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A patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wears a full-face Easybreath snorkelling mas
Israel won't test people with COVID-19 symptoms unless they've traveled

Even those exhibiting serious symptoms will only be tested if they have recently traveled either abroad or to the Palestinian territories.

Ya'acov Litzman
Litzman disobeyed health rules before contracting coronavirus - report

The health minister reportedly did not follow the rules and restrictions which the health ministry announced before he tested positive for coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/04/2020
The 2020 finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
Sami Rohr Prize announces finalists for 2020 literary prize

Finalists include Jerusalem Post Editor Yaakov Katz for 'Shadow Strike', Mikhal Dekel, for 'Tehran Children', Sarah Hurwitz, for 'Here All Along' and Benjamin Balint for 'Kafk's Last Trial'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/04/2020
Teach Israeli kids English - here’s how

For poor Israeli families who were already struggling, or who live in small apartments with few activities for their kids, social distancing is even more challenging.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/04/2020
No government expected by Passover

Gantz informed the public on Friday that "essential and critical issues remain to be decided in coalition talks."

04/04/2020
Tamar Perets-Levi and her children
Israel raises NIS 2m. to support orphaned twins whose mom died of corona

“It is our collective responsibility to care for these young orphan boys."

Bnei Brak resident went to pray while knowing he has coronavirus

A Bnei Brak resident, who knew he tested positive for coronavirus, stayed with a yeshiva to pray along with 16 other people.

04/04/2020
Welcome to Israel's hotel coronavirus

Voices down the corridor: Israelis share stories from two of the country’s improvised quarantine facilities.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
03/04/2020
Beatie Deutsch
Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat

The marathon is usually scheduled for a Sunday, but was changed for this summer to a Saturday when a venue outside of Tokyo was chosen for the race.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/04/2020
EL Al flight returns to Israel from Australia with stranded Israelis

The direct flight was the longest in the history of Israeli aviation, taking 17 hours and 20 minutes, having taken off in Melbourne and landing at Ben-Gurion.

By CELIA JEAN
04/04/2020
A modern-day millennial

Baker described herself as a “millennial,” as she was born in 1992 and grew up with the Internet in the current Information Age, nonetheless was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with friends.

By SUSAN DE LA FUENTE
03/04/2020
Wine Talk: Drinking at home

Don’t let a mere virus get in the way -- open a bottle of wine and bring a bit of civilized culture into your home.

Jaffa riots continue for a second day, rocks thrown towards firefighters

A number of young people in Jaffa, including minors, set fire to dumpsters and threw rocks and bricks toward the road, later throwing rocks at a fire truck which arrived on the scene.

Israel shares anti-pandemic know-how with global community

Together with Health Ministry, non-profit publishes directory of more than 100 companies.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
03/04/2020
The High Court of Justice during a hearing
What is the state of Israel's courts in the time of coronavirus?

Efforts made to move forward with criminal trials for defendants being held in detention.

Fragiskos Alvertis and Panathinaikos BC have gone hand-in-hand through 30 brilliant years in the Gre
Panathinaikos icon Fragiskos Alvertis reflects on 30 years with the club

A classic Greek tale of basketball greatness

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
02/04/2020
Max Stern takes on all musical comers

Stern has traveled a long and winding musical, cultural and personal path since crossing the Pond.

02/04/2020
Bnei Brak - the coronavirus capital of the Jewish state

Who is to blame for the proliferation of the virus in the bastion of the haredi community?

Mount Scopus campus, Hebrew University Jerusalem
Bereft Barkat

This week's Jerusalem grapevine.

Benny Gantz betrayed no one

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Somebody had to cut the Gordian knot, and how good it is that somebody did

Enjoying music and art through Beit Avi Chai online

“The Beit Avi Chai staff is continuously updating our special website for this period, and launching a new series of interactive online classes, lectures, programs for children and families."

02/04/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese VP Wang Qishan attend the Committee on Innovation in I
An Israel-China policy is needed now more than ever

The deepening of the US-Sino rivalry will surely be one of the most significant new geopolitical features in a post-corona world

02/04/2020
Helmsley Trust donates $11 million to boost Israel’s COVID-19 efforts

The Helmsley grants include $5 million for eight Clalit Health Services hospitals, with $2.1 million to help transform Hasharon Hospital into a dedicated COVID-19 facility.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/04/2020
21st Maccabiah postponed a year for Olympics to 2022

Hoping to attract record number of competitors to Israel, Maccabi World Union doesn't want to conflict with delayed Tokyo Games

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/04/2020
Weddings in the time of corona

What’s it like to get married in the midst of a pandemic? Increasingly restrictive directives from the Health Ministry are impacting weddings. ‘In Jerusalem’ spoke with some of those affected.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
02/04/2020
Most new West Bank Palestinian coronavirus cases are workers from Israel

The PA is particularly concerned about the issue because due to the upcoming Passover holiday, some 50,000 Palestinian workers are expected to return home to the West Bank next week.

