu, the federal government and the states have the power to do so.

Preventing infections with social distancing

Social distancing covers a broad category.

It involves preventive practices such as:

  • Staying home if you feel sick
  • Postponing social visits
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Not shaking hands
  • Standing several feet from other people in public
  • Staying away from nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities to keep those at risk safe
  • Using drive-through, pick up or delivery options and not dining in at restaurants
  • Going to the grocery store during off-peak hours

Businesses can also practice social distancing by staggering work hours or letting employees work from home. On the other hand, governments can do it by ordering schools to close.

Sporting events may be canceled, while concert halls, museums and theaters where large groups of people gather can temporarily close their doors. (Related: Social distancing and early testing could have PREVENTED 95% of all coronavirus cases in China.)

Christopher Mores, a professor in the department of global health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, advised that with social distancing, it’s important to be aware of how closely you interact with others on a regular day.

Mores added that social distancing should teach the public how to effectively “break the lines of transmission” during a pandemic.

Why these strategies are crucial even if you’re not sick

It may seem like the individual risk is low while the inconvenience of some measures is high, but taking these precautionary measures will benefit everyone in the end, explained Sharfstein.

Even if you don’t get infected, you can still pass the infection to your family, officemates or even fellow commuters on the subway. The people you could infect may then require hospitalization, which could easily overwhelm hospital staff already caring for newborns, those with cancer or the survivors of car accidents.

Sharfstein concluded that even if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t a threat to healthy individuals, not doing your part can make the disease “a threat to the community.”

Stay at home, wash your hands regularly, and remain calm. You can get through a pandemic if you stay informed and practice strategies like social distancing.

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How to make your own coronavirus protective mask: step-by-step instructions

22February2020 by: Ethan Huff https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-02-22-how-to-make-your-own-coronavirus-protective-mask-instructions.html

Woman wearing Face Mask

(Natural News) As the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) continues to spread largely unabated, including far outside the borders of China, it’s starting to become painfully obvious that taking the appropriate precautions for you and your family is now of the essence. And one way you can do that, especially if you haven’t already purchased a bunch from the dwindling commercial supplies, is to make your own medical face masks at home.

From what we’re seeing, supplies of these first-line tools of protection even here in the United States are starting to dry up as people wake up and see the writing on the wall, which is telling them that this thing probably isn’t going away anytime soon. And the more serious it gets, the quicker you’re likely to see medical face masks disappear entirely, or get jacked up in price due to widespread scarcity.

The following do-it-yourself method comes from the University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Hospital, which reportedly partnered with an entity called Science Park to develop a simple and effective way for ordinary people to help protect themselves against not just the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) but other respiratory “bugs” that enter and infect the body through the nose and mouth.

“I hope this can alleviate the public panic,” says executive councilor and Elderly Commission chairman Dr. Lam Ching about these DIY protective face masks, which China especially is in desperate need of due to medical face mask shortages. “Scientific tests found these home-made masks can offer a certain extent of protection if one doesn’t have a mask at home.”

Dr. Lam notes that thousands of people in China, including vulnerable seniors, are having to line up for hours on end – and sometimes even camp out overnight – just for the chance to get their hands on one of the few medical face masks that remain.

“It’s not good for elderly to take such risks as queuing for a mask in the early morning,” he laments, further explaining how this dire situation drove him to seek out other options. After getting in touch with multiple local schools and talking to Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, Wuhan’s top microbiologist who’s trying to tackle the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) crisis, it was determined that the following method provides almost the same level of protection as commercial medical face masks.

According to Joe Fan King-man, the assistant hospital chief executive at the University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Hospital, these homemade masks recently underwent laboratory testing at City University and were shown to be 80-90 percent as effective as their surgical masks in terms of their ability to filter out aerosols and droplets. However, because it’s not the full 100 percent, Fan insists that they’re not to be used as a permanent substitute.

“The homemade masks can only act as an alternative for those who don’t have any gear but need to protect themselves from infection,” he stresses. “They can never be a substitute or replacement for surgical masks.”

Still, in the event of widespread shortages – which are sure to happen, by the way, and in some cases already are – having these on-hand is certainly better than nothing. Getting stuck with your pants down isn’t an option, and we’d be doing our readers a disservice if we didn’t share this pertinent information with you right away.

Even if you don’t end up even needing to use them for this current outbreak, these homemade face masks will still serve you well as part of your preparedness and survival strategy because you’ll have them readily available when a crisis hits. There’s no such thing as being too prepared, after all. So, let’s get started.

Face Mask

 

Face Mask with Plastic Protector

Here’s what you’ll need, as well as what to do with it

Before you read on any further, make sure you have at least one roll of hygiene-certified paper towels, heavy-duty tissue paper, elastic bands, a hole punch, paper tape, scissors, plastic-coated steel wire, a pair of glasses, plastic file folders, and binder clips, as pictured below:

 

What material you will need

 

List of Material and Supplies

Once you have all of your supplies ready, follow these steps:

• Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap, and clean all solid items.

• Place one sheet of paper towel on top of another.

• Place one piece of tissue paper, which will function as the bottom layer of the mask, on top of the two pieces of paper towel.

• Cut this entire stack of paper in half, making it two pieces.

• Use the paper tape to seal off the two sides of the mask.

 

Use the paper tape to seal off the two sides of the mask.

• Punch two holes at each sealed side of the mask with the hole punch.

 

Punch two holes at each sealed side of the mask with the hole punch.

• Attach the metallic wire with paper tape to the top edge of the mask, forming a nose wire bridge.

 

Attach the metallic wire with paper tape to the top edge of the mask, forming a nose wire bridge.

• Tie four elastic bands through the holes on each side of the mask.

Once you’ve completed this portion of the project, it’s time to move on to making a protective shield for the front. For this, you’ll need to:

• Cut the file folder into two pieces.

• Attach one piece on the edge of the glasses using the binder clips.

This protective shield can be reused over and over again, but just be sure to disinfect it after each use.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to use an actual plastic file folder, not cling film, air conditioner filter paper or cotton cloth, all of which were determined as part of university testing to be inadequate for providing true protection.

Our hope is that you’ll take this all seriously and, at the very least, keep these things on-hand for your own protection in the unfortunate event that you actually need to use them. It’s better to be safe than sorry, wouldn’t you say?

You can learn so much more about the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), including how to protect yourself in other ways, by checking out The Health Ranger Report channel at Brighteon.com.

You can also keep up with the latest coronavirus news by visiting Outbreak.news.

Sources for this article include:

SCMP.com

Brighteon.com

How to Make a Face Mask

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MESSAGE FROM THE GADOL HADOR: Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Instructions on How to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

March 13, 2020 https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/featured/1839688/message-from-the-gadol-hador-rav-chaim-kanievskys-instructions-on-how-to-protect-yourself-and-loved-ones.html

THE GADOL HADOR: Rav Chaim Kanievsky

The following letter was written by Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita regarding protection from the Corona Pandemic. It was translated and annotated by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the 5TJT.com.

Rav Kanievsky’s words are in boldface. Rabbi Yair Hoffman’s additions are in italics and in plain type. Rabbi Hoffman’s additions are the background that is necessary to understand Rav Chaim’s words. May we all have yeshuos. YH

BS”D

Adar 5780

Regarding the concern of transmission of the Corona Virus Pandemic

Everyone must be mechazek to refrain from Lashon Harah and rechilus as it states in Arachin 15b: [Why is a leper so different, that the Torah states: “He shall dwell alone; outside of the camp shall be his dwelling” (Vayikrah 13:46)? He (Rabbi Chaninah) answered: By speaking badly] he separated between a husband and wife and between one person and another; therefore he is punished with tzara’as, and the Torah says: “He shall dwell alone; outside of the camp shall be his dwelling.”

They must further strengthen themselves in the midah of humility and to be maavir al midosav (let things slide) as the pirush haRosh on the side of the page says explicitly in the end of Horios [14a],

The Gemorah there cites a debate between Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel and the chachomim as to who is preferable – a Sinai, one who is extremely knowledgeable or an Okair Harim – One who uproots mountains, one who is extremely sharp.

The Gemara explains that this is not just theoretical. Rav Yosef was a Sinai; Rabba was one who uproots mountains. They sent a message from Bavel to Eretz Yisrael: Which takes precedence? They sent in response: Sinai is preferable, as the Master said: Everyone requires the owner of the wheat, i.e., one who is expert in the sources. And even so, Rav Yosef did not accept upon himself the appointment of head of the yeshiva. Rabba did accept it upon himself and he reigned for twenty-two years, and then Rav Yosef reigned. The Gemara relates that in all of those years that Rabba was in charge, Rav Yosef did not even call a bloodletter to his home. Rav Yosef did not assume even the slightest authority, in deference to Rabba.

The Rosh explains in the name of the Ramah that since Rav Yosef lowered himself and did not wish to lord over Rabbah, his humility protected both him and his household members that not any of them became ill all of those years that Rabbah ruled and even an expert bloodletter was not needed to be called to his home.

Whoever strengthens himself in these the merit will protect him and his family members that not one of them will be sick.

[Rav] Chaim Kanievsky

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Comment: what they will not say is: “Hashem watches over Israel”“A land that God seeks out, the eyes of God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:12)

Israel health chief: If we’d not been tough, we could have wound up like Belgium

If early trends had continued, today there’d be 600,000 sick Israelis and thousands ‘would have ended their lives,’ says Bar Siman-Tov, defending policies amid economic meltdown

By TOI staff 24 April 2020 https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-health-chief-if-wed-not-been-tough-we-could-have-wound-up-like-belgium/

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (right) and Health Ministry Director General Moshe Bar Siman-Tov at a press conference about the coronavirus COVID-19, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on March 11, 2020. Netanyahu is explaining how the coronavirus can spread from a sneeze. (Flash90)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Health minister Yaakov Litzman and Health Ministry General Manager Moshe Bar Siman Tov at a press conference about the coronavirus COVID-19, at the Prime Ministers office in Jerusalem on March 11, 2020. Photo by Flash90

Israel’s Health Ministry director-general on Friday defended the country’s tough lockdown measures in the battle against COVID-19, saying if it hadn’t acted responsibly it could have found itself in a similar situation to Belgium.

Moshe Bar Siman-Tov was asked in a TV interview whether his own prediction in recent weeks, and that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that tens of thousands of Israelis could die from COVID-19, was exaggerated, when the current Israeli tally is below 200 fatalities and the restrictions are gradually being rolled back.

“We have a very simple check,” he said. “We were at a rate where the number of new patients was doubling every three days… There was a single day when the number of seriously ill patients rose by 50%.

“If that trend had continued, today we’d have over 600,000 people [sick], over 10,000 on ventilators, and many thousands who would have ended their lives.”

Pushed directly on whether that kind of concern has proven exaggerated, especially with Israel’s economy tanking and unemployment having soared from below 4% to over 26%, he replied: “I don’t think so… There are enough control groups — look at Belgium.” Belgium has a population slightly larger than Israel’s and a death toll approaching 7,000.

Mourners set down the coffin of a Guinean man, who died of COVID-19 and who the family did not wish to identify by name, during a funeral at the cemetery of Evere, Belgium, Friday, April 24, 2020. Shops and restaurants in Belgium remain closed and weddings and funerals are limited in number during a partial lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Mourners set down the coffin of a Guinean man, who died of COVID-19 and who the family did not wish to identify by name, during a funeral at the cemetery of Evere, Belgium, Friday, April 24, 2020. Shops and restaurants in Belgium remain closed and weddings and funerals are limited in number during a partial lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Bar Simon-Tov was asked again by the anchor: “If ordinary life had continued, we would have reached those numbers of dead?”

“I’m not a prophet,” he said, “but there are enough examples showing that countries that did not act responsibly have had many, many more dead, many, many more on ventilators and the collapse of their health systems… We’ve been following a policy that prevents that.”

He said a discussion on when to open schools would be held next week.

“We’re preparing further eased restrictions,” he said, adding, “we’re well aware of the economic damage… But the prime imperative has been to protect the health of the public… Look at what happened in other countries.”

Asked whether the warmer climate has impacted the spread of infection, he said there was “no indication to that effect” yet.

Asked about the logic of allowing branches of IKEA to reopen this week, on one hand, and sending swarms of cops to arrest an isolated surfer, on the other, he said he knew there have been some such issues, and broadly “we need to ease up” on sports restrictions.

Asked what he will do when the latest raft of eased restrictions take effect on Sunday, he said he hopes he’ll have time to get a haircut.

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Warnings from Yekutiel Ben Yakov, Commander of the Israel Dog Unit

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Corona. Time to come home to Israel NOW – Part 1

Yekutiel Ben Yakov, Commander of the Israel Dog Unit – IDU, urges all Jews to come home to Israel now. Lessons to learn from border closures and the Corona Virus.

Corona – Time to come home to Israel – Part 2

Yekutiel Ben Yakov of the IDU urges all Jews to come to Israel, especially in view of the Corona Virus, the closing of borders, the economic crisis and scapegoating of the Jew

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Do You Realize How Messianic This Is?

16 Adar 5780 http://palmtreeofdeborah.blogspot.com/2020/03/do-you-realize-how-messianic-this-is.html
Received by text as seen on Facebook…

*Population and Immigration Authority*

In the last day, since Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 10,827 foreigners have voluntarily left Israel and in the last two weeks (February 25, 2020) 197,066 foreigners left Israel.

Since the last decision came into effect on Friday, their entry into Israel has been denied in all the crossings (Ben Gurion Airport, Ramon, Taba, Rabin), over 400 foreigners who meet the prohibition on entry.

Following are the number of foreigners who, according to * the Population and Immigration Authority *, have voluntarily left Israel since Friday, 6.3.2020, according to selected countries:

Austria- 498
Italy- 215
Germany – 3,714
Spain- 1,033
Egypt-17
France – 3,260
Switzerland- 463
US 11,924
Poland- 2,879
Romania – 1,599
Thousands of other nationals have also come out.

At the same time, 8,934 Israelis entered the country in the last day and in the last two weeks, 235,012 Israelis entered.

Since the decision came into force, tens of thousands of others have been prevented in order to prevent their refusal at the border.

Sabine Haddad
Population and Immigration Authority

We used to wonder how HASHEM would make this happen (make the foreigners leave and bring the Jews home), but we never doubted that HE would, and it would only be happening NOW and in this WAY because MASHIACH is already here and working on HIS behalf.

We knew the day would come when flights would once again be grounded and the doors would close, but we always imagined it would be because of a major war.  Maybe THIS VIRUS is actually the “merciful” path.

EVERYTHING WE ARE SEEING TODAY HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!!

And it would not be happening just now unless the old world was already finished and a new one was finally beginning.
IN NISAN WE WERE REDEEMED AND IN NISAN WE WILL BE REDEEMED!!!!
(Source: Sefer Yetsirah)

Nisan – the month of beginnings
I think many of us, if not most of us, me included, have been looking at this with our noses pressed up against the glass. We need to step back and take a good look at the whole picture and stand in awe of what HASHEM has done and is doing for our sake. And be happy and thankful!!!

“Zion heard and rejoiced, and the daughters of Judah exulted, because of Your judgments, O Lord.”  (Tehillim 97.8)

PLEASE HASHEM!  Let all your children live and survive to see and experience its completion!!


Recovered coronavirus patients in Israel double active cases

Malls and markets resume activities • 191,000 Israelis return home • Pre-schools and daycares to reopen on Sunday
By ROSSELLA TERCATIN 07May2020 From https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/preschools-and-daycares-to-open-up-on-sunday-627193

The Foreign Ministry has stated that since the beginning of the pandemic, about 191,000 Israelis have returned to Israel from abroad, Ynet reported.

The embassies have issued over 8,500 new passports, mostly at the request of Israelis living abroad who wished to register their children as citizens so that they could fly back to the country.

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From email 18February2020

From the desk of Dr. Nandita Shah…

With coronavirus topping the news these days, I have many patients asking me what they can do to make sure they don’t succumb.

Coronavirus, like any other virus whether influenza or SARS, can affect anyone who has come in contact with it. Confirmed cases are even being reported in India. It might help to know that the virus is not too deadly, it also resides in healthy carriers. This means that anyone with a high immune system may not succumb to this virus even if they are unfortunate enough to contract it. Building our immunity will not just help us withstand this novel virus, it will also help us build resilience towards other known and unknown viruses.

With a growing and a particularly dense population, India is perennially at risk of a viral epidemic. It’s up to each one of us to take charge of our health right now. We can do this by eating and living the way we as humans are designed to eat and live by nature, i.e. eat as close to an organic whole food plant-based diet as possible, keep a check on vitamin B12 and D, consume plenty of water, have enough exercise and rest at the right time. This is what SHARAN recommends to anyone who takes their health seriously.

The incidence of coronavirus is therefore a good wake-up call and we must remember its lessons if we are to safeguard ourselves from the fatal health implications of epidemics.

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How To Avoid Getting Infected By The Coronavirus

by Tyler Durden 07March2020 -https://www.zerohedge.com/health/how-avoid-getting-infected-coronavirus

As worldwide coronavirus cases blow past 100,000 sickened, the question on everyone’s mind is: “How do I avoid getting infected?”

Peak Prosperity’s Chris Martenson goes through the best steps for self-protection in this video (jump to the 35m:10s mark for his summary):

How To Avoid Getting Infected By The Coronavirus

Crazy infectious with a serious complication rate near 15% and a case fatality rate of over 3%, many of us are likely to catch this virus, and most of us will probably know at least one person who dies from it.

And with that many sick people, the health care systems around the world are going to be overwhelmed. Even if you don’t have the virus, you still may not be able to get critical care for other health emergencies (sickness, injury, baby delivery, etc)

Chris shares some of the dozens of stories we’re receiving from health practitioners all over the world who feel shocked and betrayed by how poorly their hospitals are prepared for what’s coming.

How to Avoid being infected

So take steps now to increase your odds of being one of those who avoids covid-19 altogether.

Reading the coronavirus preparation megathreads available for free on PeakProsperity.com is a great way to get started:

  1. Coronavirus: Sanitation, PPE and Self Quarantine Megathread
  2. Coronavirus: Medicinals, Herbals and Supplements Megathread
  3. Coronavirus: Home Prep, Deep Pantry & Gardening Megathread

If you’re one of the many new readers here on Peak Prosperity, be sure you’re up-to-date on developments with the coronavirus. All of our latest covid-19 video updates, podcasts and articles can be accessed here for free.

And here’s a brief list of the more recent material that Chris and I have published for our premium subscribers, to give you a sense of what’s behind the paywall (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access)

Vitamin D and immunity

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18th March, Immune function

Dr. John Campbell • 18March2020
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Friday 20th March Lets get serious

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Tzfat Chief Rabbi Leads Prayer at the Kotel for China’s Coronavirus Victims

David Israel
22 Shevat 5780 – 16February2020 https://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/china/tsfat-chief-rabbi-to-lead-prayer-at-the-kotel-for-chinas-coronavirus-victims/2020/02/16/

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu at the Kotel plaza, July 18, 2016. Photo Credit: Mendy Hechtman/FLASH90

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu at the Kotel plaza, July 18, 2016. Photo Credit: Mendy Hechtman/FLASH90

Thousands of Jews came to the Western Wall from across the country to pray for the good health of people in China at the behest of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of the city of Tzfat and member of the Chief Rabbinate Council, in response to his call on Thursday night for faithful Jews to assemble at the Western Wall on Sunday, to “pray for the people of China who are in great distress.”

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תפילה להסרת המגיפה מסין ומכל העולם-Prayer for removing the plague from China and all over the world תפילת המונים – קורונה

 

Prayer on Sunday at the kotel on the residents of China.

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February 13 ·

תפילה ביום א’ בכותל על תושבי סין

“טוֹב ה’ לַכֹּל וְרַחֲמָיו עַל כָּל מַעֲשָׂיו”. אנו נקראים להתפלל על תושבי סין שנמצאים במצוקה גדולה. עשרות אלפי אנשים נמצאים בבידוד. מיליונים בהסגר. חמישית מתושבי העולם בחרדה גדולה. על כל אחד ואחד מהם נאמר: “חביב אדם שנברא בצלם”.
אנו נקראים להתפלל על תושבי סין, אנו נקראים להתפלל על כל החולים במדינות האחרות. להתפלל על העולם. ביום ראשון (16-2) בשעה 4:30 בכותל המערבי נתפלל כולנו. ויהי רצון שה’ ישמע תפילתנו ויקיים בנו. “וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כָּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה וּבְזַרְעֶךָ”. (בראשית כח יד).
Prayer on Sunday at the kotel on the residents of China.

“Good God to all his actions for all his actions”. we are called to pray for the residents of China who are in great distress. Tens of thousands of people are in solitary. Millions in quarantine. Fifth of the residents of the world with great anxiety. For each and every one of them is said: “Habib Man created in gaffes”.
We are called to pray for the residents of China, we are called to pray for all the sick in the other countries. Pray for the world. On Sunday (16-2) at 4:30 at the western wall we will all pray. May the Lord hear our prayers and support us. “I will support you all the land of the earth”. (Genesis hand power).
Prayer on Sunday at the kotel on the residents of China.



“Tens of thousands of people are in isolation, millions under quarantine,” the rabbi’s press release said. “One fifth of the world’s inhabitants experience great anxiety. About each and every one of them it was said: ‘Beloved is man for he was created in the image [of God]’ (Mishna Avot, 3:14).”

“We are called upon to pray for the people of China,” Rabbi Eliyahu’s message continued. “We are called upon to pray for all the sick in the other countries as well. Pray for the world.”

“On Sunday, February 16, at 4:30 PM, at the Western Wall, we will all pray,” the rabbi urged. “And may God hear our prayer and make true through us the verse ‘In thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed,’ (Genesis 28:14).”

Earlier on Thursday, Rabbi Eliahu posted an exceptionally moving message, saying, “There is a tradition held by the people of Israel, that one blessing draws another. And when there was an epidemic in the nation of Israel, King David taught us to thank and bless every favor we receive from God, and so the plague stopped (II Samuel 24). That gift which we received from King David, we want to pass on to the Chinese people.”

“King David taught us to bless with a song,” Rabbi Eliahu continued, and called on all creative people, “composers, musicians and singers to compose a gift song from Israel to the Chinese people. A song of partnership, of prayer, of blessing.”

Amen.



Torah Tidbits #1361 p.26-Atzeret Tefilla At the Kotel For Coronavirus

מיליוני סינים מודים לישראל

הללו – הקרן לקידום ישראל בעולם
February 20 at 11:45 PM ·
בסין מגיבים בהתרגשות עצומה למחווה הישראלית. תפילה בכותל עבור החולים בנגיף הקורונה.
הרדיו הבינלאומי של סין סיקר את התגובות, מרגש בטירוף.
אל תפספסו!

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Link to Facebook post https://www.facebook.com/HalleluHeb/videos/534328277438147/

Millions of Chinese thank Israel for Prayers for China’s Coronavirus Victims

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Sweetening Judgments

23February2020 http://shiratdevorah.blogspot.com/2020/02/sweetening-judgments.html

from the writings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

When the messengers who bring suffering are despatched, they are made to take an oath: that they will neither set out nor return except on such and such a day, at such and such a time, and only [carry out their mission] by using the designated means. However, repentance, prayer and charity have the power to nullify [the enactment of] this oath.

Reciting the Torah chapters concerning the Choshen, the Breastplate [Exodus 28:15-30; 39:8-21] is a tikkun [rectification] for harsh judgments.

A person who suffers affliction should give charity. This charity will be considered as if it were a fee paid to a judge for his services, which when accepted, nullifies the verdict’s validity. And through this his suffering will be alleviated.

When a person rebukes his friend for the right motives, he has a thread of loving-kindness drawn over him.

A person who does not accept rebuke will experience suffering.

To sweeten harsh judgments, recite Psalm 39 and Psalm 77.

When the nations have issued an evil decree against the Jews, Psalm 62 should be said.

A person can determine and understand his sins from the suffering which he experiences.

There are four things which abolish harsh decrees: Tzedakah [charity], crying out to G-d, changing one’s name and improving one’s conduct.

Crying out to G-d helps the individual only prior to the final decree.

A person’s accusers are beaten off by the study of Torah.

A final decree accompanied by an oath cannot be abolished, even for the sake of an entire community.

The effects of a decree against a person apply only in a specific place. He can save himself by changing his location.

A person should tell others of his anguish so that they will pray for mercy on his behalf.

Accepting suffering with love is like bringing a sacrifice.

A person who falls down while walking should see this as a sign of a downfall on a spiritual level. Falling down while walking sometimes serves to nullify a pronouncement of death which has been issued against the person.

A person who finds himself suffering from harsh judgment should make it a habit to gaze at the Heavens.

The Holy One exonerates the person who teaches righteousness to the wicked.

A man of truth receives G-d’s lovingkindness undisguised by judgments.

Trust in G-d sweetens judgment and draws down loving-kindness.

Through faith [emunah] it is possible to convince G-d to follow your will.


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BREAKING: American Doctors Address COVID-19 Misinformation. Hydroxychloroquine Works!!

PatriotDude 27July2020
American Doctors Address COVID-19 Misinformation. Hydroxychloroquine Works!! Not only as a cure when in concert with Zinc and Azithromycin, but also as a preventative measure when taken alone.

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Big Pharma’s ‘Narrative’ Is Failing

by Tyler Durden 09August2020 – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/big-pharmas-narrative-failing

Authored by Bretigne Shaffer via LewRockwell.com,

So now we don’t have to listen to what those doctors said in front of the US Supreme Court, because it turns out that one of them has some whacky beliefs about sex with demons causing reproductive disorders. What a relief.

I’m not going to pretend that the things Dr. Stella Immanuel has said don’t sound just a little  crazy to me. They do.

 

But I’ve been observing this game long enough to have a pretty good idea of how this works:

Someone says something that contradicts the dominant narrative (in this case, the narrative about medical science), and the machine that supports that narrative goes into overdrive to discredit them, with whatever information they can dig up–as long as it doesn’t involve discussing the actual substance of what the person has said.

I understand that for some people, maybe even for a great many, that is the end of the conversation.

So for everyone who is satisfied with the “fringe doctors promoting hydroxychloroquine also believe demon sex causes fybroids” narrative–please, stop here. Your ride is over, and you may go on believing that this group of doctors and other professionals has been thoroughly discredited by these statements.

For everyone else, if you are at all interested in why such a coordinated effort has been launched to silence and discredit this group, why – even before the sex demon stuff was uncovered – videos of the group’s press conference were quickly yanked from YouTube, and why their own website was taken down without warning by its host, SquareSpace, (their new website can now be found here) then please keep reading.

