When Israeli Politicians Demonize the Ultra-Orthodox

Last week, Alex Kushnir, a Knesset member from the secularist Yisrael Beytenu party, released a campaign video in which he complained that the government-run insurance program covers physical exams sometimes requested by Orthodox women for religious purposes. These exams, according to Kushnir, are performed “at the expense of the health budget, at the expense of those same people who are lying in the halls of hospitals, at the expense of those waiting months for medical tests, at the expense of those who are waiting to get a flu shot.” To the editors of the Jerusalem Post, Kushnir’s “crass” and “ugly” rhetoric should have no place in Israeli public discourse:

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More about: Israeli Arabs, Israeli Election 2020, Israeli politics, Ultra-Orthodox

Israel Experiences a Resurgence of COVID-19, but This Time with No One to Blame

During the past two weeks, the Israeli government has been gradually reopening schools, restaurants, and beaches, leading to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the reclosing of some schools, and the quarantining of hundreds. The new outbreaks, for the most part, have spared the ḥaredi communities so severely affected by the initial waves of the virus. But, writes Ruthie Blum, there has been no parallel expressions of anger akin to what was directed at the ultra-Orthodox two months ago:

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