86 criminal investigations opened due to quarantine violations

'This is no longer negligence or lack of awareness, but disrespect of precautions. The first people to be hurt will be the celebrators themselves, and afterwards, all of us.'

Arrest [illustrative] 150 (photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
Arrest [illustrative] 150
(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
Israeli Police announced on Wednesday afternoon that so far, it has opened 86 investigations into people violating their quarantine, with another 12 being opened on suspicion of spreading fake news about the novel coronavirus.
Three people were taken in by police for interrogation on Tuesday night for allegedly organizing a multi-part wedding in Bet Shemesh which had approximately 150 guests, far outreaching the Health Ministry's limitations in its new guidelines.
A new video that began circulating on the web, first shown on Channel 12, shows the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) wedding with far more than 10 attendees. As a result, the police opened an investigation into the incident.
"Published tonight is a documentation of an event that occurred in Bet Shemesh," a Channel 12 reporter wrote on Twitter, explaining that it is the wedding of two rebbes and slamming the gathering.
"This is no longer negligence or lack of awareness,  but disrespect of precautions. The first people to be hurt will be the celebrators themselves – and then afterwards, all of us," he continued. 
The wedding, which took place Tuesday night, was held between two families of "rebbes" - important hasidic rabbis in the Jewish haredi world. Although an event of this kind usually has up to 1,000 guests, only about 150 were present.
When asked about the matter, the organizers claimed that they were following the restrictions. However, video footage shows otherwise.
The Haredi Council of Torah Sages of Agudat Israel, as well as rebbes, rabbis and yeshiva leaders throughout the country called on their communities to follow the Health Ministry guidelines, which belong to the realm of "pikuach nefesh," a principle in Jewish law stating that the preservation of human life overrides any other religious rule.
Several people within haredi society who were concerned about the coronavirus filed a police report. They requested that something be done to raise awareness about the situation within the haredi communities, as they are not as well connected to general means of communication as is the rest of Israel.
The Police called the public to adhere to instructions and guidelines given by the Health Ministry as a part of the efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Israel.