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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

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

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,...
Shoppers at the Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem on July 19, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel approves new restrictions to curb rise in COVID-19 infection

In an effort to curb the fourth wave of the pandemic in the country, Israel’s coronavirus Cabinet has approved a series of new restrictions, the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Wednesday. According to the PMO, the...
A medical professional preparing a COVID-19 vaccine in Jerusalem. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Will an Israeli vaccine be the solution to new variants?

Several COVID-19 vaccines under development in Israel hold out promise for their ability to protect against variants of the virus that are challenging existing vaccines. Back in May 2020, research groups across the world were...
The “burning of the Jews” depiction during Europe’s Black Death plague. Source: University of Iowa’s Library.

‘Not vaccinated:’ How refusal is spreading the virus of anti-Semitism

A sad sight has returned to the streets of New York—and doubtless, to other cities around the country in which a growing majority of residents have vaccinated themselves from COVID-19. People are wearing masks...
An Israeli receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Jerusalem on Dec. 21, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel becomes first country to start third vaccine shot to those over 60

Israel is going to start offering a third shot of the Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to people over the age of 60, Health Ministry Director-General Professor Nachman Ash announced on Thursday. Ash said that the...
A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine injection at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel and South Korea sign COVID-19 vaccine pact

Israel and South Korea signed a COVID-19 vaccine supply agreement on Tuesday, allowing for more effective use of present and future inventories for both countries. Under the deal, Israel will transfer about 700,000 doses of...
An Israeli young woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Tel Aviv, June 22, 2021. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Pfizer vaccine doesn’t affect fertility, study shows

Widespread rumors that mRNA vaccines negatively impact fertility are unfounded, according to new research from the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center. The team studied 36 couples undergoing a second round...
Fourth of July. Credit: Pixabay.

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...