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This July Fourth? It’s a freedom bonanza!

After a year-and-a-half of hunkering down, we are free at last—at least, for the most part. With the advent of vaccines, we welcome back hugs and backslapping, kids running amok with their grandparents, maybe...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at Ben-Gurion International Airport on June 22, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Bennett says for time being, Israelis should avoid non-essential travel abroad

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has asked Israeli citizens this week to avoid non-essential travel overseas in light of the Delta variant of the coronavirus infection rates. Speaking on Tuesday from Ben-Gurion International Airport, Bennett said...
Israeli Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levi speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem about the coronavirus, June 21, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Israel using vaccines rejected by Palestinian Authority

Israeli Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levi said on Monday that Israel was using the COVID-19 vaccines that the Palestinian Authority had rejected. The vaccines Israel had planned to send to the P.A. are being used “right...
Ben Gurion International Airport, June 20, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Wary of new outbreak, Israel to increase COVID screening at Ben-Gurion Airport

Israel will significantly increase COVID-19 screening at Ben-Gurion International Airport amid fears of the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, first detected in India. An Israeli Health Ministry committee has warned the government...
Israeli students wearing face masks to school in Tel Aviv, April 18, 2021. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry issues quarantine after COVID-19 confirmed at indoor concert

Israel’s Health Ministry on Sunday called on all attendees of an indoor concert in the northern Israeli city of Beit She’an on June 17 to immediately enter quarantine and get tested for COVID-19, after...
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine seen on the production line. Credit: Mike Mareen/Shutterstock.

Israel begins delivery of million-plus doses of Pfizer vaccine to Palestinians

Israel began its delivery of more than 1 million doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine to the Palestinian Authority on Friday that are set to expire soon. “An agreement was reached today, according to which...
New immigrants from North America arrive in Israel on a 'Group Aliyah Flight' sponsored by Nefesh B'Nefesh. August 14, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

North American immigration to Israel spikes after ‘year of COVID’

Some 5,000 new immigrants from the United States and Canada are scheduled to immigrate to Israel by the end of 2021, according to new data published by the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization in conjunction with...
Shoppers at a supermarket in Tel Aviv on June 14, 2021, after the Israeli Health Ministry announced the end of the obligation to wear a mask in closed public places. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israel lifts indoor mask requirement as COVID-19 recedes

Israel lifted its indoor mask requirement on Tuesday, taking another step towards returning to life pre-COVID-19. According to the Israeli Health Ministry, masks will still be required for employees and guests at elder-care facilities who...
Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, speaks at the American Jewish Committee Global Forum at the Jerusalem Convention Center on June 11, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel honors health-care workers for battle against COVID-19

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein attended a ceremony in Jerusalem on Sunday honoring the country’s health-system personnel and partner agencies for their contribution to the fight against the...
Tel Aviv, April 22, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel announces lifting of nearly all pandemic restrictions

Israel’s government announced on Tuesday that it was lifting most public restrictions connected to the coronavirus pandemic. “This decision was made against the background of the low morbidity data and the continuing downward trend in...