WHAT THE AMERICA’S FRONTLINE DOCTORS GROUP SAID:

What follows is a brief summary of the key points made by the group America’s Frontline Doctors at their press conference last week. I will not comment on the validity of their claims, however founder Dr. Simone Gold has provided support for much of what the group said, in a white paper that can be found here.

1. They believe that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for Covid-19.

This is the claim made by several of the speakers, including Dr. Immanuel, based on their own clinical experience, as well as on multiple published studies. Many of those studies are listed here, and here.

2. State licensing boards are using their power to forcibly prevent people from having access to this drug.

According to Dr. Gold, many states have empowered their pharmacists to not honor prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine to be used in treating Covid-19. This, she says, is unprecedented:

“It has never happened that a state has threatened a doctor for prescribing a universally accepted safe generic cheap drug off-label.”

Meanwhile, says Gold, the drug is available over the counter in many other countries, including Iran and Indonesia, where it can be found “in the vitamin section”.

3. There is a coordinated campaign to discredit and suppress information about the drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for Covid-19:

“If it seems like there is an orchestrated attack going on against hydroxychloroquine,” said Dr. James Todaro, “it’s because there is.”

Dr. Todaro is speaking from experience. He was the co-author of a March 13 white paper arguing for the use of hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19. The paper was made public on Google Docs, received a lot of attention, and was then removed–without warning–by Google. (It has since been put back up.)

4. The World Health Organization  halted its trials of hydroxychloroquine based on a blatantly fraudulent study that relied on data that it appears never even existed.

Bear in mind that this is the authority upon which YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has said she bases her company’s policy on “misinformation”.

The WHO later resumed trials after independent investigators discovered the problems and the study’s authors retracted it.

5. We should be able to have a free and open discussion about this.

Dr. Dr. Joseph Lapado from UCLA, sums it up:

“We’ve been using (hydroxychloroquine) for a long time. But all of a sudden it’s been escalated to this area of looking like some poisonous drug. That just doesn’t make sense… At the very least, we can live in a world where there are differences of opinion about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, but still allow more data to come, still allow physicians who feel they have expertise with it to use that medication, and still, you know, talk and learn and get better at helping people with Covid-19.”

WHY THE ALL-OUT MEDIA ASSAULT ON THE FRONTLINE DOCTORS?:

The influence that the pharmaceutical industry wields over media outlets is no secret. As of 2018, an estimated 70% of all news advertising in the US came from pharmaceutical companies. I have written elsewhere about how “reporting” on medical issues can be difficult to distinguish from outright marketing for drug companies.

Social-media platforms are not immune to this influence, whether it comes via advertising dollars; “partnerships” such as that between the CDC Foundation and MailChimp (which like many other platforms, has an explicit policy of censoring content about vaccines that does not align with the positions of the CDC and the WHO); direct investment, such as that of Google’s parent company Alphabet; or indeed at the behest of politicians such as Congressman Adam Schiff, who last year wrote to the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook and Google, requesting that those companies censor information and products that did not conform to the officially sanctioned position on vaccines. All three complied.

So it should come as small surprise that both Google and YouTube have now taken to removing content supportive of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that is no longer covered by patent, and can be made and sold by any generic producer, for a fraction of the price that Gilead, for example, might charge for its still-patented Remdesivir.

Twitter and Facebook have likewise removed posts about the drug, most notably–and with no visible sense of irony–removing posts of the video in which the Frontline Doctors speak out about widespread media censorship of the topic. (You can now see those videos on Bitchute.)

One need not have an opinion on the merits of the drug hydroxychloroquine in order to recognize that something very odd is happening here. Something that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with free and open inquiry or honest scientific discourse.

Many argue that the politicization of this drug is founded in a desire to unseat President Trump, that the opposition to it is primarily because it was endorsed by Trump, and if it is deemed to be a failure (or even better, dangerous to patients) it will be a powerful strike against the president. That may well be part of what has motivated this. But there is another motivation, having to do with the desire to push a more expensive medication onto the market, and to push a new vaccine on the world’s population.

More broadly, it has to do with the narrative that those in the business of selling drugs demand we believe: that we are all in desperate need of their products (but only the ones still under patent) if we are to be healthy–or indeed, if we are to survive at all.

If it turns out that this “new” virus is easily treatable, with hydroxychloroquine or anything else, then the industry’s dreams go up in smoke. If hydroxychloroquine turns out to be a safe and effective way of treating Covid-19 (as multiple studies and the experience in many other countries outside of the US indicate it may be) then there is much less reason for anyone to receive a vaccine for it, let alone the entire world’s population. Likewise, there is no pressing need to develop a new, more expensive treatment.

But even more than that: If it turns out that hydroxychloroquine is after all a safe and effective treatment for Covid-19, then this whole episode – the silencing of dissenting voices, the “fact-checking” on social media, the campaigns against “misinformation” – will be revealed in plain sight, for what it has always been: Nothing more than a well-funded marketing campaign and damage-control effort on behalf of the industry that wants you to believe that you need to use its expensive products in order to go on living.

 

So when a group of doctors took to the steps of the US Supreme Court and told the world how they were having success using a cheap anti-malarial that had been in use for 65 years to treat the most deadly contagion of our generation, it was a massive blow to the narrative upon which the pharmaceutical purveyors’ success depends. And over the next few days, as viewers engaged in a race with the censors, quickly downloading videos before they were removed, to post them on other platforms… it became clear that the censors and the gatekeepers had lost control of the conversation.

This is not only about hydroxychloroquine. Every time media outlets or social-media platforms engage in outright censorship of content, in a way that happens to benefit pharmaceutical companies, both parties lose just a little more credibility. The actions we are witnessing now are not the actions of an industry confident in the value of what it provides to the world. They are the actions of a desperate, threatened creature. They are the actions of an entity that is not strengthened by the truth, but weakened by it. That is what these (increasingly obvious) acts of censorship tell us. What we are witnessing are the pangs of a lumbering, wounded, behemoth.

[Comment: Just a reminder that US President Trump defunded the WHO because of their corruption and incompentance.]

Something Fishy Going On Between the C-D-C & The W.H.O…If Not Then Why Did This Just Happen!

Lisa Haven 22September2020

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It’s High Time Someone Spoke Up

Devash 25 July 2020 – 5 Av 5780 http://palmtreeofdeborah.blogspot.com/2020/07/its-high-time-someone-spoke-up.html

Shavua tov!

Sharing an important development as posted to Facebook:

Breaking news:

A prominent rabbinic court in Israel under the leadership of Rabbi Bentzion Wosner and Rabbi N Nussbaum of Beit Shemesh issued a stern rabbinic proclamation.

Loose translation:

Under the grace of G-d
Thursday, 2 Menachem Av (July 23, ‘20)

To our fellow Jews in every place

We stand presently in days of confusion and crisis, in which wicked governments impose their heavy yoke upon the G-d-fearing with all sorts of strange decrees: closures of houses of study and worship, shutdown of schools and yeshivot, decrees over ritual baths to prevent purity from the Jewish people. At their right hand stands the so-called “religious” parties to support them in these nefarious deeds of destruction.

To all these unscrupulous individuals we say:

Fear from the Day of Judgement! Do you not know that there is judgment and a Judge, and for all these things G-d will bring you to justice.

How could you not have trembled when you agreed to the closure of Talmud Torah, schools where children learn Torah? (Do you not know that) upon the merit of the breath of these holy children the world owes its existence?

Furthermore, innumerable testimonies have been presented before the Rabbinic Court attesting that the entire decree concerning masks is for vanity and uselessness, and is not necessary from a medical point of view. It is merely a decree concocted by “the wicked who rage like the turbulent sea and cannot rest, casting up mud and dirt” (Isaiah 57:20).

One should regard this decree like sandal straps for which a Jew must risk his life during a time of shmad (religious persecution — see Sanhedrin 74b). And there is no greater “time of shmad” than the present.

Woe to us that such a scourge has arisen in our times.

The one who heeds our call will dwell safely, and no evil will befall his household.

Signed and stamped by the Rabbinical Court.

Via Rabbi Michoel Green

A prominent rabbinic court in Israel under the leadership of Rabbi Bentzion Wosner and Rabbi N Nussbaum of Beit Shemesh issued a stern rabbinic proclamation.

A prominent rabbinic court in Israel under the leadership of Rabbi Bentzion Wosner and Rabbi N Nussbaum of Beit Shemesh issued a stern rabbinic proclamation.

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Israel’s Covid mystery

HCQ was banned for Covid patients by the WHO on the basis of late stage trials. But doctors claim it worked in early stage usage. Opinion.


[Comment: Why is Israel listening to totally corrupt organizations of stead of it’s local Doctors and Rabbis? Follow the Money!]

Hydroxychloroquine, evidence of efficacy

Dr. John Campbell 27August2020


Barry Shaw , 23September2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/287773
Israel congratulated itself on coming through the Wuhan virus pandemic with flying colors. By the end of June, with only 300 plus deaths, we were king of the world. We were allowed to go about our normal daily lives. And then we were hit again. Big time. The death rate rocketed to over 1200.

Why? What did we do differently?

They said we were partying, getting married, gathering to pray, going to the beach. But we were doing all that before. So why the difference?

We were never given the answer. Instead, they decided to appoint a health czar, called him the Projector, gave him the keys to the castle, including budget, ministries, laboratories, hospitals, the health clinics, even the army, to flatten the second curve. The politicians promised to stay in the background.

First, The Projector turned the country into traffic light zones. Those with the highest infection rate were zoned red and required to be quarantined. Made sense, until it was discovered that the vast majority of the red zones, fully 80%, were either Arab or Orthodox towns, and that caused resistance – never mind the high morbidity in those sectors.

These places, The Projector said, must be placed in immediate lockdown. Then all hell let loose. Politics reared its inevitable head. Knesset meetings became riots. Factions which the Prime Minister depended for his support, and those that opposed him, began banging on his door. He could not win so he did what any politician would do. He threw The Projector’s plan out the window and decreed a national lockdown of three weeks coinciding with the Jewish High Holidays encompassing Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

It began on the Friday afternoon before the traditional New Year’s eve to prevent mass family gatherings. But innovative defiant Israelis moved Rosh Hashanah festivities a day earlier and held their family gatherings on Thursday night instead of Friday. Brilliant.

Thousands of Jews rushed to test centers before heading to Ben Gurion Airport and flying from red Israel to green pastures rather than remain in lockdown for weeks. Some booked indefinite one way tickets.

Lots of TV chatter. Lots of ink splashed in pages of news media.

Silence about the biggest mystery of all.

Why are more people becoming seriously ill and dying than before?

Why do we now have over 1,300 deaths when, in the peak of the first curve, our mortality rate was just over 300? Why the over 400% difference?

It isn’t due to greater testing because people got sick, even without testing, in the first wave.

Officials and pundits talk endlessly about testing, social distancing, lockdown, but little else. They are worried about hospitals and laboratories becoming overloaded with seriously infected patients.

But no one is talking about how to stop early stage sufferers from deteriorating into hospitalization and worse.

Are our local doctors and clinics being allowed to do everything possible to stop early stage patients from becoming hospitalized and dying?

The answer is no. They are not. In fact, these first-line physicians, who have intimate professional contact with their patients, are being prevented from what might lead to treating them successfully.

Were Israeli doctors prescribing something in the first wave that prevented massive mortality figures they are not prescribing now?

The answer is yes.

Local doctors and clinics are being prevented from prescribing a drug that worked before, but is banned now. The drug that dare not speak its name is hydroxychloroquine. Medical experts are forbidden on social media to mention its name. Some have been fired from their professional for daring to suggest that this drug, in combination with others, has saved countless lives.

Now that ban has been placed on Israeli local physicians, and more people are dying.

HCQ is a drug that received global official status use for a number of illnesses and diseases. It has a remarkable sixty-year safety record. But overnight, it became the devil’s potion.

Many hundreds of doctors and thousands of patients who swear to its efficacy when used on early stage sufferers in the right dose and in combination with other medications such as zinc and azithromycin, have been pilloried and banned from expressing their data and from sharing their experiences.

Professional physicians, in intimate contact with their private patients, are treated like heretics.

The authorities say HCQ failed late stage clinical trials. They claim it left a few patients with heart irregularities, a claim refuted by many experts, including Dr. Harvey Risch, Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, who is highly critical about how badly the clinical trials were conducted.

After studying the clinical trials, he concluded, among the things, that they applied the drug incorrectly, even in dangerously high dosages, often not in combination with other drugs, to patients who had little chance of surviving with any drug.

Professor Risch is an ardent advocate for the application of HCQ in combination with other medications to early stage patients, as is Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, an Orthodox American physician, who came up with the Zelenko Protocol which details, for local doctors and clinics dealing with early stage Covid patients, how to prescribe and monitor patients starting in the first five days of contracting the coronavirus.

Professor Risch records and analyses the successes and failures of treating early stage Covid patients and is convinced in his judgment that HCQ, in combination with other drugs, is a safe and efficient method of preventing the debilitating effect of the coronavirus.

This early stage treatment was pioneered successfully in France by virologist Didier Raoult, who successfully treated hundreds of Covid patients, before he was pilloried as being a quack by Big Pharma.

Hydroxychloroquine was banned for Covid patients by the World Health Organization on the basis of these failed late stage trials. But the WHO recommends paracetamol, a drug that has not undergone clinical trials for Covid patients, and is known to have serious side effects. This is not only hypocritical, but highly suspect. And the WHO itself is suspect – as Donald Trump said in his UN speech.

Which begs the question. Why the difference?

This troubling discrepancy was brought home to me when I interviewed Dr. Rob Elens, a local physician with a busy clinic in the south of Holland.

Dr. Elens had an initial twenty-five patients who came down with Covid. They were prescribed with the Dutch health authorities recommendation, namely paracetamol and isolation.

The condition of all twenty-five worsened. All were hospitalized. Twelve of his patients died.

Dr. Elens, a compassionate doctor, was gravely concerned that something better could have saved his patients’ lives. So he did what any self-respecting doctor would do. He went in search of the science and came across the Zelenko Protocol, a tried and tested derivative of several doctors’ experiences in helping their early stage patients get over Covid.

So, when his next infected patient came along he offered him the choice of the official track or the drug combination of zinc, HCQ and azithromycin. Dr. Elens monitored the patient hourly and was pleased to discover that his patient responded well to the treatment and recovered completely within three days.

The doctor repeated the same medication in the required doses with his next nine early stage patients. All recovered quickly. But when he reported his successful cases to the Dutch medical authorities he received a warning to desist.

In my video “Covid, and the drug that dare not speak its name,” the now defiant Dr. Elens responded by saying of his patients, “Better illegally alive, than legally dead.”

A June comparative study, carried out into Covid-19 patients by the Saudi national fever clinics, concluded that early intervention of a HCQ-based therapy in mild to moderate COVID-19 patients was associated with lower odds of hospitalization, ICU admission and/or death.

And why, if it is so important to prevent our hospital system from being overwhelmed, are we not having a public conversation on the prevention of the use of a drug that dare not speak its name, but about which so many physicians and renowned specialists swear to its efficacy?

This is a legitimate questions that demands answers at such a critical time.

Barry Shaw, Senior Associate, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

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Israel’s Sheba Medical Center Develops Telemedicine to Limit Coronavirus Spread

by JNS.org 12February2020-https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/02/12/israels-sheba-medical-center-develops-telemedicine-to-limit-coronavirus-spread/

The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – As fears of the growing coronavirus endemic increase worldwide, Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, has developed a groundbreaking way to treat potential patients without risking the health of hospital staff and other patients.

Using a Vici telemedicine system, designed by virtual health-care company Intouch Health, the robot-like apparatus can be controlled by doctors and nurses to enter the infected patient’s room and even monitor the patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate.

“This is one way to use telemedicine to protect our staff,” said Dr. Galia Barkai, head of Telemedicine Services at Sheba Medical Center. “By minimizing direct contact between the patients and medical personnel, we reduce the percentage risk of health-care staff contracting the virus.”

While coronavirus has not yet spread to Israel, Sheba is also prepared with a number of isolation rooms in case multiple patients are infected at the same time in an effort to protect staff and other patients from risk of infection.

“Although we don’t have any positive patients in Israel, we are always dealing with suspected patients and preparing for the worst-case scenario,” said Barkai. “So, we are creating all these systems to help us deal with the occasion when we might have to deal with many patients.”

Sheba will also use the telemedicine application Datos to help treat coronavirus patients who are not as critically ill. This application allows medical professionals to monitor patients from the comfort and isolation of their own homes.

“We would give them our telemedicine application and communicate with them via video at least twice a day,” she said. “This would allow them to stay more comfortably in their homes and reduce risk within the hospital.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the outbreak of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and that continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of infections, with reports of more than 1,000 deaths in mainland China having been caused by the respiratory ailment.

At a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO), said “one clinical trial is already on the way” in China in an attempt to find a cure to the novel coronavirus. He adding that WHO was working with Chinese authorities to implement further clinical trials.
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Dear millennials (and Gen Z too): You’re also likely to be seriously infected by the coronavirus, says new report

19March2020 by: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-19-dear-millennials-youre-likely-to-be-seriously-infected-by-coronavirus.html

(Natural News) Most reports about COVID-19 focused on how the elderly were at greater risk from the virus. However, new reports are indicating that younger age groups, such as millennials and Gen Z, are vulnerable as well.

During the White House daily briefing on the pandemic, U.S. coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx expressed concern that there would be a disproportionate number of infections among younger generations. This came after reports had arrived from Europe that indicated that some members of these age groups are getting seriously from the disease.

“There are concerning reports coming out of France and Italy about some young people getting seriously ill, and very seriously ill, in the ICU,” said Birx.

Not just the elderly at risk

So far, the majority of deaths from COVID-19 have been from the elderly as well as those underlying health conditions. As such, health officials worldwide have put more focus on the risks that the outbreak poses to these people, than to younger ones like millennials and Gen Z. This seems to have given the latter generations a false sense of security, making them pay less heed to calls to avoid public gatherings and observe social distancing.

“We think part of this may be that people heeded the early data coming out of China and coming out of South Korea about the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions were at particular risk,” stated Birx.

President Donald Trump also weighed in with his own message for young people, some of whom believe that the dangers of the coronavirus have been overblown. He called on younger generations to avoid large gatherings not just to protect themselves, but to protect their loved ones as well.

“I don’t know if you felt invincible when you were very young, but they were feeling totally invincible, or are feeling that way, but they don’t realize that they could be carrying lots of bad things home to grandmother and grandfather and even their parents. So, we want them to heed the advice,” stated the president.

The calls for caution come as thousands of American college students refuse to let the COVID-19 outbreak get in the way of spring break. The annual break traditionally sees American college students going to beaches in Florida and even Mexico.

Deaths among the young are still low

Despite the calls for caution, Birx reassured Americans that there have not been significant numbers of deaths among young people.

“We have not seen any significant mortality in the children,” said Birx. “But we are concerned about the early reports coming out of Italy and France. So again, I’m going to call on that generation … not only calling on you to heed what’s in the guidance, but to really ensure that each and every one of you are protecting each other.”

Younger generations tend to “stare down” problems

The reasons younger generations may be continuing to go out, ignoring calls for social distancing may be more than just from early reports stating that the elderly were more at risk. These younger generations’ nonchalant attitude towards the outbreak may also be down to psychology.

“Every generation will react differently [to COVID-19] based on the experiences that generation has had,” stated Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of the nonprofit Mental Health America (MHA).

Gionfriddo says that these younger generations tend to “stare down” problems as coping or survival mechanism. This, he says, could be why millennials continue to go out to bars and restaurants despite the threat of the disease.

Studies have already suggested that millennials are actually more stressed than other generations, giving them the nickname “the worry generation.” Meanwhile, a 2018 survey by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) shows that Gen Z are more likely to report poor mental health than other generations.

“When you tack on something like [COVID-19], you’re basically not going to see as dramatic a change in their outlook, because the generation is already so stressed,” stated Gionfriddo.

That said, Gionfriddo stated that it’s important that everyone, regardless of their age, understand that the threat of COVID-19 is real and should be taken seriously.

Sources include:

News.Sky.com

NYPost.com

CNBC.com

Psychiatry.org

APA.org

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Iceland study identifies coronavirus mutations, says people may be infected by multiple waves of variants

27March2020 by: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-27-coronavirus-mutations-multiple-infections.html

(Natural News) Genetic sequencing of swabs from nearly 10,000 people in Iceland, where 648 cases have been reported as of Tuesday, has revealed 40 different mutations in the novel coronavirus. Sequencing results also revealed that a person may be infected by two variants of the virus.

Researchers at deCODE genetics, a private biopharmaceutical company based in Reykjavik, have been assisting local health authorities in conducting tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. But they were also performing genetic analyses of collected samples in hopes of understanding how the virus spread in the small Icelandic community. Iceland’s population exceeds 364,000 by only a small margin.

Speaking to Danish news outlet Dagbladet Information, Kari Stefansson, the CEO of deCODE genetics, said that the mutations were specific to their countries of origin. Hence they served as genetic signatures, which allowed the researchers to trace the infection back to three groups: Icelanders who were infected in Italy, in Austria, and in the United Kingdom.

“We have the genes from more than 400 infections. The interesting thing about that sequencing is that we can track where the virus came from. Some came from Austria. There is another type from people who were infected in Italy. And there is a third type of virus found in people infected in England. Seven people had attended a football match in England,” Stefansson shared.

Infection by more than one variant of the novel coronavirus is possible

The samples used for the sequencing project came from 9,768 people, who were either confirmed to be infected, showing symptoms of illness or living in high-risk areas. Since the first coronavirus case in Iceland was announced on February 28, health officials have reported two deaths — a 70-year-old woman, who was considered the first Icelandic casualty, and an Australian tourist, whose death has been linked to COVID-19 by preliminary autopsy.

Researchers at deCODE genetics also collected samples from an additional 5,571 volunteers, who neither had any symptoms nor were at risk of COVID-19 at the time of testing. Of the more than 5,000 samples, 48 returned with positive results. But these people, the researchers noted, showed no symptoms of any kind. On the other hand, genetic analyses of the nearly 10,000 samples revealed 40 location-specific mutations that linked them genetically to coronavirus infections in other countries.

The researchers also found evidence of a single person being infected by two variants of the novel coronavirus. While one variant had already undergone mutation, the other was genetically the same as before the mutation occurred. According to Stefansson, the only infections that could be traced to the doubly-infected individual were those caused by the mutated virus.

A silver lining due to nature and mutations

The discovery in Iceland may be new, but it was not the first report to emerge of the coronavirus mutating. Allan Randrup Thomsen, a virologist and professor at the University of Copenhagen, was not surprised by the finding, as the novel coronavirus, he says, is known to mutate “reasonably violently.”

“We have seen reports of variants from China already. In that way, it fits well with what one expects,” he told Dagbladet Information

On March 03, a study published in the journal National Science Review reported how mutations and natural selection led to the development of a more aggressive variant of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in China. According to the researchers behind the study, this variant, which they dubbed the L type, was able to spread more quickly and replicate at a faster rate than the original S type.

Genetic analyses of samples from infected patients in Wuhan also showed that during the early stages of the outbreak, the L type was more prevalent than the S type. However, the L type’s frequency decreased after early January due to “severe selective pressure” placed by human medical intervention. Hence the older and less-aggressive S type eventually became the more predominant type of SARS-CoV-2.

Thomsen expects a slightly similar thing to occur around the world. The novel coronavirus, he said, is behaving by the book; and at the rate it is mutating, he predicts it will evolve into a more contagious but less pathogenic version of itself. (Related: Asia braces for new wave of coronavirus infections, more countries to see spikes in caseloads.)

“It’s similar to the pattern we see with the flu, and we can live with that. I’m not saying that this is how all variants get, but there is a tendency for it to develop that way. This means that viruses can infect more because it is better adapted, but it is not the disease-causing virus variants that survive. These are the variants that cause less disease,” he explained.

Dr. Derek Gatherer, an infectious disease specialist at Lancaster University in the U.K., echoed Thomsen’s sentiments. He, too, believes that the virus will become more contagious but won’t cause severe symptoms, as the variants responsible for those may die out. However, Gatherer said that this may take a couple of years to occur.

Sources include:

NYPost.com

Information.dk

IcelandReview.com

Academic.OUP.com

IBTimes.sg

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Ibuprofen exacerbates coronavirus

Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone, ...) could be an aggravating factor of the infection

DO NOT Take Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxan, Diclofenac, Advil, Motrin Or Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Corticosteroids include prednisone, cortisone, and methylprednisolone.

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Ibuprofen exacerbates coronavirus disease

World Health Organization recommends using paracetamol to treat coronavirus symptoms, instead of anti-inflammatories. Here’s why.

Mordechai Sones, 18March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277457

The World Health Organization has recommended that people suffering from the symptoms of the virus avoid taking ibuprofen drugs such as Advil. Instead, the organization suggests taking paracetamol, such as Acamol (Tylenol).

They studied why the disease pathway in Italy is more serious, finding that most patients took ibuprofen at home. Researchers joined the virus and ibuprofen in the laboratory and came to the conclusion that administering ibuprofen accelerates multiplication of the virus and is related to a more serious course of the disease. They recommend to avoid ibuprofen and to administer paracetamol, aspirin, diclofenac.

Consultant Pediatrician in London John Greenwood was quoted as saying: “We have just been sent a medical alert that no one is to use anti-inflammatories (e.g. Ibruprofen, Voltarol, naproxen, and others) for pain or high temperature. Use paracetamol instead. There seems to be a link between severe cases of COVID-19 affecting young people with no underlying illnesses and taking anti-inflammatories. Initial reports started coming from French doctors on Friday. This has been confirmed by infectious diseases consultants here – there are four young people in ICU in Cork who have no underlying illnesses – all were taking anti-inflammatories and there are concerns this has caused a more severe illness.”

A Lancet article entitled Are patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus at increased risk for COVID-19 infection? says: “Human pathogenic coronaviruses (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus [SARS-CoV] and SARS-CoV-2) bind to their target cells through angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which is expressed by epithelial cells of the lung, intestine, kidney, and blood vessels.”

“The expression of ACE2 is substantially increased in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who are treated with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II type-I receptor blockers (ARBs). Hypertension is also treated with ACE inhibitors and ARBs, which results in an upregulation of ACE2.5 ACE2 can also be increased by thiazolidinediones and ibuprofen. Suggest that ACE2 expression is increased in diabetes and treatment with ACE inhibitors and ARBs increases ACE2 expression. Consequently, the increased expression of ACE2 would facilitate infection with COVID-19.

“We therefore hypothesize that diabetes and hypertension treatment with ACE2-stimulating drugs increases the risk of developing severe and fatal COVID-19.”

Important French announcement

Dr. John Campbell • 16March2020
French Health Minister, Olivier Vèran”The taking of Anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, cortisone) could be a factor in aggravating the infection.”

