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 2020-04-03 14:25 

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Bnei Brak deputy mayor says virus closure a 'death trap' for city's elderly...

Gedalyahu Ben Shimon asserts lockdown will boost infection's spread among residents; police continue crackdown on illegal prayer gathering in ultra-Orthodox communitiesGedalyahu Ben Shimon asserts lockdown will boost infection's spread among resid...

 2020-04-03 13:35 

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As cops enforce Bnei Brak lockdown, IDF tasked with operating inside the city...

Government makes military responsible for providing 'civil assistance' to ultra-Orthodox city near Tel Aviv; troops to help evacuate sick and elderly, but will not use forceGovernment makes military responsible for providing 'civil assistance&...

 2020-04-03 13:26 

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Litzman's worst failure to explain the pandemic's horrors to his own community...

The principal reason ultra-Orthodox politicians exist is to safeguard the well-being of their insular constituents. When that became a life-or-death mission, they let us all downThe principal reason ultra-Orthodox politicians exist is to safeguard the wel...

 2020-04-03 13:15 

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Author says Labour always had anti-Semitic seam, but new leader could reboot it...

Journalist Ian Hernon's 'Anti-Semitism and the Left' details the British party's history of bigotry well before Jeremy Corbyn's reign; his successor is to be announced on April 4Journalist Ian Hernon's 'Anti-Semitism and the Le...

 2020-04-03 12:47 

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The siege of Bnei Brak: 7 things to know for April 3...

The insular ultra-Orthodox city is now forcibly so, but concerns about the police cordon around the city are almost as heavy as those about the health of the community itselfThe insular ultra-Orthodox city is now forcibly so, but concerns about the police...

 2020-04-03 11:55 

Times of Israel

Accused killer of US journalist Daniel Pearl to stay in prison as case appealed...

After court overturns murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, government says he and 3 others will remain jailed for nowAfter court overturns murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, government says he and 3 others will remain jailed for now...

 2020-04-03 11:37 

Times of Israel

Bnei Brak deputy mayor says closure a 'death trap' for city's elderly...

Gedalyahu Ben Shimon asserts lockdown will boost infection's spread among residents; Home Front chief: Few ill residents have answered call to leave, but we won't use forceGedalyahu Ben Shimon asserts lockdown will boost infection's spread amo...

 2020-04-03 11:28 

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Israel to help Christians share 'holy fire' ritual amid pandemic...

Israeli officials say the mysterious pre-Easter ceremony limited to 10 leaders, who will deliver the flame to overseas communities through creative meansIsraeli officials say the mysterious pre-Easter ceremony limited to 10 leaders, who will deliver the f...

 2020-04-03 10:36 

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Health minister Litzman's cellphone tracked after virus diagnosis...

Officials interview minister about his whereabouts in recent days, say those exposed to him alerted; sources close to UTJ head deny he flouted guidelines with indoor group prayerOfficials interview minister about his whereabouts in recent days, say those ...

 2020-04-03 09:58 

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22-year-old virus patient placed on life support as condition deteriorates...

Man, who had no previous health issues, had recently traveled to US; is the youngest person in the country in serious condition from coronavirusMan, who had no previous health issues, had recently traveled to US; is the youngest person in the country in s...

 2020-04-03 09:35 

Times of Israel

A coronavirus seder planner...

To supplement our popular haggadah, 'A Different Night' - or any other haggadah: Tips to help you connect, while apart, for a socially distant meaningful, memorable PassoverTo supplement our popular haggadah, 'A Different Night' - or any o...

 2020-04-03 09:00 

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Israel arrests Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs for fourth time...

Fadi al-Hidmi detained at his home on suspicions of Palestinian Authority 'activities' in East Jerusalem, which Israel prohibitsFadi al-Hidmi detained at his home on suspicions of Palestinian Authority 'activities' in East Jerusalem, which...

 2020-04-03 08:49 

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Beit Shemesh man indicted for assaulting cops enforcing virus lockdown measures...

Man was part of group of ultra-Orthodox residents who gathered near a synagogue against health restrictions; he is accused of refusing to disperse, cursing and spitting at officerMan was part of group of ultra-Orthodox residents who gathered near a synago...

