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Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz talks with Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked ahead of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sept. 12, 2021. Source: Channel 12/Screenshot.

Caught on hot mic, Israeli minister says ‘green pass’ not based on epidemiology

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Imposing “green pass” rules on certain venues is needed only to pressure members of the public to get vaccinated, and not for medical reasons, Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Sunday, ahead of...
The first Birthright Israel group after a year-long absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, May 24, 2021. Photo by Erez Uzir.

Birthright to resume trips, no quarantine in Israel for those fully vaccinated

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Birthright Israel received confirmation from the Israeli Ministry of Health that it can resume its trips to Israel, JNS has learned. The first Birthright Israel trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic took place in May,...
An Israeli health worker takes COVID-19 test samples in Tzfat on Aug. 31, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israel approves $17 million in appreciation grants for COVID-19 medical workers

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The Israeli Cabinet on Wednesday approved a decision by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to allocate 55 million shekels ($17.1 million) in grants for medical and health-system employees involved in treating COVID-19 patients. “The special grant...
F?rst graders at the Inbalim school in Modi'in Maccabim Reut on the first day of the new academic year, on Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israeli kids go back to school despite surge in infections

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After a year and a half of distance learning and “capsules” in classrooms—and despite a record 11,077 new COVID-19 diagnoses on Monday—Israel’s school year began for millions of students on Sept. 1. Each pupil was...
The Alfama quarter of Lisbon, Portugal, on April 24, 2011. Photo: Aubry Françon via Wikimedia Commons.

Portugal bans entry to Israelis over coronavirus concerns

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Portugal on Wednesday became the first European country to ban entry to Israelis after the European Union took the country off its COVID-19 safe travel list on Monday. The Portuguese ban covers vaccinated Israelis and those able...
https://www.jns.org/eu-removes-israel-us-safe-travel-list-due-to-covid-surge/

EU removes Israel, US from COVID-19 safe-travel list

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The European Union on Monday removed Israel, the United States and four other countries from its COVID-19 safe-travel list, meaning that travelers from those countries could now face increased restrictions. Removal from the list is...
Jewish twins were kept alive to be used in Dr. Josef Mengele's medical experiments. These children from Auschwitz were liberated by the Red Army in January 1945. Credit: USHMM/Belarusian State Archive of Documentary Film and Photography.

Kentucky Rep. Massie tweets out analogy between mask-wearing and Holocaust

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A member of the U.S. House of Representatives is under fire for a tweet that compared coronavirus restrictions to the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. The black-and-white image posted by Rep. Thomas...
Palestinian health workers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem are vaccinated against COVID-19 after a delivery of vaccine doses arrives from Israel on Feb. 3, 2021. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90.

US donates coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza Strip

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The delivery of a U.S. donation of 500,000 vaccines to counter the ongoing coronavirus arrived in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The Moderna vaccine doses were made in partnership with the...
Magen David medical worker take COVID-19 rapid antigen tests from Israeli kids at a COVID-19 test temporary station outside the Science Museum in Jerusalem, on August 19, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

New front line: IDF soldiers assist in pandemic preparations for new school year

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Thousands of soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command will assist in conducting a Health Ministry nationwide serological testing program for detecting coronavirus antibodies in children, a senior military officer said on...
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine seen on the production line. Credit: Mike Mareen/Shutterstock.

Third Pfizer vaccine shot 86 percent effective for those over 60, Israeli healthcare provider...

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The third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine was 86 percent effective for people over 60 years old, Israeli health care provider Maccabi said on Wednesday. Dr. Anat Ekka Zohar of Maccabi said the third...