Reducing fever, good or bad

Dr. John Campbell • 17March2020

Reducing fever, Part 2

Dr. John Campbell • 19March2020

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Authoritarianism In The Age Of Pseudoscience

by Tyler Durden 09May2020 https://www.zerohedge.com/health/authoritarianism-age-pseudoscience

Authored by Colin Todhunter via Off-Guardian.org,

Following the court decision in the US to award in favour of Dewayne Johnson (exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, caused Johnson to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma), attorney Robert Kennedy Jr said at the post-trial press conference:

The corruption of science, the falsification of science, and we saw all those things happen here. This is a company (Monsanto) that used all of the plays in the playbook developed over 60 years by the tobacco industry to escape the consequences of killing one of every five of its customers… Monsanto… has used those strategies…”

Johnson’s lawyers argued over the course of the month-long trial in 2018 that Monsanto had “fought science” for years and targeted academics who spoke up about possible health risks of the herbicide product.

Monsanto Roundup sign near crops

Long before the Johnson case, critics of Monsanto were already aware of the practices the company had engaged in for decades to undermine science. At the same time, Monsanto and its lobbyists had called anyone who questioned the company’s ‘science’ as engaging in pseudoscience and labelled them ‘anti-science’.

We need look no further than the current coronavirus issue to understand how vested interests are set to profit by spinning the crisis a certain way and how questionable science is again being used to pursue policies that are essentially ‘unscientific’ – governments, the police and the corporate media have become the arbiters of ‘truth’.

Health Ranger DECLARES: End the LOCKDOWNS; launch the TAKEDOWNS

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What directions to go with science

We also see anyone challenging the policies and the ‘science’ being censored on social media or not being given a platform on TV and accused of engaging in ‘misinformation’.

It’s the same old playbook.

The case-fatality ratio for COVID-19 is so low as to make the lockdown response wholly disproportionate. Yet we are asked to blindly accept government narratives and the policies based on them.

Making an entire country go home and stay home has immense, incalculable costs in terms of well-being and livelihoods. This itself has created a pervasive sense of panic and crisis and is largely a result of the measures taken against the ‘pandemic’ and not of the virus itself.

Certain epidemiologists have said there is very little sturdy evidence to base lockdown policies on, but this has not prevented politicians from acting as if everything they say or do is based on solid science.

The lockdown would not be merited if we were to genuinely adopt a knowledge-based approach. If we look at early projections by Neil Ferguson of Imperial College in the UK, he had grossly overstated the number of possible deaths resulting from the coronavirus and has now backtracked substantially.

Ferguson has a chequered track record, which led UK newspaper The Telegraph to run a piece entitled ‘How accurate was the science that led to lockdown?’ The article outlines Ferguson’s previous flawed predictions about infectious diseases and a number of experts raise serious questions about the modelling that led to lockdown in the UK.

Ferguson’s previous modelling for the spread of epidemics was so off the mark that it may beggar believe that anyone could have faith in anything he says, yet he remains part of the UK government’s scientific advisory group. Officials are now talking of ‘easing’ lockdowns, but Ferguson warns that lockdown in the UK will only be lifted once a vaccine for COVID-19 has been found.

It raises the question: when will Ferguson be held to account for his current and previously flawed work and his exaggerated predictions? Because, on the basis of his modelling, the UK has been in lockdown for many weeks, the results of which are taking a toll on the livelihoods and well-being of the population which are and will continue to far outweigh the effects of COVID-19.

According to a 1982 academic study, a 1% increase in the unemployment rate will be associated with 37,000 deaths [including 20,000 heart attacks, 920 suicides, 650 homicides], 4,000 state mental hospital admissions and 3,300 state prison admissions.

Consider that by 30 April, in the US alone, 30 million had filed for unemployment benefit since the lockdown began. Between 23 and 30 April, some 3.8 million filed for unemployment benefit. Prior to the current crisis, the unemployment rate was 3.5%. Some predict it could eventually reach 30%.

Ferguson – whose model was the basis for policies elsewhere in addition to the UK – is as much to blame as anyone for the current situation. And it is a situation that has been fuelled by a government and media promoted fear narrative that has had members of the public so afraid of the virus that many have been demanding further restrictions of their liberty by the state in order to ‘save’ them.

Even with the promise of easing the lockdown, people seem to be fearful of venturing out in the near future thanks to the fear campaign they have been subjected to.

Instead of encouraging more diverse, informed and objective opinions in the mainstream, we too often see money and power forcing the issue, not least in the form of Bill Gates who tells the world ‘normality’ may not return for another 18 months – until he and his close associates in the pharmaceuticals industry find a vaccine and we are all vaccinated.

In the UK, the population is constantly subjected via their TV screens to clap for NHS workers, support the NHS and to stay home and save lives on the basis of questionable data and policies. Emotive stuff taking place under a ruling Conservative Party that has cut thousands of hospital beds, frozen staff pay, placed workers on zero-hour contracts and demonised junior doctors.

It is also using the current crisis to accelerate the privatisation of state health care.

In recent weeks, ministers have used special powers to bypass normal tendering and award a string of contracts to private companies and management consultants without open competition.

But if cheap propaganda stunts do not secure the compliance, open threats will suffice. For instance, in the US, city mayors and local politicians have threatened to ‘hunt down’, monitor social media and jail those who break lockdown rules.

Prominent conservative commentator Tucker Carlson asks who gave these people the authority to tear up the US constitution; what gives them the right to threaten voters while they themselves or their families have been exposed as having little regard for lockdown norms. As overhead drones bark out orders to residents, Carlson wonders how the US – almost overnight – transformed into a totalitarian state.

With a compliant media failing to hold tyrannical officials to account, Carlson’s concerns mirror those of Lionel Shriver in the UK, writing in The Spectator, who declares that the supine capitulation of Britain to a de facto police state has been one of the most depressing spectacles he has ever witnessed.

Under the pretext of tracking and tracing the spread of the virus, the UK government is rolling out an app which will let the likes of Apple and Google monitor a person’s every location visited and every physical contact. There seems to be little oversight in terms of privacy.

The contact-tracing app has opted for a centralised model of data collection: all the contact-tracing data is not to be deleted but anonymized and kept under one roof in one central government database for ‘research purposes’.

We may think back to Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of Facebook data to appreciate the potential for data misuse. But privacy is the least concern for governments and the global tech giants in an age where ‘data’ has become monetized as a saleable commodity, with the UK data market the second biggest in the world and valued at over a billion pounds in 2018.

Paranoia is usually the ever-present bedfellow of fear and many people have been very keen to inform the authorities that their neighbours may have been breaking social distancing rules.

Moreover, although any such opinion poll cannot be taken at face value and could be regarded as part of the mainstream fear narrative itself, a recent survey suggests that only 20% of Britons are in favour of reopening restaurants, schools, pubs and stadiums.

Is this to be the new ‘normal’, whereby fear, mistrust, division and suspicion are internalized throughout society? In an age of fear and paranoia, are we all to be ‘contact traced’ and regarded by others as a ‘risk’ until we prove ourselves by wearing face masks and by voluntarily subjecting ourselves to virus tests at the entrances to stores or in airports?

And if we refuse or test positive, are we to be shamed, isolated and forced to comply by being ‘medicated’ (vaccinated and chipped)?

Is this the type of world that’s soon to be regarded as ‘normal’?

A world in which liberty and fundamental rights mean nothing. A world dominated by shaming and spurious notions of personal responsibility that are little more than ideological constructs of a hegemonic narrative which labels rational thinking people as ‘anti-science’ – a world in which the scourge of authoritarianism reigns supreme.

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As this article was going to press, it was announced that Neil Ferguson is resigning from his role as science advisor to Boris Johnson’s government, in the wake of the allegations he has broken the lockdown rules he himself recommended in order to meet his girlfriend .

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Israel Joins Alliance of Countries that Beat the Coronavirus

By David Israel – 10 Iyyar 5780 – 04May2020 https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israel-joins-alliance-of-countries-that-beat-the-coronavirus/2020/05/04/

Security guard checks the temperature of customers at the entrance to the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, May 04, 2020.

Security guard checks the temperature of customers at the entrance to the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, May 04, 2020.

Israel is joining a new initiative led by Austria that brings together small countries that have basically defeated the coronavirus epidemic. These countries aim to open their borders in order to save the tourism industry and revive their economies.

The first meeting of the Alliance of Immunized Countries was held online last week and brought together Denmark, Greece, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Israel. And the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz is promoting an idea that includes the opening of borders between safe states in the near future.

It will begin with allowing tourism and tourism trade to come back from its suspended animation, Kurtz told Austrian media, following a meeting with several world leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Our countries have responded quickly to the pandemic, and we are now in better shape.”

The states in question are in agreement that, in the context of opening their borders, they would take effective measures against the spread of the coronavirus, such as the obligation to wear masks, as well as the establishment of a quick and simple testing protocol.

Israel has been in the forefront of these efforts, as the MDA in collaboration with the IDF have come up with a mobile testing unit that is easy to assemble, can be relocated quickly on a truck bed, and is perfectly safe for the testing staff.
MDA mobile unit for coronavirus samples / Gil Cohen, MDA

MDA mobile unit for coronavirus samples / Gil Cohen, MDA

MDA mobile unit for coronavirus samples / Gil Cohen, MDA

It has also been reported that common hygiene measures would be agreed on between the states, such as the requirement to wear masks during flights, and even the possibility of rapid blood tests to detect the virus onboard flights.

The bloc is already working on a roadmap to open its international borders to its member states, according to the WSJ, affirming that certain countries could receive tourists from member countries in the coming weeks.

The deal contradicts the very idea of the European Union’s 1985 Schengen Agreement, which led to the creation of Europe’s Schengen Area, in which internal border checks have largely been abolished. Should Austria establish a selective reopening of its borders, preferring Israel over, say, Italy, where the pandemic is still killing tens of thousands, it would upset the remaining members of the 27-country EU. Which is why they are currently opposed to the Israeli-European initiative.

Germany, which has so far been relatively successful in containing the coronavirus epidemic, has announced that it does not wish to participate in the Kurtz forum, should it be invited.

Chancellor Kurtz has been interviewed on German media in recent weeks, and said he planns to open the Austrian border to German tourism, but on Sunday, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced that “it is too early to discuss the issue.” Germany has announced that it would maintain its closed borders through mid-June.

Austria’s economy has taken a harsh beating from the early closing of ski season, and is now hoping to capitalize on summer tourism in the Austrian Alps. Next on the Chancellor’s sights are Australia and Singapore.

The exclusive club’s leaders have agreed to continue meeting online every two weeks. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen congratulated the Austrian initiative, and said she accepts that “the EU is a very important framework, but I think this global alliance is very attractive because it brings together countries from around the world around the discussion table.”

And it keeps out countries where the pandemic is still very much alive and kicking.

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‘Without agriculture, Israel has no independence’

President Rivlin visits Gaza area and meets with local farmers dealing with the consequences of the coronavirus.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 13May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/280189

President Reuven Rivlin in Wheat Field Gaza vicinity

President Reuven Rivlin in Wheat Field Gaza vicinity

President Reuven Rivlin today, Wednesday, visited the farmers of the area around Gaza. The president began his visit at Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha with local farmers who are dealing with a new reality created by the coronavirus pandemic, and continued his visit to the Hinoman factory, which produces Mankai duckweed, at Kibbutz Be’eri. Before he left, he began the wheat harvesting season in the fields of Kibbutz Sa’ad.

The president’s first stop was at the corn and sunflower seeds next to Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, where he heard about the agricultural produce of the area around Gaza and the recent problems. The president was accompanied on his visit by head of the Eshkol Regional Council Gadi Yarkoni and farmers Dan Weizman from Ein Habsor, Lior Katri from Moshav Ohad, Galil Nachum from Moshav Mivtachim, Yohanan Kopler from Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, Yedidia Hochman from Moshav Bnei Netzarim, Orna Eisenstein from Kibbutz Magen and Shmuel Blaberman from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak.

Currently, the agricultural produce from Eshkol Regional council represents about 60% of demand from the domestic market in Israel. In the area around Gaza, which the president referred to as ‘surrounding Israel’, typical Israeli fruit and vegetables are grown: cucumbers, zucchini, eggplants, lettuce, herbs, cabbage, watermelon, melons, pineapple, strawberries, avocado and more.

Speaking to the farmers, the president said, “Coronavirus has opened our eyes to things that were once taken for granted, and we simply forgot them. For example, the importance of the foundations of this country, one of which is agriculture. The phrase ‘buy blue and white’ had some importance, and we knew that we could always take best care of ourselves and we were proud of it. Over time, market forces and economic issues have led the way, but these days remind us of the fundamentals. Israel’s independence is the most important thing, and without agriculture, Israel has no independence. From here I ask you, Israeli citizens, buy blue and white. Buy Israeli produce. Buy the wonderful produce here.”

The president continued his visit to the agrifood-tech Hinoman company at the greenhouses of Kibbutz Be’eri, where he was shown Mankai duckweed, a green leafy vegetable dubbed ‘the future of food’ after eight years of research and international investment. Mankai is grown in the largest greenhouse pools of their kind in the world, using a growing environment controlled by sensors, a computerized system and a secret fertilizer formula. This is a new kind of agriculture, needing no earth, using minimal quantities of water and lighting and without human workers.

Mankai contains protein identical in profile to that found in eggs, a high level of iron and an ideal quantity of Omega-3, dietary fiber and vitamins to help strengthen the immune system. They have all been scientifically proven to be digestible by humans.

CEO of Hinoman Ron Salpeter explained “this green super-vegetable is perfectly nutritious and produced by unique technology that we developed in a way to ensure consistency and positive impact on physical performance. Leading research institutes around the world see Mankai as an opportunity for a real revolution in the quality of food and a contribution to physical resilience. We have all seen recently how much we rely on our immune system to deal with the corona pandemic. The idea of eating what we are used to, but in a way that is healthier, is a true revolution.”

At the end of his visit to the Gaza area, the president began the wheat harvest season in the fields of Kibbutz Sa’ad, accompanied by the field manager Chaim Landsman and wheat grower Yehuda Nir. Yehuda drove the combine harvester with the president sitting in the cab, and together they began harvesting this season’s wheat with hopes of bumper yields and security.

Head of Eshkol Regional Council Gadi Yarkoni: “We are so excited to welcome the president to our fields and to begin the harvest with him. During these months, with the coronavirus pandemic breaking out, the State of Israel has been given a serious reminder of the importance of Israeli agriculture for the resilience and food security of its people. We have been blessed with a president who is connected to agriculture, who appreciates and knows Israeli farming, who gives us the strength to continue, despite the challenges.”
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Some Israeli clinics said to start using new, quick ultrasound coronavirus test

Maccabi HMO reported to operate test that rapidly helps discover asymptomatic patients, first in COVID-19 hotspots and soon throughout the country

By TOI staff 14 May 2020 https://www.timesofisrael.com/some-israeli-clinics-said-to-start-using-new-ultrasound-coronavirus-test/

Star Trek Medical Tricorder old and new tech

Star Trek Medical Tricorder old and new tech

Portable Digital Ultrasound Machine Scanner System

Portable Digital Ultrasound Machine Scanner System

Star Trek Medical Tricorders May be invented in Israel

An Israeli health maintenance organization (HMO) has started using a new sort of test to immediately discover coronavirus carriers even if they aren’t experiencing outward symptoms, a report said Thursday.Patients of the Maccabi HMO can now undergo a special ultrasound test that scans their lungs and detects effects typically caused by the respiratory virus, Channel 12 reported, citing Maccabi officials.The officials were quoted as saying the small, portable ultrasound kit called “Focus” had already helped discover several asymptomatic patients, and that several who tested negative were re-diagnosed with COVID-19.

One of them is a special education teacher who had caught the virus but was no longer showing symptoms and was cleared by a testing lab as recovered. Her test, taken out of caution before returning to work, revealed she still had the virus, according to Dr. Eran Shankar, who manages the Bnei Brak clinic.

The machine is currently in use only in virus hotspots such as the ultra-Orthodox cities of Bnei Brak and Elad, and will soon be available throughout the country, according to the report.

“The test saved the need for x-ray tests and the radiation they entail,” Shankar added. “It also prevents the patient being exposed to other patients and staff members who could get infected.”

“This capability allows us to locate the disease, especially in outbreak areas, even in people who seem to be completely healthy,” said Dr. Sharon Hermoni-Alon, head of family medicine at Maccabi.

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BGU professor develops coronavirus test producing results in one minute

Clinical trials done in conjunction with the Defense Ministry on more that 120 Israelis showed better than a 90% success rate in comparison to the more common method.

By CELIA JEAN MAY 14, 2020 https://www.jpost.com/health-science/bgu-professor-develops-coronavirus-test-producing-results-in-one-minute-627944

A new method of testing for the coronavirus that produces results in under a minute and has a success rate of 90% has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Prof. Gabby Sarusi.

In clinical trials done in conjunction with the Defense Ministry on more than 120 Israelis, results showed a success rate greater than 90% in comparison to the more common Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) used in coronavirus testing.

“Right from the beginning of the trials, we received statistically significant results in line with our simulations and PCR tests,” explained Sarusi, deputy head for research at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member of the Electro-Optical Engineering Unit at BGU.

Now that the test has been developed, Sarusi is validating the tests. Ongoing trials aim to determine if the test can identify the specific stage someone with the coronavirus may be afflicted with.

“We are continuing clinical trials and will compare samples from COVID-19 patients with samples from patients with other diseases to see if we can identify the different stages of the COVID-19 infection,” said Sarusi.

The testing method consists of doctors taking a biological sample, such as particles from a breath test or from throat and nose swabs, such as ones already used for current tests. The samples are then placed on a chip with sensors designed specifically for this purpose.

The system then analyzes the biological sample and provides an accurate positive/negative result within a minute via a cloud-connected system. The point-of-care device automatically backs up the results into a database that can be shared by authorities, making it easier than ever to track the course of the virus, as well as to triage and treat patients.

While other rapid testing methods have been developed and are in use, producing them is costly, limiting their availability. This test is cheaper, making it more easily available. Each test kit would cost between $50 to $100 to produce, far more affordable than current laboratory testing.

Current coronavirus test kits are based on amplifying and identifying the viral RNA sequences, and therefore depend on costly reagents and biochemical reactions.

Additionally, PCR-based kits take hours, and in many cases days, to yield results, and require logistically complicated shipping and handling of sensitive and infectious biological samples.

Sarusi developed his chip within the framework of BGU’s Coronavirus Task Force, which was brought together by BGU president Prof. Daniel Chamovitz in order to utilize the university’s resources to tackle the effects of the coronavirus.

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Deaths during 1918 spanish flu Pandemic

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Health Ministry No. 2: Virus restrictions eased early, new spike to come

Prof. Itamar Grotto says government must decide if it is willing to see an increase in infections as the economy reopens, warns resumption of cultural and sporting events is still at least six months away

Alexandra Lukash | Published: 20April2020 https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJLqg7iO8
Coronavirus-global infection rate

Health Ministry No. 2 Professor Itamar Grotto said Monday he believed coronavirus restrictions have been eased too soon by the government and predicted a spike in cases of COVID-19.

On Sunday, Israel eased its restrictions on public life, allowing certain shops and businesses to reopen, increased public prayer gatherings and use of mikvehs. Educational institutions, workplaces that cannot support social distancing, cultural centers, cafes and restaurants and malls remain closed.

“The number of confirmed cases has been on the decline and the restrictions that were in place were working,” Grotto told Ynet. “It is up to the government to decide if it is willing to risk a rise in the number of infections.”

Grotto said that aside from Bnei Brak, Haredi neighborhoods in Jerusalem and the town of Deir el-Asad in the north, there are currently no hotspots of coronavirus outbreaks, but warned that may change.

“We will respond to any eventuality. We monitor the situation daily,” he said.

“The public’s behavior is key,” Grotto said. “And rather than imposing restrictions on the whole country we can perhaps be more surgical in our actions. I think we have the tools necessary to do so with the intelligence gathering and enforcement at our disposal.”

According to Grotto, the ministry is evaluating the level of risk after some restrictions had been lifted after the government voted on Sunday to allow more people to work and some shops to open.

“The question remains what risks the public is ready to take,” he said. “Sometimes hearing about people who have died can bring about a change in perception and policy.”

Grotto insisted that sporting events and team sports must be halted for at least six months because of the close physical proximity of participants during training, but said that the decision must be reached in consultation with athletes.

Regarding the opening of schools and kindergartens, Grotto also said that more consultation was needed.

“We are studying different models and considering children’s propensity to act as agents of contagion,” he said. “The government must decide how much of a risk it is willing to take, how many more people will need ventilators oeven die.”

“The new regulations will become clear as people realize the risk remains when they leave their homes,” Grotto said. “My son wants to kite surf and there is little risk when he does that but leaving home to go to the beach is the problem.”

More restrictions will be eased in the future Grotto said, but insisted the country is not at the point that malls should be opened or cultural events allowed because crowds would mean more contamination.

“We have to give this more time,” he said.
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Israel will pay dearly for persecuting its Haredi community

Opinion: Ultra-Orthodox Israelis feel discriminated against and cast out by a government that has failed to persuade religious leaders that new coronavirus measures are necessary; these stringent measures will only destroy lives and faith in the authorities

Shoshana Chen | Published: 09September2020

There is all but zero chance that the overnight curfew imposed on communities across Israel will yield the hoped for results.

Such drastic measures require careful planning and execution carried out in full cooperation with local authorities and with public support. None of those prerequisites exist in the current situation because of haphazard preparation and implementation.

Haredi leaders, including Bnei Brak Mayor Avraham Rubinstein, have made their opinions known in a letter to the prime minister that condemned the government’s treatment of their communities. Religious and spiritual leaders were not consulted about the measures and are not convinced that they are justified.

Most students in the religious institutions in the red zones will continue to attend classes, believing that redemption will only come as a result of their devotion to God.

The government has proven to its ultra-Orthodox citizens that they count for nothing, and therefore emotions in these communities are running high.

Rather than the authorities extending much needed assistance and support, both Haredi and Arab communities have been cast out and the rest of the country will be forced to pay the price.

Coronavirus czar Ronni Gamzu claimed that night-time curfews have proven effective around the world. And although I want to believe him, he has presented no evidence on where such successes were registered.

Did Gamzu even take into consideration the impact of this decision on millions of men, women and children whose lives may be destroyed by it.

Was there even one moment of serious discussion before the decision was made? Are all government decisions made in this manner? Is this how ministers decide on employing hordes of personal and parliamentary assistants or purchasing their expensive cars? Do they devote the same lack of attention to their own pay rises?

The “start-up nation” has shown it is incapable of deciding what night-time closures should look like or how they should be enforced. This beggars belief.

No one can convince the residents of Bnei Brak and the other 39 localities that the measures are anything but more abuse of the weakest in our society – the ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities – demonizing them in the eyes of the
rest of the population.

This is a polarizing strategy that will tear Israeli society apart in this time of crisis.

Reports are mouting about Haredi cancer patients or women arriving at hospital to give birth who are being discriminated against by medical personnel and other staff.

Employers are indicating they would rather not have their ultra-Orthodox staff come into the office, in stark contrast to the declared policy of this government to bring more of the community in the workforce.

These worrying trends began during the lockdown imposed last spring and have continued throughout the months of the pandemic. They are increasing and escalating all the time.

Whatever trust existed between Haredi community and the government is gone, and the new measures will do very little to convince people to adhere to Health Ministry restrictions that are vital in the fight against the virus.

This sense of chaos predetermines the failure of the new measures.

Are we to see IDF soldiers going from one house of prayer to another – shutting them down, pulling Jews wrapped in prayer shawls out into the streets, preventing them from celebrating the Jewish New Year?

For if this will be the case, any hope of adherence of health guidelines and directives would be completely destroyed.

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Jerusalem Mayor: Closure will turn neighborhoods into coronavirus incubators

Jerusalem Mayor warns Health Ministry measures to combat coronavirus in haredi neighborhoods may only worsen situation.

Mordechai Sones , 09July2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/283275

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon sent a letter to Health Ministry Deputy Director Prof. Itamar Grotto, expressing his intention to declare a number of neighborhoods in the city as “red neighborhoods” and impose closure on them.

“My unequivocal stance is against the closure,” wrote Leon. “The proposed closure may make the relevant neighborhoods into coronavirus incubators.

“It’s important to stress: Unlike other cities, the neighborhoods in Jerusalem are neighborhoods where tens of thousands of people and families blessed with many children live in crowded apartments, with hundreds of people living in each building. Their hermetic closure will lead to mass infection within the community and make matters worse,” he explained.

In his letter, Leon suggested “opening dedicated commands to be operated by the Municipality and IDF Home Front Command in those neighborhoods and to immediately evacuate every verified patient from home within 24 hours to prevent further infection.”

Later in the letter, Leon referred to the closure of educational institutions and warned that regarding yeshivot gedolot (ages 16-25), “sending tens of thousands of young people home can dramatically increase the disease. At present, there is no way to check the condition of coronavirus patients within the yeshivot and we may send many patients to their homes, where many more families will catch it and cause a huge outbreak in the haredi sector.

“Yeshivot ketanot (9th grade): Yeshivot with dorms should continue in the format of the yeshivot gedolot. Yeshivot without boarding should continue with the ‘capsule’ arrangement, and if someone is found infected, the capsule will be closed immediately and the boys will be sent to their homes for isolation.

“Talmud Torahs (grades 1-8): Ensure the capsule layout is strictly followed by monitoring symptoms and compliance with Health Ministry instructions and closing any capsule where someone in which a carrier is found.”

Leon concluded: “I believe addressing the issue must be systemic, including taking into account the best options for preventing infection and spreading coronavirus. A closure without such solutions will achieve the opposite goal. I urge all government agencies to accelerate prevention activities, including hotels to isolate carriers.”

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‘It’s not over’: Top MDA medic warns Israelis won’t heed rules in 2nd virus wave

Emergency service medical director says that though the state won the battle, it lost support for the wider war by overburdening the public with restrictions

By Nathan Jeffay 13 May 2020 https://www.timesofisrael.com/its-not-over-top-medic-warns-israelis-wont-heed-rules-in-2nd-virus-wave/

Israelis won’t comply with rules like “good children” during any future coronavirus spikes because restrictions were too extreme this time around, the Magen David Adom emergency service’s medical director has claimed.

Refael Strugo told The Times of Israel that there is a premature feeling of victory against the pandemic, for which he blames the state.

“It’s not over,” he said. “It’s the wrong feeling. And I think it’s wrong because of the way the government handled it with the public. The state never told the public it’s going to be a marathon, but rather, like a [short] run.”