 2020-04-03 08:05 

Times of Israel

El Al brings hundreds of stranded Israelis back from Melbourne in 17-hour flight...

Flight, which according to some reports was longest in Israeli aviation history, carried some 280 passengers; crew of 19 included 8 pilotsFlight, which according to some reports was longest in Israeli aviation history, carried some 280 passengers; crew of...

 2020-04-03 07:33 

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Report: Iran-linked hackers attempt to infiltrate World Health Organization...

Sources tell news agency that as pandemic rages, state actors use phishing techniques to try to gain access to personal accounts of staffSources tell news agency that as pandemic rages, state actors use phishing techniques to try to gain access to persona...

 2020-04-03 06:56 

Times of Israel

LISTEN: NYT Jerusalem chief vents about the bumpy road to new Israeli government...

Episode #30: A month after the Israeli elections, there's still no coalition. David Halbfinger explains why * Jewish thinkers' thoughts on this special PassoverEpisode #30: A month after the Israeli elections, there's still no coalition. David...

 2020-04-03 06:48 

Times of Israel

Google to publish user location data to help governments tackle virus...

While tracking social distancing trends, no 'personally identifiable information,' such as a person's contacts or movements, will be made available, tech giant saysWhile tracking social distancing trends, no 'personally identifiable inform...

 2020-04-03 06:25 

Times of Israel

Police deploy in force as virus-struck Bnei Brak becomes 'restricted zone'...

Over 1,000 officers set up checkpoints to close off ultra-Orthodox city; police official says some residents will be removed to quarantine, troops can use 'proportionate force'Over 1,000 officers set up checkpoints to close off ultra-Orthodox city...

 2020-04-03 05:56 

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71-year-old man dies of coronavirus, bringing death toll to 37...

Sheba Medical Center says victim had preexisting illnesses; number of infections top 6,800 on ThursdaySheba Medical Center says victim had preexisting illnesses; number of infections top 6,800 on Thursday...

 2020-04-03 05:10 

Times of Israel

New York races to add hospital beds as mayor urges all to wear masks outside...

With some 1,000 new hospitalizations every day and equipment and medical staff on short supply, officials say pandemic's peak could still be weeks awayWith some 1,000 new hospitalizations every day and equipment and medical staff on short supply, offi...

 2020-04-03 04:46 

Times of Israel

Online Kaddish, Shabbat burials: Jewish legal authorities grapple with pandemic...

Coronavirus outbreak has prompted an unprecedented flurry of questions for rabbis on how to adapt group prayers, seders, and ritual immersion to crisisCoronavirus outbreak has prompted an unprecedented flurry of questions for rabbis on how to adapt group ...

 2020-04-03 03:36 

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Plagued by failure: 'The Yom Kippur War of the Israeli health system'...

Experts say Health Ministry has long suffered a lack of coordination, planning and oversight, leaving it woefully unprepared for coronavirus despite strong signs disaster loomedExperts say Health Ministry has long suffered a lack of coordination, planning...

 2020-04-03 03:11 

Times of Israel

Empire Kosher closes chicken plant for 2 weeks after employees contract virus...

Officials say shutdown of processing facility in Pennsylvania not likely to cause kosher chicken shortage for PassoverOfficials say shutdown of processing facility in Pennsylvania not likely to cause kosher chicken shortage for Passover...

 2020-04-03 02:38 

Times of Israel

Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat...

Beatie Deutsch hopes that rescheduling Tokyo games will be an opportunity to ensure race not scheduled for a Saturday again, denting her ambitionsBeatie Deutsch hopes that rescheduling Tokyo games will be an opportunity to ensure race not scheduled for a ...

 2020-04-03 01:58 

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Amid shortage, Palestinian university develops homegrown ventilator prototype...

Al-Quds University president says, if approved, the school will manufacture the devices to help in West Bank and Gaza where there are less than 350 breathing machinesAl-Quds University president says, if approved, the school will manufacture the devices t...

 2020-04-03 01:08 

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'Purim came at really bad time in outbreak,' why Jewish groups were hit so hard?...