Shalom Jackson died of COVID-19 – Who looks after his friends?

Jackson was living at Mishan senior living center in Beersheba, where other patients of coronavirus were reported.

By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
02/04/2020
Israel’s coronavirus report card

The latest Health Ministry report says that 37% of infected Israelis are under age 30, 15% are 30-39 and 13% are 40-49. “What we are seeing now are the results of the steps taken three weeks ago."

Justice Minister Amir Ohana speaks at The Jerusalem Post-Maariv Group Conference, December 25, 2019
High Court keeps courts in emergency state amid coronavirus pandemic

The left has accused the Justice Minister of shutting down the courts to delay Netanyahu's trial

Jerusalem kids tackle lockdown challenges in ‘corona-hackathon’

PICO Kids works in over 60 schools across Israel’s capital, serving communities with a diverse religious and cultural background with the support of about 100 mentors as well as many volunteers.

President Rivlin meets with Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz about forming a government
Likud, Blue and White in marathon talks to reach deal on Friday

Netanyahu wants Edelstein as foreign minister

02/04/2020
The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California
Netflix leads on downloads, but YouTube Kids grabs more hours

The report did not give actual hours of usage, but ranked YouTube Kids first, followed by Netflix. YouTube itself was in third place.

By REUTERS
02/04/2020
Israel Innovation Authority to fast track grants totaling NIS 650 million

NIS 50 million of the package has been earmarked for projects dealing with solutions to the coronavirus epidemic.

Jerusalem musician’s song injects 'sunshine' into the coronavirus blues

"When I’m knocked down by doubt in myself and the bigger picture, by frustration and anger, I seek a deeper version of myself and knowledge of what it's all about.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/04/2020
Israel to halt demolition of Area C's illegal buildings due to coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, the Civil Administration has continued to remove illegal construction in Area C that belongs to both settlers and Palestinians

A patient receives chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer
New partnership ensures cancer patients receive life-saving treatment

For cancer patients unable to afford private methods of transportation, limited public services could mean losing access to life-saving treatment.

02/04/2020
Israelis line up at midnight to buy new Harry Potter book
International Children’s Books Day marked despite Coronavirus

Marking the birthday of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, the day is marked around the world to promote literature.

The Defense Ministry should lead Israel's fight against coronavirus

While the Health Ministry works to take care of those struggling to breath, the Defense Ministry has the best logistical arm to assume responsibility.

Distributing food
For Israel's elderly at home alone due to coronavirus, beware of crooks

The coronavirus crisis is a green light for crooks, and as a result, unscrupulous con merchants are pretending to deliver food or perform tests on unsuspecting Israelis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a speech at his Jerusalem office,
With Netanyahu in quarantine, how does the government work?

The Knesset has a different challenge – it doesn’t allow remote voting. MKs cannot call in their votes or leave a note or have someone vote in their place.

An empty classroom
Israeli high school finals to take place in emergency format

Due to the uncertainty leading into the Passover holiday, as of yet, the Education Ministry has decided to implement emergency formatting for high school matriculation exams.

02/04/2020
Coronavirus and Judaism: What you need to know

Prayers, Passover, mikva, and more - your questions, answered.

02/04/2020
David Broza
David Broza, Al Franken, Lewis Black to spice up online Seder

City Winery in New York, a branch of the City Winery chain, is offering a livestream event, The Downtown Seder 2020 at 6 p.m. ET on April 6.

A man types into a keyboard during the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Israeli researchers warn of 'escalation' in coronavirus cyber attacks

Hackers have embraced the soaring popularity of Netflix as part of their web-based fraud schemes. We have to "exercise good cyber hygiene, and be extra cautious when receiving documents and links."

02/04/2020
Israeli Magen David Adom medical team members transfer an Israeli man, suspected of being Covid-19 p
Armed troops to be deployed to Bnei Brak to help coronavirus efforts

12,000 IDF troops taking part in military's operation against the deadly virus; Bennett visits Bnei Brak; two troops from Ir HaBadim diagnosed with virus

Firas Jabbour (C), founder and CEO of start-up Edunation, a social-learning platform, meets with his
Israeli hi-tech to receive NIS 650 million 'first aid' injection

"It is well understood, even by the Finance Ministry, that the hi-tech industry in Israel holds the key to pulling us out of the economic crisis following the coronavirus pandemic."

02/04/2020
Toddler goes viral for instructing people to stay home due to coronavirus

"It is forbidden to go to the mall, it is forbidden to go to the supermarket, it is even forbidden to go to the gymboree!"