Strugo was one of the central figures in Israel’s coronavirus fight for more than two months, as MDA was responsible for testing, home hospitalization of patients and several other key roles. It fulfilled these functions as Israel’s emergency service during the thick of the crisis, and has been increasingly transferring them to health maintenance organizations in recent weeks.

Health Ministry officials have warned repeatedly that they anticipate a second wave, but Strugo believes that due to their policies to date the public won’t step up to the challenge again.

“Because we handled the first wave very early and roughly, I believe we’re going to have a problem with the second wave,” Strugo said, stressing that he thinks a second wave is almost inevitable. “I don’t think the public will listen in the way it did with the first wave.”

He said that in a future outbreak, public cooperation will again be important to ensure that cases don’t spread quickly and health services can avoid a sharp curve.

But he said that after the “harsh” measures used until now, “people won’t act like ‘good children’ as they did in the first wave.”

Strugo commented: “I don’t think the health system will have enough time to prepare for the second wave without the public on our side. And the public is not going to be on our side as it was with the first wave. People say the number of dead isn’t more than from a winter influenza, but with an enormous price from society, and other health prices with people not having cardio appointments, not doing sport [exercise] etc.”

He said that Israel “fought well against corona[virus] but paid a very large price in other areas of our life,” which leaves him pessimistic about public cooperation in the future.

Israel implemented strict regulations, punishable by fines, to fight coronavirus. Israeli schools and universities were closed on March 12, soon followed by most workplaces, and Israelis were ordered to stay close to their homes for weeks.

Restrictions have now been eased, with workplaces and stores reopened, and schools operating again, albeit not for all age groups.

Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman-Tov has insisted that his hard-line approach was necessary and without it, Israel could have ended up like Belgium, which has a population slightly larger than Israel’s and a death toll of more than 8,700. Israel’s current death count is 258.

Israel could have ended up like Belgium, which has a population slightly larger than Israel’s and a death toll of more than 8,700. Israel’s current death count is 258.

But Strugo thanks that similar results could have been achieved with “less extreme steps,” and said the government should have been “more selective” in terms of the tools it used.

He said it would have been better had the government “not used quarantine all over the country but in ‘red’ areas, and used it for elderly and high risk but not the whole population, and let go early.”

Broadly speaking, the government’s approach was right, he said, but “too strong and too harsh, and I fear we’re going to pay for this during a second wave.”

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Coronavirus doctor: I am ashamed of Israeli society

In emotional Facebook post, Dr. Gadi Segal, who headed first country’s COVID-19 ward, urges Israelis to take pandemic seriously, warns patients will die due to people’s lack of responsibility and refusal to accept dangers of the pathogen

Attila Somfalvi, Adir Yanko | Published: 09September2020 https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r1QwQgSVw?utm_source=Taboola_internal&utm_medium=organic

Dr. Gadi Segal, who heads Israel’s first coronavirus ward at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, posted a plea on Facebook for Israelis to begin taking the pandemic seriously.

“I’ve posted the names of the people who have died as a result of the disease. Many of them I knew, some died in my arms,” Segal wrote in his post.

“The blame rests on those who think their pay checks, their personal liberty and freedom of speech is more important than human lives. As a human being and a doctor, I am ashamed of this society.”

Segal said the problem could lie in a lack of shame that he said was now prevalent in the world.

“I am publicly expressing my shame and invite you all to join in,” he wrote.

Segal later told Ynet that that denying the virus and disregarding simple mitigation measures will only serve to expedite full lockdown.

“It is about mutual responsibility. I was trying to explain that people have the power to save lives and not only that, they have the power to save livelihoods and our society,” he said.

“People must recognize the fact that that COVID-19 is a very complicated illness. It is a pandemic and everyone must wear masks and socially distance,” he said.

“Full lockdown would have disastrous effects that no one should want, but instead of taking the steps to slow the spread of coronavirus they continue to ignore its dangers. It is a catastrophe,” Segal said.

The doctor also slammed some of his colleagues who have been promoting policies similar to those adopted by the Swedish government, which saw a sizeable fatality rate among the country’s elderly population after it kept most of its economy open.

“Those doctors did not hold patients as they were dying,” he said. “I have and I tell you we cannot just let people die.”

“Where would it end?” he said. “Should we then allow people with cancer to die, or prevent dialysis for people over 70? Should we refuse to treat patients suffering from dementia? I cannot sit around waiting for patients to arrive before I decide to take action. It is my moral duty to speak out and call for us all to behave responsibly and wear masks,” he said.

Segal said the average age of seriously ill COVID-19 patients has fallen and this has contributed to a relatively low death rate.

But, he said, the number of people among the general population who have underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure are at greater risk when more young people contract and then spread the virus.

“More and more people will have to pay the ultimate price,” Segal said. “Of this I am certain.”

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70% of coronavirus cases in Israel started in the US – new study

“There was this gap in policy and this gap allowed people to return from the US who thought that they could go wherever they wanted, so they probably spread the virus that way.”

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN 18May2020 https://www.jpost.com/health-science/70-percent-of-coronavirus-in-israel-came-from-the-united-states-new-study-628448

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More than 70% of coronavirus ppatients in Israel were infected by a strain that originated in the United States, according to a new study published Monday by Tel Aviv University.“Those who returned from the US created transmission chains,” Dr. Adi Stern of the School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology at TAU’s George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, told The Jerusalem Post.

Flights from Europe and other parts of the world began to be halted between February 26 and March 4 – but not from the US. Only beginning on March 9 did Israel block its borders to anyone who came from abroad who couldn’t complete 14 days of quarantine in Israel.

“There was this gap in policy, and this gap allowed people to return from the US who thought that they could go wherever they wanted, so they probably spread the virus that way,” Stern said.

The Health Ministry began considering adding American states to the list of places from which travelers were required to quarantine as early as March 5, but it was only after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a conference call with US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday, May 8 that he decided to close the country’s borders to all countries, including the US.

“We take action as we understand it to be necessary,” the prime minister confirmed at the time, “and everyone accepts it – obviously the United States, too.”

The remaining nearly 30% of infections in Israel were imported from Europe and elsewhere: Belgium (8%), France (6%), England (5%), Spain (3%), and 2% each from Italy, the Philippines, Australia and Russia.

STERN SAID that all of the coronavirus in the country originated from abroad. In the beginning, this included many cases that entered Israel via Europe and Southeast Asia. However, “they did not spread so much: They quarantined early – and very effectively.”

To reach this conclusion, Stern and a team of other researchers mapped the spread of the virus into and within Israel by decoding the genomic sequence of the coronavirus strain in Israel. A release explained that the scientists harnessed their genomic map to pinpoint mutations indicating from where the virus originated within Israel – and later, to where it spread.

“The novel coronavirus is characterized by mutations that occur at a set pace,” she explained. “These mutations do not affect the virus,” but they “can help us trace the chain of infection from country to country. After the pandemic broke out in Wuhan, for example, one or two mutations occurred, and one virus with a mutation may have migrated to Europe where it experienced additional mutations, and from there it traveled to the United States, and so on.

“We can look at these mutations as a kind of bar code that helps us keep track of the progression and transformation of the coronavirus as it moves from country to country,” she continued.

The researchers compared the genomic sequences of local patients to some 4,700 genomic sequences taken from patients around the world.

Until now, any assessment of the spread of infection relied on such subjective parameters as patient feedback.

STERN NOTED that another important finding is that “we very clearly see a reduction in transmission as of March 20, which is when the lockdown was implemented in Israel – which means the social distancing measures worked… The lockdown saved lives.”
Moreover, the study showed that “super-spreaders” were responsible for most of the coronavirus cases in Israel – around 80% of cases were infected by only between 1% and 10% of patients, or at “super-spreading events, such as large parties or other social gatherings.”

Stern believes that no more than 1% of the Israeli population contracted the virus – “a far cry from herd immunity.”

Data from the novel statistical model may be used to reveal the rate of infection in specific locations, including homes, apartment buildings, schools or even neighborhoods, and could also help inform closure and quarantine policies in the future.

“This technology and the information it provides is of great importance for understanding the virus and its spread in the population, as a scientific and objective basis for local and national decision-making,” Stern said. “Going forward, the data obtained from genomic sequencing will serve as an important basis for informed decisions about which institutions to close, for what amount of time, and in which format.”

She said that closing borders and social distancing are two obvious and very important measures that would need to be implemented in any future spike. However, “we have developed tools that will allow us to cope, in real time, with the next outbreak that may occur.”

The study will be published in medRxiv.org. Stern’s team partnered with scientists at Emory University; Gertner Institute; Sheba Medical Center; the Holon Institute of Technology; Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital; Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem; Soroka Medical Center; Barzilai Medical Center; Baruch Padeh Medical Center; and the Genome Center at the Technion Institute of Technology.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations

Corona Virus Emergency Information

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Israel has begun a gradual return to normalization regarding COVID-19.

The following are the most recent instructions published by the Government, as of August 16th, 2020.

The Government has just released a new list of guidelines. Some of the ongoing restrictions and instructions are set to a strategic health standard. The reason for this is to minimize contact between people and as such reduce the risk of exposure to a second wave of the COVID-19 virus. Below are a few examples of guidelines you should stick to in order to keep the virus from spreading further.

The most recent instructions include the following:

  • Those arriving from Green countries are exempt from the isolation period.
  • New mothers can now invite their parents to come visit the newborn baby.
  • You must wear a mask in ALL indoor and outdoor public spaces (especially, but not only if you around other people) – this does not apply to children under 6.
  • Gatherings have once again been limited to 20 people and should be held in outdoor spaces.
  • Public parks are still not permitted.
  • Beaches have been permitted.
  • It is permitted to use an elevator up to one half the elevator’s capacity in a building that has more than 5 stories.
  • Prayer groups (Minyanim) are now permitted indoors as long as the distance requirement (2 meters between participants) can be kept and with a maximum of 20 individuals as long as the space allows.
  • Restaurants may host up to 20 patrons indoors and up to 30 outdoors with appropriately distanced tables.
  • Bars and Clubs are not permitted to open.
  • Event halls are not permitted to open or to host events.
  • Stores and Malls are allowed to open. Businesses are to keep a count of the customers in the store at all times. The number of persons permitted in a business is permitted as long the ratio of one (1) person per 15 square meters is not exceeded (not including the parking lot). The store must mark the distance between registers and put a physical divider between lines to the registers.
  • Museums are now permitted to open. Museums can permit entry to 1 person per 15 sq Meters. No Children play areas or exhibits will be open.
  • Pools are still banned from regular operations but may now operate for the purpose of training by competitive athletes and therapeutic pools may operate for the purpose of hydrotherapy.
  • Only 2 persons (other than persons living together) may travel together in a vehicle. However, in a vehicle with more than one back seat (i., minivans), an additional passenger may be added as long as there is only one passenger per bench/row.
  • Taxicabs are permitted. One passenger per bench or the transport of persons living together, provided that such passengers sit in the rear seats with the taxi’s windows open.
  • Citizens can seek psychological treatment without wearing a mask, provided that a distance of three (3) meters is maintained between patient and therapist.

The Justice Ministry has publicized an FAQ regarding the restrictions and fines for disobeying them. Find it here.
The Police has published a list of fines for those disobeying the current guidelines. Find it here.

Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding the current regulations and restrictions.If you are looking for information and cannot find it below, please contact us at NBN Answers *3680, or by email Answers@nbn.org.il.

Can I make Aliyah at this time?

This is one of the most common questions we receive at this time.

For an accurate answer, contact your Aliyah advisor as it depends on many factors.

The Jewish Agency has announced they will not be issuing Aliyah Visas until July 1st, 2020. Although if you already have your Aliyah Visa, if you have everything else in place you should be able to make Aliyah at this time.

You must also consider the regulations regarding Corona hotel quarantine. See the next Question for more info.

Can I apply and make Aliyah once the situation is over?

While NBN is fully operational and we will be happy to assist you with your Aliyah application, all Jewish Agency for Israel offices are officially closed. All interviews have been cancelled.

The Jewish Agency has begun video conference interviews, in order to allow potential Olim to once again move ahead with their plans. Although, Visas are still not being issued at this time at least until July 1st,2020.

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Regulations for Prayers on Yom Kippur 5781

Regulations for Prayers on Yom Kippur 5781

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Coronavirus Emergency Regulations effective 18Sepember2020

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Ministers approve strict 3-week lockdown to begin Friday

Movement restricted to 500 meters from home, private sector work places to close to public, public sector to continue under limitations, restaurants, commerce banned, schools closed, congregation limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 20 outside

Itamar Eichner, Adir Yanko | Updated: 13September2020 https://www.ynetnews.com/article/UVLPKT4GK

Israel’s government on Sunday, approved a three-week nationwide lockdown, starting on Friday, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

It is the first country to impose a second country wide lockdown.

Israelis will be restricted to no more than 500 metres from their homes and schools would remain closed for all age groups.

Work places in the private sector would be allowed to operate at no more than 50% while public sector offices would be able to provide services in a limited capacity.

Food and medicine stores will be opened while congregation would be limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 20 outside.

The new measures which may be extended beyond the initial three weeks, were approved after cases of COVID-19 spiked in recent weeks and amid criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the virus and the economy.

Israel has recorded over 4,000 new cases daily since last week with over 500 people in serious condition of which 139 are on ventilators. The death toll from coronavirus has reached 1,108 since the start of the pandemic.

The ministers heard health experts warn about a dangerous increase of seriously ill patients in need of ICU care that could impact the level of medicine provided to COVID and non COVID patients.

Finance Minister Israel Katz warned a lockdown would cost the economy approximately 20 billion shekels while Health Minister Yuli Edelstein insisted only a lockdown would yield the necessary reduction in newly confirmed cases.

One point of contention remained the question of synagogues and how they would be allowed to operate during the High Holidays with health officials warning that congregations inside would only increase the number of infections insisting all crowded events held indoors must be banned.

Ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism leader Yaakov Litzman announced his resignation from the cabinet on Sunday, over the government’s intention to limit prayers to small groups outdoors.

Ministers reported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set depart to the U.S. later in the evening where he will attend a ceremony marking the normalization of relations with the UAE.

He has been widely criticized by some in the Israeli public for leaving while the country is facing a health crisis.

Protesters blocked roads at Ben Gurion International airport in efforts to delay his departure planned for 11 pm.

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Coronavirus Emergency Regulations effective 11August2020

Joint PMO, Health Ministry and Finance Ministry Statement

Government The 35th Government Publish Date 09August2020 https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/spoke_joint_statement090820

The Corona Cabinet, approved regulations providing for restrictions on business activity, places of work, places that are open to the public and gatherings, as well as rules of behavior in the public sphere in the shadow of the spread of the coronavirus and regarding currently existing rules about places of work.

The decision will take effect upon the expiration of the relevant emergency regulations on Tuesday, 11 August 2020.

The regulations determine the following arrangements:

A. Rules in the public sphere regarding the maintaining of a distance of two meters between people

B. A prohibition on gatherings in the private sphere, the public sphere, public places and places of business, of more than 20 people in open areas and of more than 10 in a structure.

C. A restriction on traveling in private vehicles of no more than two passengers in addition to the driver, and if the vehicle has more than one rear bench, of one passenger on each rear bench, except for people who live together.

D. Local authorities shall post signs adjacent to public playgrounds regarding the requirement to maintain distance, the prohibition on gatherings and the wearing of masks.

E. Rules applying to public places or places of business are as follows (inter alia): Submission of a declaration, placing of barriers, signs, appointment of someone to be responsible for corona-related matters, questioning and taking of temperatures, demarcation of places to stand in lines, maintaining rules of hygiene and disinfection, non-entry of people without masks, etc.

F. Maximum capacities for public places and places of business: One person per 7 square meters or as per the restriction on gatherings (whichever is higher). Exceptions: Eating establishments (20 people in a closed space in a structure and up to 30 people outside); eating establishments in hotels (up to 35% capacity according to the business license); group therapy in a social welfare framework (up to 15 people); pools and mikvaot (in the water, up to 1 person per 6 square meters). Signs regarding the permitted number of persons must be posted; the number of those present must be regulated.

G. Clarification: Nothing in the foregoing shall detract from “manager’s directions (horaot menahel)” given pursuant to public health ordinances to prevent the spread of the virus to houses of prayer, mikvaot, eating establishments, barbershops and beauty salons, etc.

H. Additional conditions (in addition to the conditions and rules for places open to the public and businesses) shall be set for malls and open-air markets including the prevention of eating in common food courts.

I. For delivery service, the delivered goods shall be placed adjacent to the entrance of the residence, outside.

J. The head of the service or the district physician in the Health Ministry shall have the authority, should it be discovered that someone with the coronavirus was in a public place or place of business, to order the closure or partial closure of the place for the period necessary to prevent infection with the virus or the holding of an epidemiological investigation, for the period of time determined in this regulation. The regulations include the option of contesting this determination.

K. It shall be prohibited to operate discotheques, bars and pubs, halls or gardens for events, waterparks, amusement parks (including indoors), jacuzzis in licensed commercial establishments and places for holding fairs.

L. Holding the following events – in which the number of participants exceeds that which is permitted by the prohibition on gatherings – shall be subject to restriction: Conferences, parties, festivals, organized tours, etc. This applies whether said gatherings are in private or public spaces and whether they are in spaces open to the public or a place of business.

M. The opening of swimming pools for toddlers.

N. The new regulations allow (inter alia) the holding of performing art shows subject to the restrictions on attending gatherings. The Director General of the Ministry of Health, in consultation with the Director General of the Ministry of Culture and Sports shall be eligible to allow a cultural institution to hold performances according to such other conditions as he may decide.

Regarding places of work that do not receive the public, the rules which applied up until today – according to which there are restrictions on gatherings of up to 10 people in closed spaces and up to 20 in open spaces – no longer apply. In their stead are directives for employers on how to act in order to minimize infection with the virus. Thus, places of work that do not receive the public may continue to operate properly and continually. The regulations also contain exceptions for essential places of work regarding the need to meet the rules should that not be possible, in order to maintain the continuous activity of the economy.

The rules that apply to places of work:

A. Maintaining a distance of two meters between workers
B. Wearing masks
C. Using personal equipment as much as possible
D. Meetings of up to 50 people, while adhering to the rules

Pursuant to the law, the regulations which were passed according to the law will be presented to the Knesset House Committee. The Knesset shall be eligible to approve them in their entirety or in part or change the period in which they will be valid, within 24 hours. Should no decision be made within 24 hours, the regulations will be published and thereby take effect (24 hours after the decision was passed), and the Knesset House Committee will hold a discussion on the regulations and decide whether to approve them as per the foregoing, within 14 days regarding the restrictions on private and public spaces, or 28 days regarding restrictions on commercial activity and places open to the public.

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Updated 2nd Wave Coronavirus Emergency Regulations-Effective 06July2020 and later

Update 10July2020 lockdowns on weekends

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Israeli Ministers approve coronavirus lockdowns on weekends

Lockdown includes malls nonessential shops,full lockdown to be imposed by July 24 pending Knesset approval; public gatherings limited to 10 people in-doors and 20 outside all week

Itamar Eichner , Reuters | Updated: 17July2020 https://www.ynetnews.com/article/IEEGMHZG4

Israel imposed a new weekend shutdown on Friday and tightened a series of coronavirus curbs to lower infection rates, amid growing public anger over the government’s handling of the crisis.

People would be allowed to leave their homes this weekend but malls, shops, pools, zoos and museums would shut from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, the government said in a statement.

Full weekend lockdowns that could confine people to their homes may be imposed by July 24, after the government gains parliamentary approval, Weekends in Israel begin on Friday afternoon, the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, and last until Sunday – a working day.

On weekends all shops, malls, beauty salons, hairdressers, and other non-essential supplies would be closed while shops offering food, drug and other essential supplies would remain open.

On all days, gatherings will be limited to 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors and restaurants would be allowed to serve take-out only, and pools and gyms would be closed the government said.

A further decision on whether to keep summer schools and nurseries open would be made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Benny Gantz on Friday.

Israel reopened schools and many businesses in May, lifting restrictions that had flattened an infection curve after a partial lockdown imposed in March.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted to ministers that although the government is pushing for the closure of restaurants, gyms, and fitness studios, the state does not have data about the number of infections detected there and the decision is “based on common sense,” but warned that a failure to curb the spread of the virus would result in 1,600 people needing ICU’s within three weeks a number hospitals would be unable to sustain.

The Director-General of the Health Ministry Professor Hezi Levy told the cabinet he did not expect a coronavirus vaccine to be available before the next year.

Netanyahu convened health experts, and members of the National Security Council for a meeting earlier in the day, just hours after the Health Ministry reported 1,758 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the previous 24 hours, bringing the infection rate to an alarming 7.7%.

“Since daily infections nearly hit 1,800 cases and the number of seriously ill doubles every seven days, I have spoken to Defense Minister Benny Gantz, NSC chief Meir Ben Shabbat, and Science Minister Yizhar Shai, about taking short-term steps to avoid a general lockdown,” said Netanyahu after the meeting.

Update 10July2020 Lockdowns begin in neighborhoods across Israel

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Lockdowns begin in neighborhoods across Israel

Parts of Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Ramle, Lod, and Kiryat Malachi placed under lockdown Friday afternoon.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 10July2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/283344

The Israeli government imposed lockdowns on nearly a dozen neighborhoods in five different cities across the country Friday afternoon.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. Friday, police sealed off neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Lod, Ramle, and Kiryat Malachi.

The closures, which severely limit movement into and out of the affected neighborhoods, is set to last one week, ending next Friday at 8:00 a.m. Business operation will also be severely limited in the affected areas.

The affected neighborhoods include the Romema, Kiryat Sanz, Belz, and Mattersdorf neighborhoods in Jerusalem; the neighborhoods of Nahala V’Menucha and Kaneh HaBossem in Beit Shemesh; Lod’s Ganei Ya’ar and Sach neighorhoods; the Amidar-Bilu neighborhood in Ramle; and the Ahuzat Rotner and Chabad neighborhoods in Kiryat Malachi.

In addition, the partial restrictions on three Lod neighborhoods – Harakevet, Shanir, and Neve Shalom – will be extended for five extra days, ending on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon criticized the decision to impose lockdowns on parts of the capital, saying the “solution to the coronavirus pandemic is to isolate the sick people.”

“But the minute you impose a lockdown, it causes mass infection. These people will go out and infect whoever is in the neighborhood.”

“I requested that I be given the tools to evacuate the carriers to [coronavirus] hotels until they recover,” Leon told Reshet Bet.

“Infected people should not be staying at home. You can close whatever you want, but how long can you keep that going? Business owners are saying that it’s better to get infected by the coronavirus than to suffer the economic blow. Before you start closing neighborhoods, I want to hear some logic.”
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Update 09July2020 Public transportation restrictions Effective 09July2020

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New public transport restrictions come into effect

Transport Ministry re-adjusts restrictions: up to 50% occupancy, weekday routes end at 10pm, reinforcing central lines at rush hour.

Mordechai Sones , 09July2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/283264
As of Thursday morning, new significant restrictions on public transport come into effect as part of government efforts to fight coronavirus.

The main limitation affects bus drivers who may transport only up to 50% of the maximum amount of passengers able be seated in a given vehicle. The windows must be open with the air conditioners operating.

Weekday public transport will end at 22:00 and will run until Shabbat begins and on Saturday night will continue even after 22:00.

Alongside this, central routes during rush hour will be strengthened with more busses and buses leaving the railway stations will continue to operate even after 10 pm.

Pursuant to agreements with the Defense Ministry, soldiers may travel on buses on Sundays until 12:00 and on Thursdays from 12:00. During all other hours, travel may be made only via private vehicle.

Soldiers will also be able to board Israel Railways on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only and must wear nose-and-mouth masks while traveling.

Israel Railways will continue to operate in accordance with the existing outline of pre-purchased tickets.

Transport Minister Miri Regev said, “We are still anticipating inconveniences, passengers who won’t be able to get on the bus. In the early days there may be problems and inconveniences and we expect the public to be tolerant.”

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Coronavirus restrictions reinstated: What are the new rules?

On Monday, the government approved a set of new regulations to help limit the spread of the coronavirus across Israel. What are they?

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN 06July2020 https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/coronavirus-restrictions-reinstated-what-are-the-new-rules-634060

On Monday,[06July2020] the government approved a set of new regulations to help limit the spread of the coronavirus across Israel. This is the first set of new directives that reduce freedom of movement and gathering since May, when Israel began relaxing restrictions and re-opening its economy.

  • Event halls, clubs and bars – closed
  • Restaurants – up to 20 patrons inside, up to 30 outside
  • Gyms and public pools – closed
  • Cultural performances – closed
  • Hotels and tourist sides – clubs and bars are closed, hotel restaurants can seat up to 20 patrons inside
  • Synagogues – up to 19 people
  • Other gatherings – up to 20 people, two meters apart with masks
  • Organized sporting events – without fans (no change)
  • Summer camps and youth activities – Only preschool through fourth grade to run; government authorizes Education Minister to make decisions on educational activities for fifth graders and up in consultation with the Higher Education minister
  • Buses – up to 20 people per bus; the government agrees to allow the Transportation minister to decide on another number in collaboration with the Health minister and National Security Council
  • Government office employees – 30% required to work from home

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Coronavirus Emergency Regulations-29June2020

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Netanyahu announces additional coronavirus restrictions

Coronavirus Cabinet Ministers unanimously decide on steps to limit gatherings and social functions.

Mordechai Sones ,29June2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/282673

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu today convened the Coronavirus Cabinet to discuss further restrictions required in light of high morbidity data.

Coronavirus Cabinet Ministers unanimously decided on the following steps to limit gatherings and social functions:

– Halls and cultural performances: up to 250 participants.

– Circumcisions and funerals: up to 50 participants.

– Weddings:

* Up to the 16th of Tammuz, July 9th 2020 – up to 250 participants. The public and hall owners are called to hold them as much as possible in open spaces.
* From the 16th of Tammuz to the 10th of Av, July 31st 2020 – up to 250 participants in open spaces. In confined spaces, up to 50% of occupancy and no more than 100 participants.

– Prayers and other gatherings: up to 50 people.

– Higher education – switching to online exams (except for cases that have been agreed upon between the Health Ministry and Higher Education Council).

– Public sector work – 30% work from home (in accordance with arrangements to be determined by the Civil Service Commissioner and with administrative flexibility for the office Director).

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Coronavirus Emergency Regulations-22June2020

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Israel steps up enforcement measures as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

By Michael Seinberg 24June2020 https://jewishworldnews.org/israel-steps-up-enforcement-measures-as-covid-19-cases-continue-to-rise/

(JNS) – Israel on Monday, June 22, approved a series of steps regarding the country’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including beefing up enforcement measures and authorizing the creation of a new national enforcement authority.