'I would have canceled' says rueful manager of band that performed for 300 people in Crown Heights, he looked for guidance from the CDC and rabbis, but found none'I would have canceled' says rueful manager of band that performed for 300 pe...

 2020-04-03 00:23 

Times of Israel

Trump admin moves toward promoting broader use of face masks...

However, officials concerned wearing masks will detract from social distancing efforts; Pence says direct payments to hospitals could cover those without insuranceHowever, officials concerned wearing masks will detract from social distancing efforts; Penc...

 2020-04-02 23:36 

Times of Israel

Having a solo Passover seder? There are plenty of guides for you...

A multitude of online resources are available to help navigate the situation and technology this holiday, from using Zoom to ordering kosher foodA multitude of online resources are available to help navigate the situation and technology this holiday, from...

 2020-04-02 23:36 

Times of Israel

Trump announces he tested negative on new coronavirus test...

US president says he took second, less invasive test out of curiosity, to see how fast it works; 'It said the president tested negative for COVID-19'US president says he took second, less invasive test out of curiosity, to see how fast it works; &...

 2020-04-02 23:05 

Times of Israel

Unity government nears completion as Yamina threatens to bolt...

Likud, Blue and White may have found a solution to their standoff over West Bank annexation: Let Trump decideLikud, Blue and White may have found a solution to their standoff over West Bank annexation: Let Trump decide...

 2020-04-02 22:32 

Times of Israel

Biden urges Iran sanctions relief over virus...

Democratic frontrunner says inhibiting access to humanitarian assistance is cruel, calls on Tehran to release detained AmericansDemocratic frontrunner says inhibiting access to humanitarian assistance is cruel, calls on Tehran to release detained American...

 2020-04-02 22:09 

Times of Israel

Netanyahu, top finance officials test negative for virus...

Many top Israeli officials in quarantine after Health Minister Litzman diagnosed with coronavirus; PM to remain in isolation, working from residenceMany top Israeli officials in quarantine after Health Minister Litzman diagnosed with coronavirus; PM to re...

 2020-04-02 21:29 

Times of Israel

Center, left MKs demand Litzman's ouster amid allegations he flaunted guidelines...

Yesh Atid and Meretz chairmen call for Netanyahu to fire health minister after report shows he attended prayer services that were barred by government to prevent spread of virusYesh Atid and Meretz chairmen call for Netanyahu to fire health minister after...

 2020-04-02 20:48 

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Jewish astronaut in space gives Israelis advice on isolation...

Speaking from the International Space Station via the US's Jerusalem embassy Twitter account, Jessica Meir urges earthlings to look after both their physical and mental healthSpeaking from the International Space Station via the US's Jerusalem emb...

 2020-04-02 20:35 

Times of Israel

Cabinet declares Bnei Brak 'restricted zone,' readies to do same for other towns...

Ministers approve measure requiring those returning from abroad without a place to self-quarantine to lodge in state-funded isolation sites for 2 weeksMinisters approve measure requiring those returning from abroad without a place to self-quarantine to lo...

 2020-04-02 20:06 

Times of Israel

Testing sites reportedly close early due to shortage of lab materials...

Health Ministry said to order medical personnel to cease offering new tests due to dearth of chemicals in laboratoriesHealth Ministry said to order medical personnel to cease offering new tests due to dearth of chemicals in laboratories...

 2020-04-02 19:56 

Times of Israel

Hamas chief threatens Israel over ventilators for coronavirus patients...

Yahya Sinwar says if breathing machines not brought to Gaza, terror group will 'stop the breathing of 6 million Israelis'Yahya Sinwar says if breathing machines not brought to Gaza, terror group will 'stop the breathing of 6 million Israelis&#...

 2020-04-02 19:51 

Times of Israel

LISTEN: Alone together with Fiona — from the WhyWhyWhy! podcast...

What happens when you discover that a dear friend lives within shouting distance of your Tel Aviv apartment? Well, if you can't go outside, you shoutWhat happens when you discover that a dear friend lives within shouting distance of your Tel Aviv apar...