02/04/2020
Prof. Reuven Or, from the Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Immunotherapy Research Center, spea
HU professor wins over 3m. euro grant for groundbreaking cancer research

Three Hebrew U. researchers win a total of over 7m. euros from the European Research Council for "ground breaking and high risk projects" including the treatment of adult leukemia.

By CELIA JEAN
02/04/2020
Three Moroccan Jews, some related to MK Amir Peretz, die of coronavirus

Simone Peretz was in critical condition prior to her death and did not know that her son also was ill when she passed away, Amir Peretz wrote.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
02/04/2020
Israelis raise half a million dollars for twins of coronavirus victim

At least 13,770 donors contributed to the fund drive, which had a goal of $500,000 in 30 days.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
02/04/2020
A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
Students will have five final exams instead of seven due to coronavirus

The goal is to achieve the smallest number of students being tested in a single class room.

By OMRI RON
02/04/2020
A press conference on coronavrus held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Ya'acov
Netanyahu, heads of Mossad, NSC, MOH all in isolation after Litzman infected

Health minister accused of praying contrary to his own office’s guidelines

A Palestinian worker makes a protective suit at a factory amid concerns over the spread of the coron
Gaza factory manufactures Israel's coronavirus protective gear

Despite rising demand, Bawab said that he has yet to receive orders from the Palestinian market in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

By LEON SVERDLOV
02/04/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech at his Jerusalem office, regarding th
Finance Ministry slams Netanyahu's 'populist' coronavirus grants

The sources said the plan does not specify exact criteria for one to be eligible for the grants and is estimated to cost Israeli taxpayers around NIS 1.5 billion ($420 million).

By LEON SVERDLOV
02/04/2020
Returning series, new ones and classic movies coming up during Passover

From HBO to Netflix, YES and CellcomTV, there is plenty to watch this Passover.

A man wears a face mask as he walks in a market in Ashkelon while Israel tightened a national stay-a
Telzstone beats back its severe coronavirus outbreak

How exactly did Telzstone go from being a coronavirus epicenter to a beacon for how to deal with the epidemic in such a short period of time?

Netanyahu, Bennett rivalry could leave Yamina in opposition

The Netanyahu-Bennett fight that began more than a decade ago when Bennett was Netanyahu’s chief of staff, has intensified during the crisis over the corona virus.

01/04/2020
Israeli basketball phenom Deni Avdija drafted into IDF

With Maccabi Tel Aviv season on hold NBA lottery prospect joins army, to continue service in US.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/04/2020
An African migrant sits near the Old Central Bus Station in south Tel Aviv, Israel February 3, 2020
Coronavirus: How are asylum seekers and foreign workers in Israel coping?

Asylum seekers are going through difficulties in terms of economic stability, access to health insurance and general fear related to the coronavirus outbreak.

15,000 families receive Kimcha D’pischa Passover food bundles

Head of the Satmar Williamsburg hassidic community in Israel Rabbi Ephraim Stern says charitable giving at such time will soften the ‘harsh decree’ of the coronavirus epidemic.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened of a total lockdown as coronavirus infects 2,369 Israel
Blue and White threatens to pass anti-Netanyahu bills

Gantz: "Israel deserves a functioning government and coalition, which sees the Knesset as an institution which oversees it, critiques it, and sometimes even inhibits it."

01/04/2020
Israeli police officers seen during a raid on the ultra orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Meah Shearim
Dozens of people protest in Jaffa after quarantine violator arrested

Four men were arrested and the violator was fined for breaking the Health Ministry regulations.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
Hod Hashron father who murdered infant daughter indicted

Barak Ben Ami allegedly exploded in rage after an argument with his wife and attempted to murder her and their children.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
Coronavirus leaves one-month-old baby stranded

Gay couple says Israel won’t let them come home with their surrogate child.

By AARON ENGELBERG
01/04/2020
Israelis to celebrate Shabbat from their balconies this weekend

While Israelis will be confined to their homes this weekend, it won't stop thousands from sharing a prayer together in solidarity from the safety of their own home.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
The High Court of Justice during a hearing
Will coronavirus lead to nationwide voiding of contracts?

This could lead to an unparalleled number of lawsuits, which could overwhelm a judicial system that is itself barely operating at present.

No sparkle as coronavirus shutters Israel's diamond industry

Exports of polished diamonds dropped by some 28% to $4.9 billion last year as the global industry was hit hard by the US-China trade war and mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

01/04/2020
Arab Israelis fear they won’t be able to cope with coronavirus alone

Nazareth Hospital opens department for receiving infected patients

Significant drop in military ops in the West Bank due to the coronavirus

Lone soldiers to get financial help to help reduce financial stress caused by the virus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a statement
Netanyahu’s quarantine policy for foreign arrivals turns out to be illegal

PM orders that all arrivals from abroad be sent to quarantine after previously favoring self-isolation; Bennett says policy is impractical, costly.

money
Four-fifths of Israelis are stressed out by coronavirus - survey

A new IDI survey shows that more than half the population is worried about their finances – but half still trust the government's financial professionals.