Fines, Protections
Among the steps approved following a meeting on Monday of the country’s so-called “coronavirus Cabinet” were an increase in the fine for not wearing a mask, from NIS 200 ($58) to NIS 500 ($145), stepped up enforcement by municipal inspectors and the creation of a new national enforcement body under the aegis of the Public Security Ministry.

In addition, testing and protective measures for at-risk populations, especially the elderly, will be increased, and the government will also evaluate, in coordination with the Civil Service Commissioner, the possibility of employees returning to work in “capsules,” meaning restricting the numbers of workers in any particular workplace.

School activity and private camps during the summer months were also approved. …

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Lockdown regulations significantly eased with reopening of most businesses

Restaurants, bars, pubs, swimming pools, tourist attractions to reopen. Social distancing rules to be maintained.

Y Rabinovitz , 26May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/280916
The government has authorized a raft of new measures reversing lockdown regulations, including many that affect the tourist industry and sports and leisure activities. The measures were passed by telephone vote and come into force on Wednesday, May 27.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office stressed that: “This easing of lockdown regulations has only been made possible due to the continued downward trend in the number of new cases of coronavirus, which is itself due to the public’s adherence to the rules made by the government designed to limit rates of contagion.”

Restaurants, bars, and pubs:

These may reopen and serve seated customers.

The number of customers allowed at any one time is the number stated on the business license; or, in a place where capacity is greater than 100, 85% of the maximum capacity.

Swimming pools (excepting children’s pools):

One person per six meters square.

Tourist attractions, cable cars, boating:

Cable cars – up to 50% of full capacity and not more than 20 people per car.

Stores, markets, malls, non-medical treatments:

One person per seven meters square; or up to 50 people, as long as space constraints permit social distancing.

General regulations for private facilities:

  • Social distancing must be adhered to (at least two meters between people).
  • Face masks must be worn, and hygiene regulations adhered to.
  • Where people stand in line, places must be marked out in order to ensure that they are spaced appropriately.
  • If the facility has a service desk, there must be a physical barrier between customer and service provider to prevent respiratory transmission.
  • Unlike public service providers, private facilities will not be required to submit an online document via the Finance Ministry’s website, and may resume operation from two days after the publication of these guidelines.
  • Any business found in breach of guidelines will be fined NIS 2,000. An events hall found with more people present than the permitted number will be fined NIS 5,000.

Businesses:

The number of employees allowed in a single workspace is no longer restricted, as long as social distancing is observed; or, alternatively, as long as there are physical barriers between employees that prevent respiratory transmission.

Up to 50 people may be present at a business meeting, again subject to social distancing.

Private vehicles:

Up to two passengers in addition to the driver. If the vehicle has more than one row of seats behind the driver, that row may accommodate an additional passenger. This applies also to taxi services.

If the passengers and driver are all from one home, or the trip is urgent, more passengers may be accommodated.

“Great news today,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said with regard to the new guidelines. “Restaurants, pubs, bars, parks, and swimming pools are now permitted to reopen. First of all, we want to help the economy – to help business owners and the self-employed who have all been waiting for this moment. Secondly, we want to make people’s lives easier, so that we can go out and get a breath of fresh air, get back to routine as much as possible, drink a coffee or a beer with friends.

“We’ll be following developments closely to make sure that the rates of contagion don’t rise as a result, and we hope very much that lockdown will soon become a thing of the past.”

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Non-Israeli yeshiva students to be permitted to return to Israel

Israel okays return of foreign yeshiva students seeking to resume their studies – provided specific precautions are taken.

David Rosenberg , 24May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/280763

Americans and other non-Israeli citizens studying in Israeli yeshivas and religious seminaries will be permitted to return to Israel to resume their studies, Israel’s Interior Ministry has ruled.

In a letter penned by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) last week, the ministry announced that non-citizens carrying valid student visas will be permitted to return to Israel, ending the ban on their return which had been put in place during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Because of the importance of Torah learning and the return of regular studies” in yeshivas, wrote Deri, “I have decided, in conjunction with the Foreign Ministry and the Health Ministry, to permit married yeshiva students learning in established institutions, along with their families, to return to Israel, if they’re carrying valid visas.”

“To make the process easier, I have decided to let all requests [for return] be put forward by yeshiva deans directly to the Population Authority, at the special email address: KERENNATHAN-ASHROT@PIBA.GOV.IL, rather than through consulates. Yeshivas must state that they know that the married student and his family members have lodgings where they can be in isolation [upon their return to Israel].”

Unmarried yeshiva students will also be able to return to Israel to resume their studies, Deri wrote, so long as the yeshiva declares that the student has a place in a separate dormitory to isolate returning students, in accordance with Health Ministry regulations.

In addition, Minister Deri laid out six requirements for returning yeshiva students.

First, returning students must make sure that they are picked up at the airport by a private driver, and that they will be taken directly from the airport to their place of self-quarantine.

Secondly, dorms for returning students must be totally separate from the dorms used for students not in isolation.

Thirdly, every returning student must have their own room and bathroom (with a shower) during their time in isolation).

Fourthly, the yeshiva must provide returning students with food while they are in isolation.

Fifth, each yeshiva must have a liaison to maintain contact between the quarantined students and the yeshiva management.

Sixth, any student who shows signs of illness must be reported immediately to health authorities.

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Spike in coronavirus in Israel’s capital spreads nationwide

118 cases in one day * more than 13,000 teachers, students in isolation

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN 04JUNE2020 https://www.jpost.com/health-science/10-more-schools-shutdown-thousands-of-students-and-teachers-in-isolation-630259

…Single yeshiva and seminary students will no longer be able to enter the country, according to a letter disseminated Wednesday by Interior Minister Arye Deri. Students who are married and learning full-time as their job can come to Israel if they received permission on or before May 21. However, no new permits will be granted, he said.

Meanwhile, the Health and Transportation ministries announced that intercity trains will begin fully operating beginning on Monday, June 8.

The trains would help relieve pressure on the bus system and allow easier movement for the public, Transportation Minister Miri Regev said in a statement.
“We will follow and make sure that the public abides by the [Health Ministry’s] rules, keeping in mind social distancing, wearing masks and preventing the entry of passengers with fevers into the station complex,” she said.

Finance Minister Amir Peretz on Thursday said his office was working on expanding measures that would enable more businesses to open while still adhering to the Health Ministry’s Purple Ribbon standard, which is up for renewal.

Among his recommendations are no longer requiring stores to record the name and registration numbers of its customers, allowing employees to eat in their office cafeteria and shifting the regulation on allowing only 50 people to operate with two meters between them to something more accessible.

“We will maintain our health and livelihoods,” Peretz said….

According to the latest statistics from the Israeli Employment Service, more than 110,000 people are looking for work.
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Cabinet approves further relief measures

Returnees from abroad will be permitted to spend their 14-day isolation home. Synagogues and museums will open.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 20May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/280528

The Cabinet on Tuesday night [19May2020] approved a series of changes to the emergency regulations and lifted some of the restrictions that had been placed on the public as part of the fight against the coronavirus.

The prohibition of staying at a beach has been lifted, and from now on, staying at a beach will be possible in accordance with several guidelines, including maintaining physical distance between bathers.

The prohibition on prayer in a building was lifted as well. Prayer will be possible under restrictions that include up to 50 people in the building, while maintaining a distance of two meters between people, wearing masks and appointing a person who will be tasked with ensuring that the guidelines are followed.

The ban on operating a museum has been lifted as well. Operation of facilities or exhibits for children that can be touched will not be permitted in museums. Museums will adhere to the guidelines on the operation a public space, including allowing the entrance of one person per 15 square meters.

It was further determined that a person returning from abroad could leave the border crossing for isolation 14 days at his home for (or another place at his disposal), if he specifies, during his questioning upon returning to Israel, the place of isolation available to him and its conditions, and pledges in writing not to use public transportation to travel to his home.

A representative of the Ministry of Health may order a person returning from abroad to stay in isolation in a place provided by the state if he is convinced that the person cannot fulfill the isolation duty in his place of residence or elsewhere, or if the person refuses to sign the pledge or specify the place of isolation.

The Ministry of Health urges the public to continue to adhere to the guidelines related to physical distancing, wearing masks and maintaining hygiene, in order to continue to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Israel.

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Public transportation to resume on weekends

City bus lines will continue to run on weekends, but canceled lines will not resume operations, Transportation Ministry decides.

Orly Harari 12May2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/280089

Public transportation will resume operating on weekends beginning this weekend, with city bus lines returning to normal on Friday and Saturday.

In areas where Shabbat (Sabbath) buses operated, operations will resume operations throughout the weekend.

The Transportation Ministry’s National Public Transport Authority decided that city bus lines which run during the week will continue to run on weekends, but lines which have been canceled will not resume operations.

The Authority is working to meet the public’s demands for public transportation, while at the same time limit the number of passengers. At the same time, the number of drivers and buses is limited, and the demand for public transportation grows with each passing day.

“The National Public Transport Authority calls on the public to adhere to the guidelines, to make certain to wear a mask during the entire ride, and not to travel if you suffer from coronavirus symptoms,” it said in a statement, emphasizing that during the outbreak, payment via cash, and loading a Rav Kav card, cannot be done on the bus itself.

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Taking the fire out of Lag Ba’omer amid coronavirus in Israel

By HERB KEINON MAY 11, 2020 https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/taking-the-fire-out-of-lag-baomer-amid-coronavirus-in-israel-627659
Just as COVID-19 put a crimp in Passover Seders, Remembrance Day grieving of bereaved families, and Independence Day celebrations, so too is it altering the Lag Ba’omer celebrations this year.
… The cabinet last week banned all bonfires throughout the country – with the exception of three that were lit at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron. But even at the tomb, instead of some 250,000 people gathering there to celebrate the Talmudic sage, only a gathering of some 50 people were allowed at the three different site locations. …

מירון- ההדלקה המרכזית התש”פ

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PM, Health Ministry, Amend Coronavirus Emergency Regulations, Here Are the Main Points

By David Israel – 11 Iyyar 5780 – 05May2020 https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/government-israel/pm-health-ministry-amend-coronavirus-emergency-regulations-here-are-the-main-points/2020/05/05/

The Cabinet on Monday night approved a series of additional amendments to the emergency regulations that will allow the economy to return to activity in the shadow of the coronavirus. The amendments cancel restrictions on leaving one’s home except to places and activities that are prohibited in the regulations.

Following are the main points of “Emergency Regulations (New Coronavirus – Restriction of Activity)”:

* Starting Monday 04 May 2020, additional businesses and activities will be allowed to open including: Libraries, all kinds of non-medical treatment on the human body, complementary medicine, hotels and guest houses, nature reserves, heritage sites, national parks, zoos and safaris. Activity at swimming pools will be permitted for competitive athletes and therapy.

* Malls, open-air markets and gyms will be allowed to open on 7 May 2020.

Mall operators will be required to meet the rules for maintaining public health and will sign an on-line form to this effect on the Economy and Industry Ministry website; the form will be passed on to the relevant local authority. Under these rules, an employee will be appointed responsible for carrying out activity to maintain public health at the mall. The entry of people to the mall – including mall employees – will be regulated so that at no time will there be more than one person per 20 square meters in the mall. A sign will be posted regarding the number of people permitted in the mall. Strict care will be taken to maintain two meters’ distance between people in the mall including in lines. Places for those waiting in line will be delineated; signs will be posted about maintaining distance. The rules of hygiene – including disinfection of surfaces – will be strictly maintained. Accessible stands with hand disinfectant will be placed in the mall. Sitting for the purpose of eating will not be permitted in the mall.

Retail markets will be allowed to open upon receiving a permit from the local authority and pursuant to the following conditions: The local authority will regulate the entry of people to the market, including workers and business owners, so that at no time will there be more than one person in the open area per 20 square meters of space. The local authority will set and implement a mechanism to limit the number of people in the market. A sign will be posted regarding the number of people permitted in the market. The local authority will take maximum care vis-à-vis maintaining two meters’ distance between people in the market including in lines, in order to prevent crowding. Places for those waiting in line will be delineated; signs will be posted about maintaining distance. The rules of hygiene – including disinfection of surfaces – will be strictly maintained. Accessible stands with hand disinfectant will be placed in the market. The authority will not allow sitting for the purpose of eating in the market will not permit the entry of people not wearing masks to the market.

* Those operating libraries will be required to observe additional conditions including the placing of partitions at the borrowing desk to prevent the transfer of respiratory droplets and the separation of books that have been returned to the library for three days.

* Those operating stores and businesses for non-medical treatment will be allowed to bring in customers according to the ratio of one customer per 15 square meters of space open to customers, or two people per cash register, whichever is higher.

* Going to beaches is prohibited except for sport activity in the sea.

* The restriction on praying more than 500 meters from the home or workplace is cancelled; the restriction of no more than 19 people for prayers in an open space remains in force.

* Circumcisions may be held with up to 19 people (as opposed to ten) in attendance.

* In public places and at workplaces, buildings of more than five stories may have up to 50% of the maximum allowed occupancy in elevators, thus allowing more than two people in any given elevator.

* Mental health treatment is allowed without masks, provided a distance of three meters is maintained between care provider and care recipient.

* Alongside the existing restrictions on activity at mikvahs (up to three men at mikvahs for men and advance appointments at mikvahs for women), a person appointed by the operator will be responsible to see that the rules are maintained.

* Regarding restrictions in Muslim-majority communities, the emergency regulation barring stores and businesses from opening between 19:30 and 03:00 is extended until Sunday, 10 May 2020.

The foregoing amendments shall be valid until Monday, May 18, 2020.

Emergency Regulations (Restricted Zones):

The Cabinet approved extension of “Emergency Regulations (Restricted Zones)” until Tuesday, 2 June 2020. The relevant ministerial committee will be able to declare communities, or sections of communities, in which there have been coronavirus outbreaks, to be restricted zones.

Extension of the authorization of the Israel Security Agency (ISA) to assist in the national effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and the advancement of legislation:

The Cabinet decided to extend the validity of the authorization of the ISA to assist in the national effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus until Tuesday, 16 June 2020, or until completion of the legislative process and the entry into effect of the legislation. The decision will be submitted to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for approval.

The Health Ministry calls on the public to continue listening to the directives on physical distancing, wearing masks and maintaining hygiene, in order to ensure public health and continue the common struggle against the spread of the coronavirus.

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Israel approves reopening of all streets stores, barbershops

The government votes to further ease the coronavirus restrictions on businesses but malls, restaurants and gyms to remain closed; business owners who violate Health Ministry’s orders could face up to 6 months in prison

Ynet | Published: 24April2020 https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Q5PRHXAJI

Israeli government on Friday morning approved further lifting of coronavirus restrictions, which includes the reopening of all street shops, barbershops and beauty salons. The new directives set to take effect on Sunday morning.

Large shopping malls, gyms as well as restaurants and cafes that don’t offer delivery services will remain closed for the time being.

Restaurants and cafes that so far were able to provide food deliveries, will be able to offer take away services starting Sunday.

The stores will be required to adhere to health directives and set up barriers between customers and sales staff. There will also be restrictions on the number of customers allowed inside each store.

The Health Ministry said it is the duty of each business owner to prevent large gatherings of customers outside the entrance. Owners also must put up signs at every entrance telling customers how many people are allowed inside.

An employee must be placed at the entrance of each business equipped with digital thermometers to measure the temperature of each customer. Businesses that require employees to work shifts will have the same employees working in each shift.

Employees at barbershops and beauty salons must wear gloves, which have to be changed between each client, as well as protective face gear.

Staff must try to keep a two-meter distance from customers if possible.

Business space that measures 75 meters can have no more than six customers at once, while eight customers are allowed if the space measures over 100 meters.

Business owners who violate health directives could face up to six months in prison and large fines.

A decision to reopen the malls will be discussed again in a week after a tracking app to monitor shoppers gets approval from government officials.

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Remembrance Day, Independence Day regulations released

Regulations ban visiting cemeteries on Remembrance Day and buying food, leaving home except for ‘essential’ items on Independence Day.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 22April2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/279061

The Cabinet, today (Wednesday, 22 April 2020), by conference call, approved emergency regulations on going out into the public sphere on Remembrance Day, Independence Day and during the month of Ramadan in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Israel.

Regulations for Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and Victims of Terrorism:

* It will be permitted to leave one’s home in order to visit the graves of IDF fallen, victims of terrorism, and memorial sites from today (Wednesday, 22 April 2020) until the eve of Remembrance Day (Monday, 27 April 2020), at 16:00.

* It should be emphasized that the regulations for the eve of Remembrance Day and Remembrance Day (starting at 16:00 on Monday, 27 April 2020), will not permit leaving one’s home in order to visit cemeteries and memorial sites.

Regulations for Independence Day:

* From 17:00 on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 until 20:00 on Wednesday, 29 April 2020, people may leave their homes only to buy medicine and essential products and to receive essential services within their communities of residence, or within the closest adjacent community should these be unobtainable in their communities of residence.

* There will be no public transportation during this period.

The Health Ministry reiterates that citizens must celebrate Independence Day in their homes. The purchase of food on the eve of Independence Day and on Independence Day itself will not be permitted. People may leave their homes for fresh air and exercise adjacent to their homes (subject to regulations), as per the procedures that applied on the first night of Passover.

Regulations for the month of Ramadan:

From Thursday, 23 April 2020, until Sunday, 3 May 2020, in communities the majority of whose residents are Muslim, as well as in certain areas in Jerusalem, it has been decided that businesses and stores that receive the public will not open from 18:00-03:00, except for pharmacies. Businesses will be able to provide delivery service only.

Additional emergency regulations approved by the Cabinet:

* Leaving one’s home for work interviews shall also be permitted.

* Weddings may be held in open areas with the attendance of up to 19 people, while maintaining a distance of two meters between people.

The Health Ministry calls on residents to adhere to the decisions that have been made and act accordingly, in order to safeguard families’ health and to prevent the spread of the virus in the public sphere.

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Cabinet approves easing of some coronavirus restrictions

At request of Health Minister Litzman, restrictions on public prayers eased – now worshippers allowed to hold outdoor prayers in groups of up to 19 participants; ritual baths to reopen for up to 3 people at a time

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Updated: 19April2020 , https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ByOSswtO8
The Cabinet on Sunday voted to approve some easing of restrictions imposed to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Closures on Jerusalem, Bnei Brak to be lifted

In light of encouraging data in both cities, Health Ministry to lift restrictions on Jerusalem and Bnei Brak beginning at midnight tonight.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 19April2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/278870

The closure imposed on Bnei Brak and Jerusalem will end tonight at midnight, and the mayors of the two cities have pledged that at least half of the remaining patients in the cities will be transferred to hotels by the end of the week.

After an all-night conference call, ministers approved a gradual opening of the economy and an easing of some of the personal restrictions Israelis had been asked to observe.

People will be required to wear facial masks in public and will be fined NIS 200 shekels for failing to after being warned one time.

The cabinet’s decisions include the release of some restrictions on religious worship and practice. Prayers will now be allowed in groups of 19 people that must be wearing facial masks, to be conducted outdoors and while maintaining a two-meter distance. These prayers can be held at a distance of up to 500 meters from homes and places of work.

At the request of Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, Mikveh, ritual baths will be opened and will allow up to three people in at a time.

Electrical appliance, computer and communication devices stores, office and home furnishing retailers, eyewear sellers, book shops, arts and crafts, office supplies, sporting goods, medical equipment, laundromats, clothing, and shoe repair stores will be opened as long as they are not situated inside shopping malls or in shopping centers with more than 15 shops on site.

Businesses will be required to maintain social distancing and limit the number of customers allowed inside at all times with service providers limited to four people or if the shop is smaller than 100 square meters, two people only with a partition between proprietors and customers in place. Shops will be asked to record the names of people entering their place of business and take people’s temperature before allowing them to come in.

If any service provider is found to be infected with COVID-19, the shop will be closed by health authorities.

Customers will be allowed to collect goods from these businesses and deliveries will be permitted.

The cabinet approved increasing the number of employees allowed at any place of work from 15% to 30% of the workforce.

Businesses that have already been given a special permit to operate from the Health Ministry will be allowed to have more employees on-site in adherence of the requirements of their permit which include a dedicated manager for coronavirus restrictions, monitoring employee health and banning entry to anyone with a fever measuring more than 38 degrees C.

Customers will not be allowed into these premises at all.

No more than two people would be allowed to work in a 20 square meter room unless they are separated by a partition to prevent the spread of droplets.

There can be no more than eight people on shift or in a conference room at one time. with the same teams operating in the same space and using the same equipment must be kept constant.

No congregation would be allowed in dining rooms or kitchenettes.

People over the age of 67 would only be allowed to work from home and should a case of COVID-19 be found in the place of work, it will be closed by health authorities.

The prime minister instructed public transportation to increase its volume and work at 40-50% capacity, allowing people to board wearing facial masks. Window seats only would be available for use. Buses must mark standing room availability to prevent close contact between passengers.

Special education schools will be opened as of Tuesday, for groups of three students.

All other educational institutions will remain closed or conduct distance learning.

Child-care will be allowed in groups of three families with a caregiver.

No more than two people will be allowed to participate in sports while the activity will be restricted to 500 meters from home.

Netanyahu said on Saturday that the easing of restrictions will be re-evaluated in two weeks and should an increase in coronavirus cases be identified, the new measures would be reversed.

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Chief Rabbis release special Passover guidelines for coronavirus period

Chief Rabbis stress Zoom is not permitted on first and last days of Passover, give instructions regarding pre-Passover preparations.

Arutz Sheva staff , 07April2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/278423

Chief Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak with Chief Rabbi David Lau

Chief Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak with Chief Rabbi David Lau

Israel’s Chief Rabbis, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, have released guidelines for the observance of Passover during the coronavirus epidemic.

Regarding the burning of hametz (leavened bread), the rabbis wrote: “People should not go to a distance from their homes in order to burn the hametz. ‘The wise person will plan ahead’ and make sure not to be left with a large amount of hametz to burn.”

“This year, people can remove the hametz by pouring bleach on it in order to render it inedible and then throw it in the garbage. Small amounts of hametz [less than a ‘kezayit’ which is approximately the size of a matchbox] can be flushed down the toilet.”

The Chief Rabbis also mentioned the use of the Zoom app that was recently touted as a possible solution for people isolated in their homes on seder night. “Recently, the possibility of using Zoom was raised even in cases where there is no danger to life or health or mental health … The ban on using electricity applies on festivals [just as on Shabbat], even if a Shabbat (Sabbath) timer is used.”

The Chief Rabbis emphasized that, “The loneliness is painful and we must endeavor to find a solution to it – perhaps by talking via a computer on the eve of the festival, but not by desecrating the festival itself.”

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Complete lockdown from 7:00p.m., curfew from 3:00p.m. Wednesday

Government approves lockdown measures, forcing citizens indoors beginning Wednesday afternoon. [Lockdown 07April2020, Curfew 08April2020 until 10April2020]

Arutz Sheva Staff , 07April2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/278430

Israel’s government on Tuesday afternoon approved new emergency measures to limit activity, in a further attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus over Passover.

The new lockdown, announced Monday evening, will not allow citizens to leave their towns. It will go into effect at 7:00p.m. on Tuesday, and remain in effect until 6:00a.m. on Friday morning. Exceptions will be made for the purchase of food, medicine, or other essential items, and for essential services, if they cannot be received in the town. Jerusalem will be divided into quarters.

The guidelines also state that from 8:00p.m. on Tuesday until 8:00a.m. on Sunday, there will be no public transportation, including international flights. International passenger flights will be allowed to operate only with prior approval from the Transportation and Interior ministries. Private group transportation will be permissible only in accordance with the guidelines, and taxis will operate according to the guidelines and only for essential needs.

Beginning on Wednesday, April 8, at 3:00p.m., purchase of food will also be forbidden. The government emphasized that citizens are required to spend the Passover holiday in the homes in which they live. This ban will be in place until April 9, at 7:00a.m.

These guidelines will not apply in towns in which the majority of the population is not Jewish. Citizens of all religions will be permitted to purchase food until Wednesday, April 8, at 3:00p.m.

It will also be permissible to transport children between the homes of their divorced parents.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry Director-General has signed an order requiring Israelis to wear masks outside their homes. The masks must cover both the nose and mouth, and must be masks intended for the purpose or homemade in accordance with the Health Ministry guidelines.

It is believed that masks which cover both the nose and mouth reduce transmission of coronavirus.

Children under age six will not be required to wear masks, nor will those with mental, emotional, or medical issues which significantly increase the difficulty involved in wearing a mask.

The order will also not apply to those who are in a vehicle, building, or room without additional persons, who are in the above locations with other members of their household, or who are participating in the broadcast of media which requires speaking during the broadcast, so long as the person remains two meters from other people. Two employees who consistently work in the same room at their place of employment also do not have to wear masks, as long as they maintain two meters from each other, in accordance with the guidelines.

The order to wear masks will go into effect on Sunday morning at 7:00a.m.

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Lockdown on cities until Sunday

Government to approve new restrictions to prevent gatherings on last day of Passover, Mimouna holiday.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 13April2020 https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/278646

Residents will be banned from leaving their municipalities from Tomorrow [Tuesday, 14April2020] at 5 PM until Sunday [19April2020] morning at 6 AM. Also leaving their homes from 14April2020 at 17:00 until 16April2020

The government is expected to approve on Monday severe restrictions for the coming days to prevent rallies and family gatherings on the last days of Passover/

The ministers will be asked to approve, according to the outline, a total ban on leaving the home, which will take effect tomorrow at 5 PM and will continue until Thursday morning.

There is also concern over celebrations of Mimouna, a North African Jewish festival which is held the day after Passover. As a result residents will be banned from leaving their municipalities from Tomorrow [Tuesday, 14april2020] at 5 PM until Sunday [19April2020] morning at 6 AM.

Health officials said there was a serious fear that many citizens would seek to utilize Passover and Mimouna for family gatherings that were banned on the Seder.

Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman Tov again called on the public to stay home and not have family gatherings.

“The danger of contracting and spreading the coronavirus has not yet passed,” he said. “I reiterate that leaving the home should only be done for essential activities such as food and medicine purchases.”

“I understand it’s hard to stay home for long, but the public has proven and proven its ability to meet the guidelines and protect all of our families

“Having holiday gatherings puts all of our lives at risk. We have seen what happens in other countries where discipline has loosened and we need to discover discipline over time so as not to reach these situations. I reiterate: stay home each day,” he concluded.

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Jerusalem Divided

By Jewish Press News Desk 14 Nisan 5780 –  07April2020 https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/jerusalem-divided/2020/04/07/

Jerusalem 7-Districts

Jerusalem 7-Districts

In order to limit the spread of the coronavirus not just between cities in Israel, but also within Jerusalem, the holy city has been divided into 7 districts, and during the full lockdown that begins on Tuesday afternoon at 8 PM (until at least Friday at 6 AM), travel between Jerusalem’s districts will be forbidden.