 2020-04-02 19:49 

Times of Israel

Extremists see global chaos from coronavirus as an opportunity...

Crisis presents a threat to both Islamic State group and al-Qaeda, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval as an opportunityCrisis presents a threat to both Islamic State group and al-Qaeda, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval as an ...

 2020-04-02 19:18 

Times of Israel

Global coronavirus cases cross one million, with more than 50,000 deaths...

More than half of infected are in Europe; virus wreaks havoc on global economy, with US announcing a record 6.65 million workers who filed for unemployment benefits last weekMore than half of infected are in Europe; virus wreaks havoc on global economy, w...

 2020-04-02 18:55 

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Shaked: If Netanyahu breaks up bloc, we'll be 'combative right-wing opposition'...

Yamina No. 3 says PM ignoring religious Zionist party in negotiations to form unity government; sources close to premier: 'no basis for hysteria'Yamina No. 3 says PM ignoring religious Zionist party in negotiations to form unity government; source...

 2020-04-02 18:31 

Times of Israel

Israeli coronavirus fatalities mostly elderly men, average age 79.8...

64% of dead are male, only 6% under 60, in line with global averages; 50,000 now deceased worldwide, with nearly a million infections64% of dead are male, only 6% under 60, in line with global averages; 50,000 now deceased worldwide, with nearly a million...

 2020-04-02 18:22 

Times of Israel

Infected health minister accused of flouting rules, endangering Israel's leaders...

Yaakov Litzman's positive test has forced Netanyahu and most of the top Israeli officials tackling pandemic into quarantine; he denies claims he ignored ban on group prayerYaakov Litzman's positive test has forced Netanyahu and most of the top Isr...

 2020-04-02 17:54 

Times of Israel

IDF to send paratrooper division into virus-stricken Bnei Brak to help residents...

Unit will not enforce lockdown, but rather provide food, medicine and other services; military says over 12,000 troops involved in national pandemic responseUnit will not enforce lockdown, but rather provide food, medicine and other services; military say...

 2020-04-02 17:25 

Times of Israel

Coronavirus cases in Israel rise to 6,857; Jerusalem woman, 98, dies...

Death toll climbs to 34 with 8 fresh fatalities and 689 confirmed new cases; 83 on ventilators; authorities ramp up testing, with 6,169 checks on ThursdayDeath toll climbs to 34 with 8 fresh fatalities and 689 confirmed new cases; 83 on ventilators; autho...

 2020-04-02 17:16 

Times of Israel

Virus season brings rise in settler violence targeting Palestinians...

Number of monthly attacks climbs from 9 to 16, despite restrictions that only permit Israelis to leave their homes to carry out essential activitiesNumber of monthly attacks climbs from 9 to 16, despite restrictions that only permit Israelis to leave thei...

 2020-04-02 16:58 

Times of Israel

Consumer council finds massive price differences in Passover products...

With large price gaps between supermarkets for matzah and Passover items such as potato starch, consumers advised to compare prices, which, overall, are similar to last year'sWith large price gaps between supermarkets for matzah and Passover items suc...

 2020-04-02 16:43 

Times of Israel

Iran's parliament speaker tests positive for virus, is in quarantine...

Ali Larijani is highest ranking Iranian official to contract coronavirus; President Rouhani acknowledges severity of crisis, calls for adherence to health ministry protocolsAli Larijani is highest ranking Iranian official to contract coronavirus; Presiden...

 2020-04-02 16:40 

Times of Israel

Military to evacuate 4,500 elderly Bnei Brak residents to quarantine hotels...

Ministers set to approve new emergency directives, including almost-total closure of ultra-Orthodox city hardest hit by virus; plan to go into effect on SundayMinisters set to approve new emergency directives, including almost-total closure of ultra-Ortho...

 2020-04-02 16:25 

Times of Israel

80-90% of ventilators in West Bank and Gaza already in use, WHO official says...

Palestinian Authority official warns of a 'disaster' if Palestinian workers do not abide by quarantine upon returning to West BankPalestinian Authority official warns of a 'disaster' if Palestinian workers do not abide by quarantine upon r...

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