When the Black Death swept through Europe in the mid-14th century, Jews suffered not only from the disease itself but also from violent outbursts of anti-Semitism at the hands of Christian neighbors, who accused them of spreading it by, among other means, poisoning the wells. Ira Stoll points to signs that the coronavirus is having a similar effect:
As with Past Plagues, Beware an Outbreak of Anti-Semitism
Israel Has Dodged a Constitutional Crisis, but Only Temporarily
Two weeks ago, then-Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein refused to hold a vote for his replacement, insisting that, in keeping with precedent, the new speaker should only be chosen after a governing coalition has been formed. As his move prevented the newly installed Israeli parliament from resuming its normal business, the Supreme Court tried to break the impasse with two unprecedented interventions into the legislative branch. To Evelyn Gordon, Edelstein acted out of a “genuine and serious concern” about constitutionally questionable moves by his opponents, even if the court was justified in its order that elections for the new speaker take place.