On Wednesday afternoon, at 3 PM, until Thursday morning, at 7 AM, it will be forbidden to go outside beyond 100 meters from your residence. Arab towns will not have the more intense curfew applied to them on Wednesday night.



Public transportation will stop at 8 PM on Tuesday, and only resume on Sunday morning.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations:As of 25March2020

These are the new restrictions to take effect on Wednesday evening

Government approves new Health Ministry regulations, imposing additional limitations on trips to public areas.
Mordechai Sones , 25March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277800

The Israeli government approved on Tuesday night emergency regulations to further restrict movement and curb the spread of coronavirus in Israel.

Regulations include further reducing forays into public space, imposing liability on employers, closing non-essential stores, and imposing restrictions on public transport.

The regulations will take effect on Wednesday at 5:00p.m. and will be in effect for a period of seven days.

According to the new emergency regulations, it will not be possible to leave one’s place of residence or permanent residence in the public space, other than for one of the following reasons or purposes:

• Employee arrival at work is permitted by regulations.

• Equipping with food, medicines, essential products, and receiving essential services.

• Getting medical service.

• Blood donation.

• Legal proceedings.

• Demonstration.

• Arriving at the Knesset.

• For the treatment of welfare recipients.

• Walks by an individual or persons living in the same place for a short time and up to 100 meters from the place of residence.

• Medical assistance to another person or assistance to a person with difficulty or distress requiring assistance.

• Prayer at an open place, a funeral, a wedding and a Brit, as well as a woman’s use of the mikvah, provided that they pre-arranged the time of their arrival.

• Transporting a minor to educational settings for children of essential workers and special frameworks (in accordance with the Public Health Order).

• Transporting a minor, whose parents live separately, from one of his parents to the other parent’s home.

• Transporting a minor whose responsible parent is required to leave for a vital need and there is no responsible place of residence for the minor to be kept under supervision.

It was also decided that public transport services would be reduced to around 25% of the existing services, and in accordance with Health Ministry.

Taxi services will be limited to one passenger or an additional escort for medical purposes, with passengers sitting in the back seat with car windows open.

Regulations stipulate that at least 2 meters be maintained between people in public and the workplace. Up to 2 passengers may share an essential vehicle ride. Shuttle services to workplaces are also permitted, subject to restrictions.

In addition, it was stated that an employer has a duty to measure temperatures at the entrance to the workplace. A person with a temperature exceeding 38°C (100.4°F) shall not be admitted.

Alongside this, food delivery services, newspapers, as well as essential home maintenance services, electrical appliances, products, and communications services and medical accessories will be permitted. Online sale with shipping is allowed for all types of products. Residential delivery service shall place deliveries outside the residence.

Businesses may sell food for consumption outside the dining and delivery service only. Pharmacies, optics establishments, or stores that primarily deal with sale of hygiene products will operate subject to maintaining 2 meters between people and preventing crowding, so that customers not be in the store at any time with more than 4 people waiting at an active cash register.

It was established that violating the prohibitions will constitute a criminal offense, which will also allow imposing administrative fine on violators, and also provided for police powers to enforce the relevant provisions.

All emergency Health Ministry regulations as approved by the government will be circulated as soon as possible.

Beyond the said regulations, it was reiterated the common need to obey the rules in order to eradicate the spread of the virus. Populations of 60 or older, with emphasis on the elderly and populations at risk should stay in their homes and not risk going outside.

Just prior to the release of the guidelines, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate announced that it is closing all synagogues until further notice, in light of the coronavirus spread.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations: As of 25March2020 Chief Rabbinate closes all synagogues until further notice

Chief Rabbinate closes all synagogues until further notice

New guidelines to stem coronavirus go into effect Wednesday evening, Chief Rabbinate closes synagogues.
Arutz Sheva Staff , 25March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277799

The Chief Rabbinate announced Wednesday afternoon that it is closing all synagogues until further notice, in light of the coronavirus spread.

The Health Ministry has made it clear that the new guidelines will be valid from 17:00 onwards and for seven days.

In a live Facebook video, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett (Yamina) emphasized the importance of following the new guidelines, and mentioned that coronavirus remains on surfaces for hours and days on end.

Praising the Israeli public for its general adherence to Health Ministry instructions, Bennett said: “The Israeli public has been remarkable in understanding the vital need to isolate, which is why I have a certain degree of optimism. But we’re going to hunker down in coming days.”

“Beware of elevator buttons, ATM buttons, because those are mass contamination surfaces. Use a tissue or the fold in your finger.

“I hope that after Passover we’ll be able to open up but that depends on the phase of massive testing.”

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations:As of 20March2020

When is it permitted to leave? How many passengers in the car?

A citizen who violates isolation orders may be fined 5,000 shekels.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 20March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277554

The Cabinet Ministers will approve in the coming hours the emergency regulations announced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening.

The regulations will turn the Ministry of Health’s guidelines into mandatory instructions and will significantly limit the movement of citizens across the country, with the aim of creating a “social distancing” that will further isolate the coronavirus and prevent it from spreading.

According to the regulations, it will be permitted to leave a home or place of permanent residence and go out to the public space only for the purpose of:

1. Getting to and from a workplace, subject to the fact that the workplace can operate in accordance with the regulations separately laid down for that purpose.

2. Equipping and purchasing of foods, medicines, products and other basic or essential services.

3. Getting medical service.

4. Blood donation.

5. Demonstration.

6. Legal process.

7. Individual sports activity, except for members of the same family unit.

8. Exiting a place of residence for a short time and going to a place nearby by a single person or persons of the same family unit staying together in one place.

9. Leaving for a religious ceremony, including a wedding or funeral, as well as a prayer service for up to 10 people keeping a distance of two meters from each other.

10. Leaving in order to provide assistance to another person who has a medical problem or other difficulty requiring support.

11. Leaving for another essential purpose.

The regulations establish rules of conduct in the public domain aimed at creating “social distancing” and preventing infection from person to person, including:

12. Keeping a distance of at least two meters between people as much as possible.

13. Traveling by private car is restricted to up to two passengers in the same vehicle. These instructions will not apply to individuals of the same family unit, or when traveling with more than two passengers in the same vehicle is essential.

14. As far as service providers are concerned, the regulations state that in a delivery service to a place of residence, the delivery will be placed near the door of the residence and outside it, and that vital repair service can be maintained.

All trade, recreation and leisure activities are prohibited in places specified in the order –

1. A mall and a shopping complex comprising 10 stores or more or the total area of ​​the shops exceeding 3,000 square meters, with the exception of a place for sale of food, a pharmacy, or a store whose main activity is the sale of hygiene products in the mall or such compound: For this purpose, a shopping complex without a roof in which the total number of stores, excluding stores not listed in paragraph (2) below, does not exceed 10, will be able to continue its activity.

2. A discotheque, bar, pub, banquet hall, fitness center, swimming pool, water park, zoo, safari, petting zoo, bathhouses, cinemas, theaters, cultural institutions, amusement parks, businesses for non-medical treatment of the human body, places which hold shows and fairs, public boats, cable cars, museum, nature reserve, national park, library, tourist attractions and heritage sites.

At the same time, places where restricted activities are permitted under the conditions specified in the regulations have been determined: A dining room, including a hotel dining room; A place to sell food, a pharmacy or a store that mainly deals with the sale of hygiene products; A store other than the stores listed in paragraph (b) (2)

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Health Ministry: Don’t leave home for non-essential reasons

Health Ministry issues new guidelines, closing libraries, non-essential stores, and all group activities.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 17March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277412

Israel’s Health Ministry on Tuesday issued new guidelines which require Israelis to remain at home other than for necessary outings. These guidelines include:

1. Do not leave home, other than for situations which require it (work in accordance with the guidelines, purchasing food, medication, medical services, and other necessary services).

2. Do not leave home to visit parks, playgrounds, beaches, pools, libraries, museums, nature reserves and parks, or other public spaces, other than children leaving with their families only, or with pets (in an individual fashion).

3. Do not hold extracurricular activities, even with a minimum number of participants. This includes sports and gyms, as well as group activities publicly or privately provided. Unorganized exercise activities of up to five people are allowed, so long as participants can keep a distance of two meters from each other.

4. Keep in contact with friends via technology, and avoid hosting friends and family who do not live in your home.

5. Those who are at increased risk of complications, such as the elderly or those who suffer chronic illness or long-term respiratory issues, including: asthma, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, immune disorders or diseases, cancer patients and patients who are immunocompromised, must avoid leaving their homes as much as possible, other than for necessary services. Instead, they should request the aid of family and friends in keeping their homes supplied with what they need.

6. The following tools should be used to limit outings:
1. Telecommuting, including video calls and conference calls
2. Each employer must be sure to provide a space of two meters between employees and ensure personal and environmental hygiene.
3. Deliveries will be placed outside the door.
4. Dentist appointments should be delayed as much as possible, and only crucial and emergency situations should be handled.

7. While leaving home due to situations which require it, contact between people should be limited, and a distance of two meters between people should be kept.

8. Medical services:
1. If there is a medical issue, it is recommended to consult via technology and not arrive at the clinic physically, as much as possible and in accordance with the health fund’s guidelines on the internet and media.
2. Immediately at the start of the lockdown, individuals should ascertain the ways they can contact their health funds. This can be done via the internet or via family members, and the health fund’s guidelines should be clarified in case a person needs medical services. (Be sure you know how to contact your health fund, and follow their guidelines.)
3. If you feel you are developing symptoms of a disease, fever, with or without respiratory symptoms, immediately quarantine yourself at home and avoid contact with your family. Check your temperature twice a day. If you are worried, contact your doctor or the local clinic which you belong to.
4. In case of fever, the patient will be in quarantine until two days after the fever breaks. The rest of the family will be quarantined only if the patient tests positive for coronavirus.

Other guidelines:

  • avoid physical contact, including hugging and handshakes
  • do not open the door with your hand
  • avoid touching your face
  • wash your hands frequently with soap
  • air out your home as much as possible
  • sterilize handles and doors
  • avoid kissing mezuzahs and other holy objects
  • avoid smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, or hookah – this is a great opportunity to quit smoking!
  • avoid sharing plates and utensils, and avoid transferring food from your mouth to someone else’s
  • be sure to eat a nutritionally balanced diet and exercise properly while you are at home (see guidelines)

Guidelines for behavior outside the home:

When can you leave the house?
1. If you need urgent medical care – those who have fever or respiratory symptoms are forbidden from leaving their homes, other than for a medical emergency.
2. Employees – according to the government guidelines and the separately-published guidelines
3. Leaving the home in order to buy food, if there is no option to receive a delivery or have a family member purchase it (in the case of the elderly or chronically ill)
4. Funerals – reduce the number of participants to a minimum, and keep it to only close family. Be sure there is a space of two meters between people. Avoid remaining in enclosed areas.
5. Individuals may leave for a ten-minute walk in isolated areas, or to their yard. Take the elevator down alone, and keep away from other people.
6. Childcare – two families may decide to share childcare on a regular basis.

How to act when leaving home:
1. Leave in a private vehicle – one person alone, or family members from the same household, other than when there is a need to bring someone for medical care that is not urgent.
2. Avoid using public transportation as much as possible – guidelines will be issued separately.
3. Keep a distance of two meters between people when arriving at a public place where people are.
4. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and ensure respiratory hygiene.

How to act at work:
1. Be sure to keep a space of at least two meters between employees in all places of employment and areas where employees are found.
2. Check your temperature before leaving for work. If you have a fever or develop respiratory symptoms, do not come to work and keep the rules for home quarantine. It is suggested that you keep a chart of your temperature, which should be taken each morning and evening.
3. Wash your hands with soap before entering and leaving the workplace, and at least once every three hours.
4. Try as much as possible not to touch your nose or mouth, and to wash your hands after every time you do touch them.
5. Place tissues or toilet paper in easy reach of all employees.
6. Be sure to keep the other guidelines mentioned above.

Beginning on Sunday, March 22, elective activities in public hospitals will cease. A detailed announcement will be issued on the subject.

Commercial stores which are not essential, as the order defines it (such as food, medicine, and toiletries) must close.

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Public transportation to be halted on nights, weekends

No buses, trains to operate after 8 PM or from Thursday night until Sunday morning.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 17March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277415

The Director of the National Transportation Authority, Amir Asraf, ordered the cessation of public transportation at night due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tonight the new edict will take effect at 10 PM. Beginning tomorrow night all public transportation will cease operations at 8 PM.

In addition, public transportation will not run over the weekend. No buses or trains will run from 8 PM on Thursday night until Sunday morning.

Public transport will continue during the day on weekdays and will continue to operate in vital locations including employment centers, supermarkets and shopping centers, health funds and hospitals. The Transportation Ministry professionals, under the direction of the Health Ministry, decided to stop public transport to non-essential places, including educational institutions.

Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich said: “What is in front of us is the health of Israeli citizens and maintaining maximum functional continuity for the economy, according to the current circumstances. Addressing the citizens of Israel, I understand the difficulties they face, we are on critical days. Please, avoid traveling on public transportation and observe the Health Ministry guidelines.”

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Corona restrictions: Guidelines for synagogues

Following ban on gatherings of over 100 people, World Organization of Orthodox Synagogues publishes updated guidelines.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 12March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277171

A. Minyans (prayer gatherings) in which there are usually more than 100 worshipers must to ensure that they do not exceed the number allowed (100 men and women).

B. Whenever possible, Shabbat minyans should be split into different hours or places to reduce the number of worshipers.

C. Ensure ventilation through open windows in the synagogue.

D. Those who do not feel good, and those who develop respiratory symptoms, are not allowed to come to the synagogue.

E. It is preferable that people in at-risk groups pray at home.

F. Effort should be made not to prolong prayer, and to shorten Torah speeches.

G. Be careful not to shake hands, not to kiss a Torah scroll, mezuzah, and prayer books. It is preferable to bring a personal prayer book and Humash (book of the Torah) from home.

H. Be careful to wash hands with soap, try to have bottles of alcohol at the entrance to the synagogue.

I. At the end of the prayer, people should disperse and not gather outside of the synagogue.

J. Please pay attention to neighbors, the elderly, lonely and the like and help them in their daily functioning during this complex time.

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Chief Rabbi: ‘Health Ministry coronavirus prevention guidelines halakhically binding’

Chief Rabbi Lau issues specific prevention guidelines for maintaining Jewish communal and personal life.

Mordechai Sones, 12March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277180

Following the recent Health Ministry and other instructions, Israel Chief Rabbi David Lau issued halakhic guidelines on coronavirus disease prevention.

Rabbi Lau said: “Last night, the Prime Minister and Health Minister announced precautionary measures that we are obliged to exercise for fear of the spread of coronavirus disease.

“These guidelines also apply according to halakha! People should keep from harming others even more than themselves. The coronavirus can also pass from a completely healthy person to another and jeopardize others. This requires strict adherence to instructions given even if they are difficult and burdensome.”

Rabbi Lau then listed specific prevention guidelines for maintaining Jewish communal and personal life:

Synagogues

In accordance with expert guidelines to limit the number of worshipers to one hundred persons, it is compulsory to divide minyanim in synagogues into a number of minyanim, each of which may number up to one hundred persons.
If there is much crowding in the synagogue, even though it does not have a hundred people, it should be divided into several minyanim.
Synagogues and study halls (batei midrash) must be properly ventilated, in accordance with expert guidelines.
It is mandatory for synagogue gabbais to maintain maximum hygiene throughout the synagogue space, including ample supply of proper disinfectants.
A person who is in isolation or who is at high risk should pray at home and try to coordinate his prayer time with the time the community prays.

Torah learning

The routine of life must continue, so one should not cancel a minyan or Torah lessons (unless otherwise determined by those responsible for public health).

Yeshivot and educational institutions

According to Health Ministry instructions, educational institutions are continuing as usual for now. In the yeshiva world, Torah continues to be learned more intensely, and the power of the Torah and the voice of Torah will stand for all of Israel and the world at large, until other guidelines are given.

Mikvah use

Family life and family purity laws should be continued and there is no place for fear. A woman who, according to Health Ministry guidelines, is supposed to be in isolation should act as her condition requires.

Weddings

Do not postpone a wedding due to the current situation. It is preferable to hold it with a small audience than to postpone it. This is also true because we do not know when it will again be possible to hold mass celebrations.

Visiting the sick

It is an important mitzvah to visit the sick, but in this situation it should be avoided. Nor should homes for the elderly be visited for fear of transmitting the disease. At the same time, one must find a way to help those individuals whose plight is unseen.

Rabbi Lau continued: “Adhering to these instructions is a Torah obligation: ‘And you must greatly watch over your lives.’

“The present situation requires much prayer, and therefore at the end of evening, morning, and afternoon prayers one should add chapters 13 and 20 in the Psalms together with the congregation, and the misheberach prayer for the sick.

“Also, be sure to say a hundred blessings a day, as the Gaonim wrote that King David mandated that Israel bless one hundred blessings each day when a plague broke out in his time, and the plague stopped.”

The Chief Rabbi closed with a prayer: “Save us from sword, captivity, pandemic, and plague, and any kind of trouble and grief. Save us, for our eyes are unto You. See our troubles and hear the voice of our prayer, for You hear prayer. May we celebrate the coming Passover Feast of Redemption with joy, gladness, and together as a nation.”

הרב הראשי, דוד לאו: לא לדחות חופות

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Netanyahu: No gatherings of 100 or more people

PM Netanyahu, Health Minister Litzman issue new directives in efforts to contain coronavirus outbreak.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 11March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277145

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New coronavirus restrictions

Health Ministry bans gatherings of over 2,000 people, discourages visits to hospitals, nursing homes by non-patients.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 10March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277101

The Health Ministry announced new guidelines and restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday evening.

The ministry has tightened restrictions on large gatherings from gatherings of 5,000 people to banning gatherings of 2,000 or more people.

In addition, visits to hospitals and nursing homes by non-patients should be avoided. People with symptoms of the virus may not accompany patients or visit institutions for the elderly.

The Health Ministry recommends that the elderly population, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions, as well as people with weak or compromised immune systems, reduce their contact with other people while maintaining their routine.

At the same time, the possibility of closing Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion Airport completely and transferring all airport operations to Terminal 1 is being considered, Channel 12 News reported.

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Israel imposes 2-week quarantine on all tourists, returning citizens

“This was a tough decision to make, but it is essential if we want to safeguard the health of the general public; public health considerations trump everything,” PM Netanyahu says.

by Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff Published on 09March2020 https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/03/09/as-coronavirus-crisis-continues-israel-to-impose-2-week-quarantine-to-all-tourists-returning-citizens/

Israel will require all citizens who return from abroad to self-quarantine for 14 days as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

 

It will admit foreigners only if they can prove they have the means to self-quarantine, Israeli media said, adding that this measure would go into effect on Thursday.

“After 24 hours of deliberations, we have made the decision that anyone who enters Israel from abroad will be subject to quarantine for 14 days,” Netanyahu said. “This was a tough decision to make, but it is essential if we want to safeguard the health of the general public; public health trumps everything. This decision will be in effect for two weeks.”

The measure would mean quarantine for some 300,000 citizens in a country of around 9 million.

Netanyahu added that his office was taking additional steps to ensure Israel’s economy was not adversly affected.

So far, 39 Israelis have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Over 70,000 Israelis – those who have recently returned from trips to Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, China, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and Italy, and those exposed to them in various ways – have been ordered into a 14-day home quarantine.

This had made travel and trade difficult, with tourism expected to suffer.

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Coronavirus briefs: Purim impact, increasing travel restrictions

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths 05March2020 https://www.mpaths.com/2020/03/coronavirus-briefs-purim-impact.html

Purim-Coronavirus-Mishloach Manot: Corona Extra Beer, Alco-Gel Hand Sanitizer, DEXAMOL Fever Reducer/Pain Killer, Tea and Medical Protective Face Mask

Purim-Coronavirus-Mishloach Manot: Corona Extra Beer, Alco-Gel Hand Sanitizer, DEXAMOL Fever Reducer/Pain Killer, Tea and Medical Protective Face Mask

Mishloach Manot – shalach manos, the mitzvah of sending gifts to your friends, is a major requirement of Purim. As is hearing the Megillah, having a seudah (large Purim meal) and generally partying, being happy and being very social.

Based on the rulings of Gedolei HaPoskim

During an epidemic, one should fulfil the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot with just one or two people and instead give more “matanot l’evyonim” – gift charity to the poor.

Better to use pre-packaged sealed foods and not home-made items to decrease the possibility of infection. And frankly, if Coronavirus is in the area, are you going to open those shalach manos anyway? So are the people you send them too?

– If authorities declare no gatherings or limited small gatherings, people should not get together in synagogue (for general prayer or to hear the Megillah on Purim). People should instead, staying within the rules given by government and health authorities, make small groups, or just a minyan if that size is allowed, or just 15-20 people well spaced out or masked – to read/hear the Megillah. Hearing through a window or doorway or some distance away is still fulfilling the mitzvah, spread out for safety (more of a problem with children).

– If someone is unable to hear the Megillah, (some authorities say) he/she should recite Hallel (instead) without a blessing.

– If one can only hear the Megillah once, better day than night.

– The Purim Seudah should be kept to small groups such as immediate family (minimise the possibility of group infection).

– Heavy drinking and excessive partying while people are suffering from an epidemic is inappropriate. Stay subdued. (Nobody needs pictures of drunken Jews partying appearing on Facebook opposite people in intensive care struggling to breathe.)

On the topic of travel, and/or visiting Israel or traveling from Israel to the US for the holidays:

— Many European and Asian airlines have suspended travel to Israel as of today until … (the middle of the month, the end of the month, unknown).

— United Airlines and Jet Blue in the U.S. have significantly reduced their flight schedule, as less people are flying and as staff is affected by quarantines.

— Israel has increased travel restrictions, stopping entry or requiring everyone coming to immediately enter 14 day quarantine upon entering from France, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea.

— Anyone even changing planes in Italy, China, or South Korea gets the 14 day quarantine upon arriving in Israel.

(Israeli Ministry of Health Corona site in English for travellers.)

ADVICE – High probability things get worse before they get better, more flights will be cancelled, more restrictions added, more events cancelled. Some airlines and hotels may go out of business – make sure you’ve paid with a credit card that gives an easy refund in such a situation (U.S. credit cards are pretty good about this).

I advise to cancel and re-plan while you can (while you can get a refund) – or at least have a backup plan in case your primary plans end up in the toilet. Don’t freak out, think through an alternative “just in case”. As things get worse for a while, you may be able to travel but not return (for some weeks/months) – keep that in mind and plan appropriately. (If mother is coming to visit, that may not be so bad [as long as she can get her medications where you are]. If you and the 5 children went to visit mother, that may be…challenging.)

IN ISRAEL –

— Large gatherings forbidden (sporting events, stadium events, concerts)
— Conferences cancelled
— Marathon cancelled
— Purim parades cancelled
— Passover markets cancelled (some)
— Some non-Jewish tourist and holy sites closed (all Bethlehem sites)
— Some Jewish tourist and holy sites closed (all Kever Yosef tours suspended as of today)
— Hi-tech employers preparing employees for remote work (if employees or employer offices are quarantined), mass buying laptops and video conf. services

For an example of worse or “farther along”, take a look at Italy, all schools closed nationwide and no public events that don’t allow “1 meter separation”.

RUMORS

– Events over 100 people may be prohibited.
– Wedding halls may be closed.
– Large synagogues may be closed.
– There may be a Passover matzah shortage as people who normally travel for Pesach aren’t able to do so (raising local matzah demand by 10% over capacity).
– In a “worst case” scenario, the whole country (Israel) may pause / quarantine for 2 weeks, everyone staying home (except for health care, public safety or defense) – which should halt spreading and identify all infected (at a severe economic cost).

Symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus CoVid-19: fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath

May Hashem grant a quick solution and end to this plague, keep all klal Yisroel and everyone safe and healthy.

Pray, think, prepare. Torah is Toras Chayim, you are required to take steps to live and not risk your life unnecessarily.

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Health Ministry Coronavirus guidelines

Health Minister: We are in control of Coronavirus situation.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 04March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/276830
Health Minister Yaakov Litzman addressed the stricter instructions for dealing with the Coronavirus with which were issued Wednesday.

“We are in control of the situation and are doing everything that can be done. We don’t know where this virus is coming from, so we are preparing for everything that could happen,” Litzman said in an interview with Kan Bet.

He added: “If everyone had obeyed the Health Ministry’s instructions from the beginning – we wouldn’t have come to anything. The difference between the State of Israel and other countries is that we can tell everyone about the Coronavirus, where it appeared and when.”

In response to criticism from the Foreign Ministry and the public about the Health Ministry’s instructions, Litzman said, “The prime minister actually supported me. He kept saying that it was better to get worse than ease.”

The minister also referred to the Prime Minister’s statement that this is a worldwide epidemic “perhaps the most dangerous of the last century.”

“He spoke the truth,” Litzman said.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health issued the following guidelines.

1. Israelis returning from France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Austria will be charged with home isolation for 14 days, the decision being retroactive from the date of departure.

2. Foreigners from these countries will not be able to enter Israel, but will exhibit a proven ability to isolate a home. Implementation of this decision will take effect in the coming days.

3. Prohibition on holding international conferences in Israel.

4. Residents of Israel returning from international conferences abroad – will have to enter home isolation for 14 days.

5. Health care workers face a blanket ban on going abroad.

6. Mass gatherings and conferences of 5,000 or more people are prohibited.

7. Participation in gatherings of over 100 persons is prohibited for persons returning from any destination abroad in the last 14 days.

8. The Civil Service Commissioner to prohibit workers at Israeli ports from traveling abroad.

9. Recommendation for those aged 60 and over and those with chronic background illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease or immunosuppression, to avoid crowds and contact with people returning from any destination abroad or with symptoms or people suspected of being blue.

10. Tourists staying in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon (in the last 14 days) will not be allowed to enter the country.

11. The Health Ministry recommends strict hygiene and avoiding handshakes.

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200 Israeli Students, Teachers, Quarantined following Contact with Infected Korean Pilgrims

Hana Levi Julian 28 Shevat 5780 – 23February2020 https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/government-israel/90-israeli-students-in-self-quarantine-after-exposure-to-south-korean-tourists-diagnosed-with-covid-19/2020/02/23/

As of Saturday night, 200 Israeli students and at least 15 teachers are under a self-quarantine after having been exposed to a delegation of South Korean tourists who were subsequently diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus after they returned to their country. A decision was made this weekend by Israel to bar foreign nationals entering from South Korea, adding that country to a list that so far includes China, Japan, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand. The infected tourists visited Israel between February 8-15.