By ZEV STUB
01/04/2020
JJ Sussman
The Four Questions of Hope

With Pesach just around the corner, let's stop complaining at a distance and refocus our observations.

By JJ SUSSMAN
01/04/2020
Israeli Magen David Adom medical team members transfer an Israeli man, suspected of being Covid-19 p
Coronavirus and preexisting medical conditions: Which ones kill?

A third of the Israeli population suffers from one of these diseases, which puts a great amount of the public at risk.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
A member of medical staff swabs the nose of a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
PA prioritizes terror payments over welfare as coronavirus curbs budget

The Palestinian Authority is expecting a 50% decrease in income thanks to the impact of the virus.

The basic error is to treat all the settlements alike
Shaked: Without annexation of settlements, government must not exist

The Sovereignty Movement has issued a statement urging Netanyahu and Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz to include sovereignty in the government’s policy platform.

Young Israelis arrive to the Israeli army recruitment center at Tel Hashomer, outside of Tel Aviv on
Even amid coronavirus shutdown, you’re in the army now

Induction day is certainly challenging in the best of times. And these are certainly not the best of times.

01/04/2020
Moshe Leon (r) inspects the new testing facility in East Jerusalem.
Drive thru coronavirus testing center planned for east Jerusalem

Around 4,000 people were tested at drive through centers across Israel on Tuesday

Hanan Ben Ari, October 2019
Israeli singers find meaning in coronavirus outbreak

Many Israeli artists have offered free live-streamed concerts since the outbreak began and gatherings were banned

01/04/2020
A man walks in an alley inside Jerusalem's Old CIty as shops are closed amid coronavirus restriction
Israeli unemployment exceeds one million: 24.4% of workforce

"Unfortunately, our forecasts materialized - we reached one million jobseekers in March alone."

01/04/2020
Eggs (illustrative)
Amid shortage, Israeli chefs cook up egg-ceptional Passover alternatives

Chefs and bakers share holiday recipes as Agriculture Ministry vows to speed up egg imports in response to coronavirus-linked disruptions

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
01/04/2020
Songwriter Adam Schlesinger hospitalized with coronavirus

Schlesinger, 52, who grew up in a secular Jewish home, has been in an unnamed hospital in upstate New York for over a week.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
01/04/2020
HAREDIM GATHER en masse in Bnei Brak. Is their leadership’s political model sustainable?
Bnei Brak mayor: 'The city must not become a ghetto'

Abraham Rubinstein spoke from his isolation about the possibility of a lockdown of the entire city: "we can't build a prison; the people won’t be able to handle it"

By MAARIV ONLINE
01/04/2020
Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport
After several canceled flights, 31 Brazilian Jews find their way to Israel

For 14 passengers from Rio, the door-to-door journey lasted an exhausting 50 hours.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
01/04/2020
Mexico flag
Mexican-Jewish folk troupe shows new piece on YouTube after show canceled

The show was originally slated for the end of March, but was canceled due to the coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
Police officers close synagogues and disperse public gatherings in the ultra orthodox Jewish neighbo
The ultra-Orthodox radicals fighting the police coronavirus enforcement

In general, these hardliners belong to communities associated with the radical, anti-Zionist Eda Haredit association of ultra-Orthodox communities.

EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR Khaled Azmi with President Reuven Rivlin
Grapevine: Two people, three opinions

Movers and shakers of Israeli society.

The Mamilla shopping mall in Jerusalem
Business as usual in Jerusalem as online mall opens for locals

The mall, an initiative of the Jerusalem Municipality, is free for local businesses to join and will be promoted by the municipality through a variety of platforms.

31/03/2020
IAF attacks Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, November 20, 2019
Syria claims Israel struck Homs for second time this month

The Syrian Defense Ministry claimed that Israeli aircraft carried out the strike from Lebanese airspace.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
How does Israel's NIS 80b. stimulus package compare to global efforts?

For many in the business sector there is little appetite to celebrate at all. Others, looking at measures implemented by other governments, are green with envy.

01/04/2020
Elite troops of the IDF will contribute to Israel's fight against coronavirus
IDF's elite Sayeret Matkal playing role in war against coronavirus

IAI and Invoytec to produce Israeli-developed ventilators in missile production plant.

Radar system protecting Israel’s borders will monitor coronavirus patients

Two military systems developed by Elbit and IAI will remotely monitor and measure vital signs

Gantz decides to exempt Knesset from Corona rules

"My goal is to enable the Knesset to function as well as possible under the circumstances," Gantz said.

31/03/2020
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