200 Foreign Nationals Not Allowed to Disembark at Ben Gurion Airport



Ninety students plus 10 teachers and chaperones from a school in Afula were added to the list of those who are to be quarantined at home late Saturday night.

30 Israeli Students Quarantined After Contact with 9 Coronavirus-Infected Korean Pilgrims

Thirty eighth-graders and their two teachers from a school in Be’er Sheva had already been instructed earlier in the day on Saturday to enter home isolation after it turned out they had stood near the group of South Korean tourists who were diagnosed upon their return to their homeland. The students and their teachers will remain in isolation until Thursday.

Sixty eighth graders, five teachers and a guard from a school in Haifa were also told to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Saturday. The students and the staff members who were with them were visiting the national park at Masada at the same time as the delegation of South Koreans, 19 of whom were subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19.

In addition, a group of high school students from the Negev Bedouin town of Keseifa were also at Masada at the same time as the South Koreans, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 13 News.

South Korean officials confirmed on Saturday that so far 433 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been diagnosed in the country, and that two people have died of the illness. Since Friday alone, 229 new cases were diagnosed in South Korea.

New MDA Hotline
Under the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, Magen David Adom opened a special hotline on Saturday night, focusing on treating people suspected of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Within hours of the opening of the hotline, hundreds of citizen inquiries were received regarding the virus at MDA’s 101 hotline.

Anyone who is required to be in quarantine according to the Health Ministry guidelines, or anyone who has been in contact with a coronavirus patient, or someone who suspects they may be infected with the virus and who has symptoms such as fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms should call the Magen David Adom 101 Emergency Call Center.

Medics and paramedics at the 101 hotline will join the call with the on-call doctor or nurse who then decides to consult with a physician at the Ministry of Health whether there is a need for medical care and if so, how to proceed.

According to the patient’s symptoms, a decision is made whether to send an ambulance to evacuate the patient to the hospital, or to send a paramedic to the patient in his home and take a sample to be analyzed without evacuating the patient at this time. The sample will be sent forward to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, in order to deny the presence of Corona virus. If necessary, an ambulance will be called to evacuate the patient to the hospital under special isolation conditions.

“Dozens of experienced and professional paramedics have joined the mission, as they recognize the importance of conducting medical examinations in the patient’s home to prevent the spread of the virus in Israel,” said MDA director-general Eli Bin.

“Paramedics are protected at the highest level, using dedicated anti-infection kits, according to the protocol used in infectious cases, where we see routinely.”

Dozens of paramedics at Magen David Adom underwent dedicated training on how to collect samples from the patients, in order to deny the presence of the coronavirus. As part of the training, paramedics practiced taking the patient’s samples while staying fully protected against infection. The medics and paramedics in MDA 101 Emergency Call Center were also trained to question and manage the cases. Magen David Adom has developed a special system, where among other things, a video call with the patient can be made.

Magen David Adom continues to operate the inspection post at Ben Gurion International Airport, where MDA EMTs and paramedics question travelers and perform tests to those who arrive at the stand in accordance with the medical protocols set by the Ministry of Health.

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Life under Coronavirus COVID-19


Natan Sharansky’s Tips for Quarantine

הסוכנות היהודית לארץ ישראל
23March2020
A man who was imprisoned by the Soviet regime for 9 years, half that time in solitary confinement has advice for all of us as we face the Coronavirus crisis. Natan Sharansky, past chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, was imprisoned for his work as a Zionist and human rights activist in the U.S.S.R. You can imagine he knows a thing or two about how to get through long bouts of isolation. As the world goes into lock-down mode to fight the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Sharansky’s advice is helpful and inspiring. #EveryOneOfUsTogether
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Pesach in Natan Sharansky’s prison cell

Amid restrictions ahead of Pesach, former Prisoner of Zion describes the faith that sustained him during his isolation in Soviet prison.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 29March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277955

יציאת מצרים הפרטית שלי – סיפורו של נתן שרנסקי | My personal Exodus – by Natan Sharansky

NashimBeYarok 26March2020

As part of the Friday Lectures at Oz veGaon project, in a lecture on-line, former minister and head of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky told the story of his life, especially addressing these days, days of almost total closure and preparation for the approaching Pesach holiday.

Sharansky told of his childhood in the Soviet Union, when he knew the term “Jew” only from the anti-Semitic point of view and where most of the Jews in the area he grew up in were devoid of any sign of Jewishness. He also told of the great change that began in ‘67 with the end of the Six Day War. He was then a student who received special attention as a Jew who belonged to the nation that had experienced a miraculous victory in the war.

This is when his connection was renewed with the Jewish People, the demonstrations to allow aliyah to Israel and for human rights that won international resonance, as well as the story of his marriage to Avital, who immigrated to Israel the day after their wedding and waited for him 12 years while conducting a world-wide struggle.

In his story he described the night of the Seder spent in the cell where he was placed by the Soviet authorities and the eve of Israel Independence Day that he celebrated while isolated in his prison cell but in his heart, together with the People of Israel as one big family.

Sharansky concluded by emphasizing the idea that even if we are not with our family on the eve of the approaching Seder, we should remember how we are one big family, how strong we are because of this feeling, how it is not important if we are alone or at a large table, we are a People with a shared history, a shared future and a very special role in this world.

Ahm Yisrael Hai! (The People of Israel lives)!

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Pesach Seder: Protect your Grandparents

We all stay home on Passover

Arsen-strovsky-tweet-30March2020 Powerful message from @naftalibennett to Jewish communities around the world ahead of #Pesach: "Do the Pesach Seder in the very nuclear family. You do not do it this year with grandma and grandpa. There will be no Pesach Seder with young people and old people."

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Daily Halachic Corner – Rav Dayan Elgrod!

Coronavirus Covid-19: Search for Chametz

Daily Halachic Corner – 110 – CoronaVirus 17- Pesach – Rav Dayan Elgrod!

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Coronavirus Covid-19: Sell your Chametz

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Coronavirus Covid-19: What Matzah can I eat?

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Coronavirus Covid-19: Cleaning for Pesach

The Corona Virus 11- Daily Halachic Corner – 104 – Rav Dayan Elgrod!

Breslev English 29March2020

 

Coronavirus Covid-19: Guarding you Mouth from the Coronavirus – Lashon Harah

The Corona Virus 8- Daily Halachic Corner – 101 – Rav Dayan Elgrod!

Breslev English 24March2020
JerusalemCats Comments: Could the requirement to wear a Mask for Covid-19 be like the requirement of someone who spoke Lashon Harah in which they had to leave the Camp and cover their mouth?

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Online Shopping Sites

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Supermarkets

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Pharmaceuticals

Super Pharm – https://shop.super-pharm.co.il/
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Watch live: Happy Mobile traverses Jerusalem neighborhoods

Mayor Moshe Leon and Jerusalem’s Happy Mobile arrive in the Har Homa with Yishai Lapidot, singer Eyal Twito, and keyboardist Yanki Azulai.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 25March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277791

משאית השמחה של ראש העיר ירושלים בשכונת הר חומה

Arutz Sheva TV 25March2020

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Coronavirus: Effort or Emuna?

22 March 2020 https://www.brodyhealth.com/2020/03/coronavirus-effort-or-emuna.html

People are confused, especially when some rabbis have padlocked their synagogues while for others, it’s business as usual. Many are asking me if listening to one’s local medical authorities and refraining from praying in a synagogue or immersing in a men’s mikva constitutes a lack of emuna. Today’s podcast provides a detailed answer…

 

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24 people make aliyah, go directly into quarantine

24 new olim arrive on Nefesh B’Nefesh flight despite coronavirus crisis, go straight into 2-week isolation.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 19March2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277532

Twenty-four new Olim landed at Ben Gurion airport today through a Nefesh B’Nefesh group Aliyah flight, in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and Jewish National Fund-USA. The Olim on this flight were comprised of 10 families and singles ranging in ages from a nine-month-old to a 73-year-old, including two sisters who decided to make Aliyah together; hailing from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In addition to today’s Olim, Nefesh B’Nefesh is expecting 20 more Olim to arrive over the course of the next two weeks.

“It is truly remarkable to see that Aliyah is continuing amidst increasingly complex global circumstances,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “These new Olim, more than ever, represent the strong future of the State of Israel as they are determined to fulfill their dreams of helping to build the Jewish Nation. We are ready to assist them throughout their entire Aliyah process in order for them to settle into their new homes as smoothly and comfortably as possible during these challenging times.”

Nefesh B’Nefesh has set up a dedicated hotline for the new arrivals during this time in order to maintain as close contact as possible and lend any support needed. In addition, special funding has been allocated for this purpose in order to offer any additional assistance needed at this time.

Today’s new Olim will be moving directly into quarantine for fourteen days in cities all across Israel, including Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, Holon, Modi’in, Netanya, Ra’anana, Tzfat and Yad Binyamin. This group flight is one of several planned for 2020.

Among the Olim who landed this morning were Aviva and Tzvi Karoly with their two young children: “When we first learned that we would likely be put in mandatory quarantine upon arrival, I was a bit freaked out. However, within minutes of my posting on a Facebook page for the community I was inundated with volunteers offering to bring us groceries, toys, books and anything else we might need. Complete strangers were literally lining up to help us,” said new Olah Aviva Karoly in a goodbye letter to her community of Washington Heights, NY. “How amazing are the people of Modi’in, and we are so excited to be part of this community. There are literally piles of supplies stocked outside our door just waiting for us to come home.”

JerusalemCats Comments:

Kol ha-kavod on the new Olim!!!


For those who want to stay in the Diaspora there is a new import from China:

China invokes HOLOCAUST HORRORS as 40 mobile incineration ovens are deployed in Wuhan, labeled for disposal of “animal corpses”

19February2020 by: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-02-19-china-holocaust-horrors-incineration-ovens-burn-animal-corpses.html

Image: China invokes HOLOCAUST HORRORS as 40 mobile incineration ovens are deployed in Wuhan, labeled for disposal of “animal corpses” The words on the side of these incineration ovens say, “Garbage and Animal Corpse Placement Receptacle.”
(Natural News) Remember 13 days ago when we warned that “cremation vans” were running 24/7 in Wuhan, China while the crematoriums were backlogged with piles of dead bodies stacked in the cremation queues?

Now China has brought in 40 mobile incineration ovens to burn and destroy what the Chinese government calls “medical waste.” As you can see in the photos below, the incineration ovens are labeled for the disposal of “animal corpses.”

The deployment of incineration ovens, combined with the grotesque violations of basic human rights now being routinely committed by China in response to the pandemic, has invoked memories of the horrors related to the Holocaust of World War II.

As reported by the UK Daily Star, these incineration ovens are built to the size of 20-foot transport containers, and each can incinerate about 30 cubic meters of material. “Reportedly the incinerators have been sanctioned for the use by the Chinese military after a test in Golmud, Qinghai in January,” says the Daily Star.

Incineration ovens along with some crew members

In the Chicago Area you now have Mobile Morgue Trailers for the dead:

Mobile Morgue Trailers Being Deployed Near Major US Cities

Nation News Desk 23 March 2020 https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/news-nation/mobile-morgue-trailers-being-deployed-near-major-us-cities

In one of the most ominous developments in the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak, Mobile Morgue Trailers are being deployed outside of major US cities.

For those who still erroneously think “This is just the Flu” may we respectfully point out that never before have mobile morgue trailers been deployed for victims of flu; This outbreak is NOT “just a Flu.”

And for those who are just flat out stupid, the reason these morgue trailers are being deployed is because officials believe the number of dead bodies coming from this outbreak will overwhelm local coroner’s offices

Mobile Morgue Trailers on a farm in Joliet, IL, southwest of Chicago

Mobile Morgue Trailers on a farm in Joliet, IL, southwest of Chicago

MEDICAL MARTIAL LAW is coming to America


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How to deal with and enjoy quarantine with your cats during COVID-19

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From a 28April2020 Email

Grandpa’s corona memories

Child – “How old are you, Grandpa?”
Grandpa – “I’m 81, dear.”
Child – “So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?”
Grandpa – “Yes, I was.”
Child – “Wow. That must have been horrible, Grandpa. We were learning about that at school this week.

They told us about how all the schools had closed. And moms and dads couldn’t go to work so didn’t have as much money to do nice things.
They said that you weren’t allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn’t go out anywhere.
They told us that the shops and stores ran out of lots of things so you didn’t have much bread, and flour, and toilet rolls.
They said that summer holidays were cancelled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very sick and who died.
They explained how hard all the doctors and nurses and all essential workers worked, and that lots of them died, too.

That must have been so horrible, grandpa!”

Grandpa – “Well, that is all correct.
And I know that because I read about it when I was older.
But to tell you the truth I remember it differently…

I remember playing in the garden for hours with mom and dad and having picnics outside and lots of bbqs.
I remember making things and fishing with my Dad and baking with my Mom.
I remember making forts and learning how to do hand stands and back flips. I remember having quality time with my family.
I remember Mom’s favorite words becoming ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea…’
Rather than ‘Maybe later or tomorrow I’m a bit busy’.
I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having movie night three or four times a week instead of just one.

It was a horrible time for lots of people you are right.
But I remember it differently.”

Remember how our children will remember these times.
Be in control of the memories they are creating right now, so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.

Author unknown ♥ ♥
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Israel and the demise of the global village

Israel’s ability to protect itself and adapt its economy to the new post-global village reality will in large part determine how it survives and prospers in the post-global village world now taking shape.

By Caroline B. Glick 27March2020 https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/israel-and-the-demise-of-the-global-village/

In the face of the steeply rising number of coronavirus patients and the breakneck speed of political changes in Israel, few people have stopped to notice that the world we have grown accustomed to living in for the past generation is falling apart. The global village is collapsing under the weight of the pandemic.

How Israel deals with this dramatic turn of events today, and in the coming weeks, months and years will determine both how we emerge from the present crisis and how we manage in the new world now taking form.

 

Israel’s food supply system is a perfect example of the global changes to being wrought by the virus. In Israel, five basic foodstuffs are produced locally: fruits, vegetables, eggs, poultry, and milk. Most grains, sugar, rice, salt, meat, and other foodstuffs are imported.

Out of a total agricultural workforce of 70,000, 25,000 are migrant workers from Thailand and another 25,000 are from the Palestinian Authority. According to Agriculture Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, concerns over the coronavirus prevented 1,500 workers from Thailand scheduled to arrive at the beginning of the month from entering the country. The Palestinian workforce is down to 18,000 and dropping due to the quarantine the PA has placed on its population.

The labor shortages couldn’t come at a worse time. Currently, there are a half billion shekels worth of fruit and vegetables ready for harvest. If they aren’t picked in the next three weeks, they will rot on the trees and in the fields.

Three weeks ago, the HaShomer HaHadash organization began getting flooded with calls from farmers for help. HaShomer HaHadash is a volunteer agricultural support organization founded in 2007 to protect Israeli farmers from Arab and Bedouin criminal gangs who extort farmers and ranchers and carry out agricultural theft and sabotage on a massive level.

“These calls were different,” explains HaShomer HaHadash’s leader Yoel Zilberman. “We are used to receiving calls about sabotage, and extortion and sending our volunteers to guard and herd. These calls were about the harvest, the national food supply.”

Zilberman and his colleagues realized the implications of the loss of a harvest for Israel’s food supply and began drawing up a plan to help the distressed farmers. Two weeks ago, Zilberman approached Hanegbi and offered to organize a corps of volunteers to save the harvest. Comprised of the organization’s roster of volunteers, cadets at pre-military leadership academies, youth movement alumni and from twelfth graders, Zilberman’s volunteers would work in shifts in the fields. With government finance, Hashomer Hahadash would provide for all their needs. Hanegbi agreed.

Last week, the government approved an emergency order to organize the corps of volunteers. The first hundred young people arrived in the fields on Tuesday. Operating in compliance with Health Ministry guidelines, HaShomer HaHadash launched a smartphone application called “Sundo” where prospective volunteers can join the operation. Zilberman plans to expand his roll of volunteers to include foreign students stranded in Israel with nothing to do after the coronavirus caused their programs to be canceled. He assesses there are up to twenty thousand foreign youth in Israel who could potentially join in the effort.

To be sure, this initiative, which will hopefully enable Israel to surmount the coronavirus-induced international labor shortage, is intended to be a short-term fix. All parties to the initiative assume that once the crisis abates, labor flows will return to their pre-coronavirus levels. But there is no way to know whether this assessment is correct. The coronavirus-induced shortage in migrant, agricultural laborers points to a much wider phenomenon that is unlikely to disappear when the quarantines are over.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t destroy global markets. But it will change them radically and reduce their size and scope. In the case of agriculture, the coronavirus has exposed large-scale vulnerabilities in both agricultural import models and domestic production. At the outset of the crisis, cargo ships laden with foodstuffs from China and Italy were laid up in the ports for weeks until port workers and the Health Ministry could develop protocols for safely offloading them. Dozens of shipments were diverted to Cyprus, at great cost to importers.

Who is to say that food supplies in China or other countries won’t be compromised again in the future? And what happens in the event of war? Naval warfare can easily endanger food imports to Israel over a prolonged period. The model of dependence on foreign suppliers needs to be adapted in the face of what we are learning.

As to domestic production, according to Hanegbi, over the past decade, the number of Israelis engaged in agriculture has decreased by 60 percent as the children of farmers are choosing other professions. Obviously, this is a major vulnerability. Israel needs food security and food security means expanding our domestic agricultural capacity. The incoming government needs to develop a national plan to support domestic agriculture and inspire young people to choose agriculture as a profession and way of life. In Israel, the next crisis is always just around the corner. And the next war or pandemic may make our current endangered harvest look like child’s play.

What is true in relation to agriculture is doubly true in relation to manufacturing. As we are finding in our race to purchase more respirators, it is ill-advised in the extreme to depend on foreign suppliers for food, medical equipment, and medicines in times of crisis. Until January 2020, it seemed perfectly rational to outsource manufacturing to China. Now, as we face global shortages in respirators and other medical equipment, it is obvious that China is not a trustworthy supplier.

This week Jim Geraghty published a timeline of China’s deception of the world regarding the nature of the coronavirus in the National Review. Geraghty showed that Chinese authorities in Wuhan realized the virus was spread between humans in the first week of December. But it wasn’t until January 20 that the Chinese admitted that this was the case.

In the intervening six weeks, the Chinese lied repeatedly about the infectiousness of the virus and jailed doctors and citizen journalists who tried to warn the Chinese people and the world of the danger. Also during those six weeks, five million people left Wuhan. Scores of thousands of them got on airplanes and flew to Europe and the US bringing the virus with them.

Still today, the Chinese are apparently hiding critical information about the virus from the world. While the Western media heralds the Chinese success in bringing the infection rate down to zero inside China, Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported this week that the Chinese data are phony. Physicians in Wuhan told the agency’s reporters that the reason the rate of infection has dropped to zero is because the Chinese authorities have banned testing.

The coronavirus exposed a truth that global village fans have spent the past generation denying: Borders are important.

From 1997 until the coronavirus, Europe’s internal national borders were all open. Over the past few weeks, 15 EU member states have shut their doors and thrown away the key. Germany – the birthplace of the vision of the European common market and nation – initially banned the export of protective medical equipment to its European “brethren.”

When the Italians begged for help, no EU member state sent in medical teams to save their fellow Europeans.

If just last month, the heads of the European Commission had the last word in all discussions among EU member states, today no one cares what they have to say. As Professor Thomas Jaeger from the University of Cologne told the Los Angeles Times, “We’re seeing an enormous delegitimation of the authority of the EU government in this crisis. The longer the crisis lasts, the more nationalism will return.”

In many ways, regardless of how long it lasts, the pandemic has already taken a permanent toll on the European Union. EU members have taken one another’s measure and realized that when push comes to shove, they have only their own peoples and governments to rely on. The Italians and Spaniards aren’t likely to care what the feckless bureaucrats in Brussels or the selfish Germans have to say about their national policies after this is over.

The same goes for the UN and other major international governing institutions.

UN Ambassador Danny Danon wrote Wednesday in Israel Hayom that this is the UN’s finest hour. In his words, “UN institutions, particularly the World Health Organization, are proving that the organization remains the main body that the world needs in its struggle with Corona.”

Danon is mistaken, however. The WHO has played an unhelpful, indeed destructive role in this crisis. As Geraghty and others have shown, the WHO was a full partner in China’s dissimulation efforts. The WHO waited until January 21, after the first coronavirus patient was diagnosed in the US, to admit that it is transferred between people despite the fact that WHO officials knew that humans infected one another in early January. This week an Oxford-based research group announced it will no longer base its coronavirus assessments on WHO data, which it considers not credible.

This week Walter Russell Mead noted in the Wall Street Journal that international organizations like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization are playing no significant role in the global fight against the coronavirus.  National leaders and agencies, who are directly responsible for protecting their people are calling the shots irrespective of WHO rules and IMF spending guidelines.

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the critical failings of the global village model for international integration. International labor markets, global trade and international governing institutions have proven vulnerable to shocks, unreliable and of limited use. It has also reminded us of foundational truths that have been shunted aside since the end of the Cold War. National borders protect nations. National authorities and fellow citizens are far more reliable and helpful in times of crisis than transnational, and international organizations.

To survive and protect themselves from global shocks, nations must have autarkic agricultural and manufacturing capabilities. China is not a reliable industrial base.

Israel’s ability to protect itself today, and adapt its economy to the new post-global village reality will in large part determine how it survives and prospers in the post-global village world now taking shape.

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Nature reclaims global cities as people stay home

The sight of ibex strolling down the beachfront promenade in Israel’s city of Eilat recently shocked the locals; as humans retreat to their homes in wake of pandemic, wildlife steps out of the shadows and returns to the habitats it once ruled

AFP | Published: 30March2020 https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/HkrN7IkvU#autoplay

As more and more countries go under coronavirus lockdown and as humans retreat into their homes, wild animals are slipping cover to explore the empty streets of some of our biggest cities.

Israelis were captivated by the sight of ibex strolling down the beachfront promenade in Eilat, while wild boar have descended from the hills around Barcelona and sika deer are nosing their way around the deserted metro stations of Nara, Japan.


Ibex saunter down Eilat’s beachfront promenade

Indian social media has gone wild about footage of a stag scampering through Dehradun, the capital of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

Gangs of wild turkeys have been strutting the streets of Oakland, California, while a puma turned up in the center of the Chilean capital Santiago, which is under curfew.

Puma walks in the locked-down streets of Santiago, Chile (Photo: AFP)

Puma walks in the locked-down streets of Santiago, Chile
(Photo: AFP)

“This is the habitat they once had and that we’ve taken away from them,” said Marcelo Giagnoni, the head of Chile’s agricultural and livestock service that helped police capture the curious big cat.

While sightings of dolphins in Venice’s canals turned out to be fanciful, they have been popping up in ports elsewhere in the Mediterranean as emboldened wildlife takes “free rein to wander our cities and towns”, said Romain Julliard, head of research at the French Natural History Museum.

Julliard told AFP that foxes were at the vanguard of the new urban explorers.
“They change their behavior very quickly. When a place becomes quiet, they’re straight in there.”

‘Spring of love’

Animals and birds that normally live in urban parks, like sparrows and pigeons are also more likely to venture beyond their usual territories, Julliard said, “freeing space for other animals”.

Sika deer wandering the deserted streets of Nara, Japan (Photo: AFP)

Sika deer wandering the deserted streets of Nara, Japan
(Photo: AFP)

While the dawn and dusk choruses have been bringing comfort to many quarantined city dwellers, the museum’s acoustics specialist Jerome Sueur said that doesn’t mean there are more urban birds than before.

It is more that with reduced traffic noise we can hear them better. Some, however, “stop singing when there is noise, so now they are letting themselves go.”

“Animals are shaking off human noise pollution,” Sueur said. And the timing could not have been better as they embark on their mating season.

With the hunting season suspended in several European countries, this promises to be a spring and possibly a summer of love for the animal kingdom.

A deer watches passersby in Nara, Japan (Photo: AFP)

A deer watches passersby in Nara, Japan
(Photo: AFP)

It is certainly great news for species like the common toad and the spotted salamander. The amorous amphibians are being spared from being “crushed crossing busy roads” in their haste to find a mate, said Jean-Noel Rieffel, of the French biodiversity office (OFB).

With few dog walkers to disturb them, baby fawns are also getting an idyllic start to life while birds like Mediterranean gulls who nest along the sandy banks of rivers are being left undisturbed.

In the Calanques National Park overlooking the Mediterranean near France’s second-largest city of Marseille, wildlife “is reclaiming its natural habitat with surprising speed”, said the park’s president, Didier Reault.

Stuck indoors, with their worlds reduced to a few square meters (yards), confined urbanites have suddenly become avid birdwatchers.

Dolphins sighted in the Mediterranean off the coast of France (Photo: AFP)

Dolphins sighted in the Mediterranean off the coast of France
(Photo: AFP)

British ornithologist David Lindo, who is known as the “Urban Birder”, has been tweeting and live streaming birds he spots from the roof of the building in Spain where he has been quarantined.

“The sky is a great arena, anything can fly past and, at the very least, it will give you peace. My message is simple: keep looking up,” he told his new-found followers.

However, there are also downsides to the lockdown for nature.

Work to limit invasive species has been all but halted, cautioned Loic Obled of the OFB, as well as that to help endangered species.

With walkers and boating banned, “the puffins who used to stay on the islets in the highest protected areas are not gathering on the sea,” he said.

Birdwatching to stay sane

And it is the same for plants. Wild orchids – which are supposed to be protected – are often picked by walkers when they blossom in late April and May, said Rieffel. This year they will be spared that fate.

And in the cities and suburbs, unmowed lawns will be a source of “bounty for bees, bumblebees and butterflies”, Julliard added.

Ducks wandering the abandoned streets of Paris (Photo: AFP)

Ducks wandering the abandoned streets of Paris
(Photo: AFP)

But for him, the biggest change is the effect this is having on humans. “The most important phenomenon perhaps is our relationship with nature changing – with people locked up in their homes realizing how much they miss nature,” he said.

And when the lockdown finally ends, Rieffel warned that “people will have a need of nature and there is a risk of too many visitors [to natural parks], which won’t be good for the flora and fauna.

“The birds which have nested in the yard of an abandoned school or factory will find themselves disturbed, he warned. Nature’s respite from man may be rather short-lived.

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Happy Cows Invade Empty Nature Preserve Near Haifa

By David Israel
22 Nisan 5780 – 16April2020 Photo Credit: Ilya Baskin / Nature and Parks Authority

Happy cows at Nof Galim Preserve

Happy cows at Nof Galim Preserve

Nof Galim is a nature preserve located on the beach alongside Highway 2, just south of Haifa, on either side of the Oren Stream, which is a full-blown river these days.

Happy cows at Nof Galim Preserve / Ilya Baskin / Nature and Parks Authority

Happy cows at Nof Galim Preserve / Ilya Baskin / Nature and Parks Authority

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority discovered on Wednesday that a small herd of peaceful cows started grazing along the riverbank, and were able to maintain their lifestyle of grazing and standing in the sun unmolested, since the country was under curfew for the last Passover holiday.

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Israel ranks ‘safest’ country during coronavirus pandemic

Deep Analysis Of Global Pandemic Data Reveals Important Insights

Margaretta Colangelo

COGNITIVE WORLD

AI Co-founder and Managing Partner at Deep Knowledge Group
Apr 13April2020 https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2020/04/13/covid-19-complexity-demands-sophisticated-analytics-deep-analysis-of-global-pandemic-data-reveals-important-insights/#7f9b037e2f6e

Top 40 Covid-19 safety countries ranking

Top 40 Safety Countries Ranking
Deep Knowledge Group

A massive amount of data about the pandemic is generated every day. Although organizations such as WHO, CDC, Johns Hopkins University, and Worldometers are disseminating important statistics daily, the data is not analyzed in an efficient way to provide insights. The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex system involving biology, human behavior, companies, and governments, and it’s influenced by healthcare, economics, governance, and geopolitics. Sophisticated analytical methods could help improve economic, societal, and geopolitical stability. Deep Knowledge Group has developed advanced analytical frameworks to analyze this data. The results are presented in the form of open source country rankings to help people and governments make informed decisions that maximize beneficial outcomes for humanity.

When the seriousness of the pandemic became clear, Deep Knowledge Group adapted its existing analytical frameworks, previously applied to complex domains such as as AI for Drug Discovery and NeuroTech, to the global COVID-19 pandemic landscape. A team of experts collected and analyzed data generated for 200 countries around the world. The results, based on deep analysis of 60 countries, was released today. To communicate the insights in a practical way, the analysts developed a ranking system. The rankings can be used as a tool for businesses and governments to aid in effective decision making and could assist response efforts in order to maximize health, stabilize economies, and help communities reopen for business. The analytical methodology will be adjusted over the next few months for advanced and qualitative assessment and AI may be used to analyze this data in the most efficient way.

Covid-19 safety countries ranking Methodology

COVID-19 Complexity Demands Sophisticated Analytics

The COVID-19 analytical frameworks have been designed to rapidly assess the changing situation in countries as they strive to mitigate the health and economic consequences of the virus. Big Data Analysis is applied to quantified and relevant parameters. By comparing them in tangible ways, they are able to serve as practical tools for decision makers. The analytics are fact-based and unbiased and can be accessed free of charge. Proprietary metrics and analytical techniques may be disclosed to relevant organizations and responsible governmental bodies.

The analysis revealed that some countries proved very effective at combating COVID-19 early on. These countries focused on early prevention by deploying quarantine measures before the number of confirmed cases surpassed 50,000, and using efficient methods for treating hospitalized patients. For example, China and Germany rapidly mobilizing emergency efforts early on to contain the virus and increase hospital capacity. They utilized technologies including AI, robotics, and big data analysis, in combination with medical treatment and healthcare management techniques structured in a sophisticated way.

Coronavirus Health Safety Countries Ranking

covid-19-health safety index https://www.dkv.global/covid-19-health-safety

DISCLAIMER

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The information represented on this web page is prepared by Deep Knowledge Group (DKG) and believed to be reliable. The data is collected from publicly available sources including World Health Organization, John Hopkins University, King’s College London, CDC. DKG makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of such information. Opinions, estimates and analysis represented at this web page constitute the current judgment and opinion of the author. DKG has no obligation to update, modify or amend statistics, diagrams, analytics represented at this web page or to otherwise notify a reader thereof in the event that any matter stated herein, or any opinion, estimate, forecast or analysis set forth herein, changes or subsequently becomes inaccurate. This web page is a non-profit initiative and serves for informational and indicative purposes only.

 

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Total Confirmed deaths covid-19 March2020 - 22April2020 by Country https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-deaths-covid-19?year=2020-04-12&time=2020-03-01..&country=BRA+FRA+DEU+IND+ITA+KOR+ESP+TUR+GBR+USA

Total Confirmed deaths covid-19 March2020 – 22April2020 by Country https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-deaths-covid-19?year=2020-04-12&time=2020-03-01..&country=BRA+FRA+DEU+IND+ITA+KOR+ESP+TUR+GBR+USA

Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths per million people Jan-Apr 2020 country=ISR+BEL+GBR+USA+CHE+SWE+IRL https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-covid-deaths-per-million?tab=chart&year=2020-05-06&time=2020-01-15..&country=BEL+IRL+ISR+SWE+CHE+GBR+USA

Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths per million people Jan-Apr 2020 country=ISR+BEL+GBR+USA+CHE+SWE+IRL https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-covid-deaths-per-million?tab=chart&year=2020-05-06&time=2020-01-15..&country=BEL+IRL+ISR+SWE+CHE+GBR+USA

[JerusalemCats comments: Thank you Hashem for protecting Eretz Israel and the Jews living here. We can only place our trust in You!
It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. (Deuteronomy 11:12)]

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ANALYSIS: Why Israel is the safest place to be during the current coronavirus crisis

There are many factors to Israel’s effective control of the pandemic, but the most telling one is its attitude to preserving life.

Yochanan Visser , 16April2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/278768
Israel is ranked the number one country for safety during the COVID-19 crisis by both Forbes and the research group Deep Knowledge and this is largely due to the country’s wide experience with crises and wars.

Israel also scored high when it comes to treatment efficiency with the country ranking place eight after Taiwan but before Japan.

When we take a good look at how this could happen in a country that has one of the lowest number of beds and hospital staff in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), we will see that Israel is uniquely positioned among the nations.

Israel spends less on healthcare than comparable states in the OECD, a mere $2780 per citizen annually whereas the United States, for example, spends more than $10,000 on healthcare for each citizen.

The OECD average is $4,000 per citizen annually.

Dmitry Kaminskiy of the Deep Knowledge Group told Arutz 7 that budget, though important, doesn’t say everything about the quality of a healthcare system.

Kaminsky said in an email interview that half a year ago his group conducted Longevity Governance Progress Big Data comparison analysis of 50 countries (a comparison of the effectiveness and level of advancement of healthcare systems).

Deep Knowledge also made the special case study “Longevity in the US” half a year ago, Kaminsky said.

“Whereas Singapore along with Israel was among the leaders, the US was assessed as one of the most inefficient countries in terms of spending budget and achievements in the field of health longevity,” he noted.

Israel does face a severe shortage of hospital beds with only three beds per 1,000 citizens whereas Japan, for example, has 13 beds per 1,000 citizens. Russia and Germany have 8 hospital beds per 1,000 citizens and even Poland has seven hospital beds per 1,000 Poles.

Roughly the same picture emerges when one looks at the quantity of medical personnel in Israeli hospitals: not enough nurses and the same situation when it comes to physicians.

So, how is it possible that Israel is now the safest place to be when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak?

-First of all, the Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, started early on in the pandemic to enforce what then were regarded as draconian measures to stem the spread of the virus.

Netanyahu halted all flights to China and banned the entrance of foreigners to Israel altogether, at a point in time when other countries were still in denial about the scope of the virus outbreak and the dangers it posed.

Netanyahu even pushed other leaders such as Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz to introduce the same regime of restrictions and it worked in the central European country as well.

-Then there is the fact that health workers in Israel are used to working under tremendous pressure and are often more highly educated and better trained than their counterparts in other OECD countries.

There is, however, much more to the story.

-In Israel during times of national crisis the population always works together with the Home Front (Civil Defense) Division of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who in this case correctly say that the citizens are the home front and not the division.

-The various security and emergency forces in Israel are, furthermore, used to working cooperatively together in containing a crisis and have, tragically, huge experience in dealing with disasters.

-In this case, Netanyahu, with the permission of the Israeli High Court of Justice, even enlisted Israel’s espionage agency Mossad to bring medical equipment and protective gear to Israel and also allowed the internal intelligence service, the Shin Bet (ISA), to use cyber tools that are usually used to track terrorists for tracking down people who had come into contact with known coronavirus carriers.

-Then there is the unique fact that Israel’s finest minds in times of crisis come together to help the country and in this case the world at large.

Many of these people have served in the IDF where they use a bottom-top model for taking crucial decisions about combat in real-time.

The majority of these IDF commanders and soldiers now form the backbone of the huge high-tech industry in the Jewish State and they are working feverishly to develop better and cheaper test kits as well as a vaccine for, and medicine to combat, COVID-19.

-One of the best examples of this trend is the Israeli company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a company that normally produces sophisticated weapons and drones.

IAI is now building respirators for coronavirus patients.

-The efforts to produce better and cheaper test kits has already yielded results with a team of scientists at Hebrew University now testing a new device that “is up to 10 times faster and more cost-effective than the methods currently used to analyze samples,” according to the innovation news site No Camels.

-Universities and scientific research centers such as the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot have been enlisted in the effort to do more testing and have already succeeded in nearly doubling the number of tests conducted daily in Israel.

-Israeli start-up Datos has, furthermore, accelerated the introduction of a “hospital-grade remote care platform that offers a fully automated approach to patient care and data handling.”

This device is now used to treat coronavirus patients in Israel and enables medical staff to treat these patients without approaching them.

-Israel also appears to have developed an effective method of treatment of seriously ill coronavirus patients.

Six critically ill coronavirus patients in Israel were treated with the placenta-based cell-therapy product of the Haifa-based Israeli firm Pluristem and are now recovering while their situation was critical before the treatment.

All patients had experienced organ failure and other acute problems such as complications stemming from inflammation and acute respiratory failure.

All in all, Israel has already developed 13 innovative solutions to help the world fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and ranks fifth on the list of nations to have developed innovative devices and methods to combat the virulent epidemic.

But there is yet another aspect that explains Israel’s unique position in the coronavirus crisis.

The country’s most important principle is to preserve life, rather than to protect of the rights of the individual as is the case in Western countries.

This principle is derived from Jewish law and the Torah that commands us to take good care of our souls and our bodies, while Jewish law (Halakha) teaches us that pikuach nefesh – saving a person in life threatening danger – is an overriding principle that overrules everything, including Shabbat observance.

These principles were on full display on Wednesday, the last day of the Passover festival, when Israel sent an Israir plane to Lisbon in Portugal to airlift stranded Israelis to their motherland.

Israelis who traveled abroad before or during the epidemic arrived from countries as far-flung as New Zealand to reach Lisbon and board the rescue flight.

My daughter was one of them and she and her partner escaped from the United Kingdom that is now in freefall as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The entire endeavor reminded the two of what is called in Hebrew ‘HaBricha m’Europa,’ the historic exodus of 250,000 Jews, mostly from Eastern Europe, to Israel in the years between 1944 and 1948 when the state of Israel was founded.

Those Holocaust survivors had the same difficulty in reaching Israel, though the roughly 70 Israelis in Lisbon received help from an expert team that was flown into Portugal by Israir.

There was no typical Israeli ‘balagan’ (the chaos that typifies Israel in non-crisis bureaucratic situations) at the airport in Lisbon or at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. The IDF soldiers who now, together with the police, run the national airport in Israel, behaved as if this new task was already a daily routine for them long before the coronavirus tried to attack Israel. They assisted the new arrivals with passion and compassion.
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Israeli 18-25s volunteer in droves to help during corona

Lev Echad, an NGO that activates whenever there’s a crisis, has thousands of young adults in Israel and hundreds in the US pitching in wherever needed.

By Abigail Klein Leichman April 14, 2020, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-18-25s-volunteer-in-droves-to-help-during-corona/

A Lev Echad volunteer in Israel.Photo by Ariel Liebman

A Lev Echad volunteer in Israel.Photo by Ariel Liebman

The undisputed heroes of the coronavirus pandemic are the men and women working long shifts in all our hospitals.

But many of them couldn’t get to work without a corona-compliant childcare alternative. This is being provided at 16 Israeli medical centers by an extraordinary volunteer organization called Lev Echad (One Heart) Community Crisis Aid.

Founded in 2005, Lev Echad is like a phoenix: It goes dormant between disasters and awakens quickly when the next emergency hits.

Lev Echad’s volunteer leaders, all in their early 20s, use personal connections and social media to recruit thousands of young citizens quickly, working hand in hand with local authorities to place them where needed most.

In the current situation, Lev Echad has about 12,422 active volunteers (and counting) plus another 13,000 on reserve. Most volunteers are between 18 and 25 years old. On any given day, hundreds of them go out to accomplish a range of needed activities.

“We have five operation centers across the country where people can call in and tell us what they need,” says coordinator Idan Dardik, 23. As of April 12, the total number of incoming calls was nearing 8,000.

“Hundreds of calls are received every day: people in quarantine who need help with grocery shopping; elderly people who seek assistance with buying medicine; a single mother who needs to get her child to a medical treatment; people in need who are usually helped by a charity that is now suspended; and many, many more,” he says.

Referrals are made to appropriate organizations when relevant. “We try to understand what is already being done by other organizations and pitch in to cover what is not being covered,” says Dardik.

Daycare for the children of medical personnel was one of those unfilled needs. Lev Echad worked with each hospital to find nearby spaces where about 80 volunteers care for some 500 children in small fixed groups according to Health Ministry guidelines.

 

Lev Echad volunteers caring for hospital workers’ children during the corona crisis. Photo: courtesy

Lev Echad volunteers caring for hospital workers’ children during the corona crisis. Photo: courtesy

In addition, close to 300 Lev Echad volunteers are distributing meals to the doors of thousands of residents in 15 cities. Another 166 are serving as “big brothers” and about 85 volunteers are assisting farmers.

Forty-five volunteer city coordinators determine with local officials where to direct assistance.

“In small towns, everyone understands who needs help and how to give it, but in cities we’re trying to work on the neighborhood level to organize the same kind of help,” Dardik tells ISRAEL21c.

“In this way we want to build a new Israel.”

From wars to snowstorms

Lev Echad began with students from Ein Prat Academy for Leadership, a values-based program for secular and religious men and women in the year between high school and mandatory military service.

In the summer of 2005, several Ein Prat participants rushed to help thousands of Israelis whom the government had forcibly evacuated from the Gaza Strip without providing adequate employment and housing alternatives.

“A year later, during the Lebanon War, the group mobilized again and decided to activate every time there is a crisis in Israel — anything from a war to a snowstorm in Jerusalem,” says Dardik. “We decided to open it again for the coronavirus crisis.”

Ein Prat alum Asher Katz, 23, joined with some army buddies in building communities along the Gaza border two years ago. The aim of their organization, Garin Hachayalim, is to assist people in towns like Sderot whenever missile attacks are launched from Gaza. Additional communities have been established in other border areas of Israel as well.

Katz took over the reins of Lev Echad around the same time, recruiting many Garin Hachayalim members as volunteers – including Dardik – to enable the “phoenix” to rise quickly in times of need.

Lev Echad in the USA

When the pandemic hit, Katz was in Manhattan developing a Zionist youth leadership movement sponsored by the Moise Safra Center.

“I was experienced in working with communities in times of crisis and I know how its members can be the biggest asset,” Katz tells ISRAEL21c.

“I saw the outbreak as an opportunity to make communities work this way using the same method that we had in Israel.”

A Lev Echad volunteer in New York. Photo: courtesy

A Lev Echad volunteer in New York. Photo: courtesy

Since March, Katz and volunteer assistants have recruited more than 300 volunteers aged 17 to 25, many of them from the new youth movement. There are also Lev Echad groups in Los Angeles and Dallas.

Lev Echad Manhattan volunteer Daniel Peters, 21, says the group responds to requests. For example, they’ve run errands for families dealing with cancer, and they did essential shopping for an elderly couple whose only child lives in another country. “She turned to us, and within a day her parents had what they needed.”

Some volunteers are assisting temporarily closed soup kitchens in the monumental task of packing meals to deliver to regular clients.

Peters said each organization that asks for volunteers must provide protective personal equipment such as facemasks. For individual missions, Lev Echad provides it if the volunteer doesn’t have it.

While Lev Echad in Israel is funded by individual donors, its new sister in the United States is funded by the Moise Safra Center.

“The Jewish community here has so many volunteer organizations that do wonderful work. But they were all trying to get specific volunteers for specific tasks,” says Katz. “We introduced the Lev Echad model where you bring a huge mass of people and they’re ready for whatever they are needed for.”

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The New Nazi Boycott of the Jews by the United Nations Human Rights Council

You have read the news about the UNHRC’s Boycott List and what some Companies and Individuals are doing about it. Below is the background and the list of European funded, terror-tied NGOs that spread lies about Israel and the Jews living in Judea, Samaria, The Golan Heights and Jerusalem.

 

Read all about European Funded, terror-tied NGOs and the damage that they have done. Catch The Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom ISBN-13: 978-9652297983.

 

Now that Israel has proven that the UN works with designated terrorist groups it can contact all financial companies to close all UN related bank accounts along with all the European funded NGOs that assisted in the UNHRC Boycott list. Since the UN and the European funded NGOx are in potential violation of “Money Laundering Laws” and the Financial institutions do not want to deal with a lawsuit .
What Jews in Israel and around the world and their supporters need to do is support the Companies on the Boycott List.

Click to download PDF file Click to download the list. UNHRC-Boycott-list-Israel.
The UN has a long history of Antisemitic attacks on Israel. Remember the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 “Zionism is racism”.

Given that BDS is illegal in New York, it is time to Boycott the UN in New York as we should do in Israel. Evict the UN Workers from the Jerusalem Apartments. Throw them out of your stores. Turn off the pumps at the Gas Station. You get the idea. Make their life a living hell. Treat them like the Red Cross was treated in Hebron. Remember that they are the enemy.

Being-Libertarian-tweet-25July2019 The law is not a moral compass. The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law. The people who killed her were following it.

Being-Libertarian-tweet-25July2019 The law is not a moral compass. The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law. The people who killed her were following it.

The law is not a moral compass. The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law. The people who killed her were following it. The next time someone screams Israel is violating “International Law”, show them this meme and ask, “What did your group or country do to actively save the Jews from the Holocaust, Pogrom or Terrorist Attack?” The list of Jew haters will be very, very long. For the US Democrats, let’s start with FDR closing the gates to Jewish immigration to the US in the 1930s and 1940s and not bombing the Death Camps. The British closed the gates to Eretz Israel. Germany, France and the rest of Europe along with the Arabs; aiding and abetting the Nazis in murdering 6 Million Jew along with Arab Pogroms against the Jews because they were Jews.

The law is not a moral compass. The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law. The people who killed her were following it. The next time someone screams Israel is violating “International Law”, show them this meme and ask, “What did your group or country do to actively save the Jews from the Holocaust, Pogrom or Terrorist Attack?” The list of Jew haters will be very, very long. For the US Democrats, let’s start with FDR closing the gates to Jewish immigration to the US in the 1930s and 1940s and not bombing the Death Camps. The British closed the gates to Eretz Israel. Germany, France and the rest of Europe along with the Arabs; aiding and abetting the Nazis in murdering 6 Million Jew along with Arab Pogroms against the Jews because they were Jews.


The Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses is the model for the current EU guidelines for boycotting Israeli products. Leftist policies are, by their very nature, totalitarian in impulse and execution http://moshe.blogit.fi/luokka/countries/israel/boycott/

The Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses is the model for the current EU guidelines for boycotting Israeli products. Leftist policies are, by their very nature, totalitarian in impulse and execution http://moshe.blogit.fi/luokka/countries/israel/boycott/


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This flags are flags of the Nazi Youth Organisation "Hitler-Jugend", regional branch of Palestine. The historical context to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini.

This flags are flags of the Nazi Youth Organisation “Hitler-Jugend”, regional branch of Palestine. The historical context to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini.

UN BDS Blacklist

After multiple delays over legal, due process, and methodological concerns, which do not seem to have been addressed, on February 12, 2020, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published its “Database of all business enterprises” that it claims contribute to “human rights concerns.” This UN blacklist, ordered by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), is meant to bolster BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns, singling out Israel. The unique treatment of Israel in this exercise, as with many other HRC initiatives, violates the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of antisemitism.

What is the Blacklist?

On March 24, 2016, the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) established Resolution 31/36, “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.” The Resolution called on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in consultation with the UN’s Working Group on Business and Human Rights to create a discriminatory blacklist of entities allegedly conducting activities in areas over the 1949 Armistice line. The database is aimed at economically damaging companies that are owned by Jews or do business with Israel, and is ultimately meant to harm the Jewish state.

 

This blacklist, aimed at advancing discriminatory anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions), operates from the false premises that business in occupied territory is “illegal settlement activity” and is barred by international law. In fact, there is no such prohibition and almost every country engages in and/or facilitates business activities in settlements in situations of occupation throughout the globe.

The discriminatory blacklist also targets companies providing security services to the State of Israel, by labeling legitimate security measures as “illegal settlement activity.” The purpose is to disrupt efforts to protect civilians from Palestinian terrorism and is part of a decades-long UN campaign to minimize and justify Palestinian violence.

Another major category of listed companies are those providing consumer goods and services (food, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, gas, water) to both Palestinians and Israelis. The UN seeks to bar such companies from operating or impose discriminatory business criteria with little regard as to the human rights and economic impacts on the local population.

The UN BDS Blacklist also targets companies that facilitate the promotion of Jewish and Christian heritage and tourism in Jerusalem and the West Bank. In other words, the BDS Blacklist seeks to erase Jewish and Christian history from the Holy Land and is therefore antisemitic in both intent and effect. Despite efforts to prevent its publication and multiple delays, the list will apparently be published in March 2019 at the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Catch The Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom https://www.amazon.com/Catch-Jew-Tuvia-Tenenbom/dp/9652297984/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4YVE1XVDE61ENZH4NDW7

Read all about European NGOs in “Catch The Jew!” by Tuvia Tenenbom

Which NGOs are Involved in the Creation of the Blacklist?

Read all about European Funded NGOs and the damage that they have done. Catch The Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom ISBN-13: 978-9652297983

Since 2016, NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Al-Haq, have been advocating for the UN BDS “blacklist” of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line. The blacklist selectively targets Israel apart from all other nations, is aimed at economically damaging companies that are owned by Jews or do business with Israel, and is ultimately meant to harm the Jewish State.

Primary NGOs Involved in the Creation of the UN Blacklist

  • Human Rights Watch
  • On November 21, 2016, Sari Bashi, then Israel/Palestine Advocacy Director, sent a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, praising the latest efforts to establish a UN boycott of Israel, and offering three specific companies to be included on the nascent UN blacklist.
  • According to the letter, HRW was “pleased to submit recommendations” to help create the database, and interpreted the criteria in a vastly expanded manner “to include locating or carrying out activities inside settlements and financing, administering, or otherwise supporting settlements or settlement-related activities and infrastructure, including by contracting to purchase settlement-manufactured goods or agricultural produce.” HRW also listed three specific institutions, two companies, and FIFA because it “allow[s] (sic) the IFA (Israel Football Association) to organize games inside settlements.”
  • In November 2017, HRW issued a press release applauding the forthcoming database for “build[ing] pressure on businesses.”
  • In November 2018, HRW, in cooperation with Israeli NGO Kerem Navot, published a report titled “Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land: Tourist Rental Listings in West Bank Settlements” that was the culmination of a two-year long coordinated and well-financed BDS campaign targeting Airbnb (and Booking.com). The report called to “Scrutinize the conduct of Airbnb and Booking.com to determine whether they merit inclusion in the database that the OHCHR is preparing on companies that are directly or indirectly enabling, facilitating, and profiting from the construction and growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank,” as well as to “Publish the database of companies as soon as possible to inform the public about the activities of businesses in settlements.”
  • In August 2019, HRW signed a joint letter to Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressing concern for the delay of the publication of the database. According to the letter, “the absence of accountability has enabled the Occupying Power, Israel, to engage in activity in violation of international law in the occupied territory with near total impunity. This has allowed many private actors, including businesses, to contribute to and benefit from, sometimes unwittingly, gross human rights violations.”
  1. Amnesty International
  2. Amnesty International has actively campaigned for the discriminatory blacklist, signing numerous statements and letters calling for its completion (see below).
  3. In 2018, Amnesty lobbied intensively in support of the discriminatory blacklist.
  4. Amnesty has published numerous statements and letters to the UN “targeting some of the businesses that are profiting from human rights abuses by operating in the illegal Israeli settlements.” According to Amnesty, the database “would give a glimmer of hope to the Palestinian people enduring half a century long military occupation, and stand as a reminder that the international community is committed to putting an end to the illegal settlement enterprise that is stifling their economy, depleting their natural resources, and undermining their human rights.”
  5. In November 2018, Gabriela Quijano, Legal Adviser for Business and Human Rights at Amnesty, presented at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights on “Corporate responsibility to respect human rights in situations of occupation.” While there are many situations of occupied territory globally, Quijano focused exclusively on boycotting Israel and praised the UN for its efforts in establishing the blacklist.
  6. In January 2019, Amnesty published a report on the “The Tourism Industry and Israeli Settlements,” alleging that “the Israeli government has political and ideological reasons for developing a tourism industry in occupied East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank,” and has “constructed many of its settlements close to archaeological sites…[as] part of an active campaign to normalize and legitimize Israel’s increasing control of the OPT.”
  7. In the report, Amnesty called to “Publish the UN Database of businesses operating in or with illegal Israeli settlements, as requested by the Human Rights Council in its Resolution 31/36 of March 2016, as soon as possible and thereafter regularly update it,” and further asked to “consider examining the provision or facilitation of tourism services in settlements or by settlers in the OPT, including through online platforms, for potential inclusion in further updates of the UN Database, in line with due process.”
  1. Al-Haq
  • Al-Haq has signed multiple statements and letters supporting the discriminatory blacklist. Al-Haq has also prepared many written statements to the UN encouraging the completion of the database (see below).
  • In November 2017, Al-Haq signed a statement “in support of the UN Human Rights Database on Business Activities related to Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” According to the statement, “The Database should be a mechanism that engages states and businesses as a tool for transparency and compliance control, including allowing states to meet their obligations not to recognize an illegal situation by assisting them in identifying companies that operate in settlements and trade in settlements goods. To that effect, it should ensure that data pertaining to companies involved in human rights violations in the OPT is publicly transmitted to the HRC as required by resolution 31/36.”
  • In November 2017, Al-Haq participated in a panel at the UN Business & Human Rights Forum “highlight[ing] the upcoming OHCHR database as a tool for transparency and effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”
  • In November 2016, Al-Haq, in partnership with  Who Profits, and BADIL held a side event at the United Nation’s Forum on Business and Human Righ