Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Israel's coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu
(photo credit: CANVA.COM)
The closure will go into effect at 2 p.m. on Friday and last through Simchat Torah on October 9.
The country is heading into a three-week nearly total lockdown on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the government determined on Sunday after more than seven hours of heated debate. The closure will go into effect at 2 p.m. on Friday and last through Simchat Torah on October 9.
During the lockdown, the school system will remain closed, except for special education and programs for at-risk youth. People will not be able to venture more than 500 meters from home. Restaurants, shopping centers and businesses that offer leisure and recreational activities will be shut down.
THE private sector will be allowed to continue working, so long as these businesses follow the Purple Ribbon protocol. The public sector will operate in a limited format like it did in March and April.
The airport will stay open.
Finally, there will be a special outline for High Holy Day prayers.
“There are detailed regulations that the government will approve in the next two days,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained during a briefing held shortly after the vote. “I know these steps will take a heavy toll, that this is not the holiday we are used to, and that we will certainly not be able to celebrate with the whole family.”
But he added, “If we are not careful to follow these basic steps the virus will spread… Anyone who does not keep the directives is harming other people.”
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein spoke after the prime minister: "Obviously I should be happy as someone whose offer was accepted, but that is not the case… For three months, I tried to do everything to allow us to live life alongside the coronavirus and keep the number [of sick patients] at levels the health system could live with.
“Unfortunately, that is not the case today,” he continued. “Under the circumstances, we had no choice.”
Edelstein spoke from his home in Herzliya where he is in isolation - and after a lengthy meeting that was not short on accusations against the Health Ministry and coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu for not doing enough to stop the spread of the virus, and that included harsh opposition by many ministers to a closure.
"It is nice that you are raising the red flag now, when hospitals are getting full, but you had to raise that red flag a month or two ago," Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
Water Minister Ze’ev Elkin accused Gamzu of "zigzagging all the time" and not presenting clear criteria for how the lockdown will end.
"In the coronavirus cabinet, we were told that for a lockdown to be effective, it takes three to four weeks and not two," Elkin said. "We need to say this honestly to the public."
Some, such as Science & Technology Minister Izhar Shay (Blue and White) and Economy Minister Amir Peretz (Labor), fought against the closure, saying the harm to the Israeli economy will be too severe for the country to recover.
Finance Minister Israel Katz said difficult decisions were being made, because the Health Ministry did not do its job properly. He claimed that a general closure of the Israeli economy would cause heavy damage to businesses and hundreds of thousands of other unemployed.
Peretz called for a scaled back closure: “I support a night closure in which about 80% of the economy remains open,” Peretz said Saturday night. “Hundreds of thousands of employees and the self-employed are in existential anxiety. The economic coronavirus pandemic is no less severe than the health pandemic.”
Minister Itzik Shmuli expressed opposition to a full closure because he claimed it would not stand the public test.
"I propose to better balance health and the economy and strike harder at the centers of illness and not everywhere,” Shmuli said. He also offered that instead of a furlough model, the government would move to a wage subsidy model.
Regional Cooperation Minister Ophir Akunis (Likud) also warned that a full lockdown would be "a disaster for the Israeli economy." He said the economy needed to be restored as soon as possible after the holidays.
Similarly, Tourism Minister Asaf Zamir (Blue and White) argued late Saturday night that “a full closure of the entire country during the holidays is too extreme a step and has economic implications that entire industries will not recover from.”
Zamir also lashed out against “outrageous violations” of Health Ministry directives, from nightclub parties to weddings, and against the ministers who have failed to be role models.
“No one is a role model here, including some of my colleagues in the Knesset and government, and this is the result,” he said. But he said that he will vote against the decision to impose the closure, nevertheless.
Even before the meeting, in the morning, Housing and Construction Minister Ya'acov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) announced that he is resigning from the coalition, writing in his resignation letter that he believed Netanyahu intended from the start to have a full lockdown during the holidays out of a lack of appreciation for religious observance in comparison to other issues that are not being harmed in the fight against coronavirus.
"My heart is with the thousands of Jews who come to synagogue once a year and this year won't come at all due to the lockdown," Litzman wrote. "I warned against a lockdown during the holidays in every possible forum and emphasized that if there is a need for a full lockdown, it should not wait for a rise of infection to get to this pace."
He said a closure should have been carried out a month ago and not during the High Holy Days. He added that when he made his original plea to Gamzu, the commissioner denied that this was his intention. Litzman said that in retrospect he was proven correct.
"That is why I cannot continue to serve as a minister and I decided to resign from the government and return to the Knesset," he concluded.
Via the Norwegian Law, Litzman quit the Knesset and was replaced by the next candidate on the UTJ list, Eliyahu Baruchi, who will automatically leave the Knesset when Litzman's resignation letter becomes official.
The resignation is not final. If carried through, it will take effect in 48 hours.
"I am very sorry about the decision of Minister Litzman to step down," Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting. "I really value Ya'acov Litzman, but I also respect his decision. Nonetheless, we need to continue to make decisions on behalf of the State of Israel."
In addition to the battle over the lockdown, during the meeting there was also a colorful debate over whether to allow protests to continue.
"Gathering is gathering," charged Internal Security Minister Amir Ohana (Likud), "so it should be forbidden to everyone, including protesters."
In response, Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn (Blue and White) said that the country could not stop people from protesting against it.
Minister David Amsalem (Likud) actually yelled at Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit for saying that demonstrations should not be stopped.
“Take responsibility for the disease,” Amsalem charged, “public trust is damaged by the demonstrations."
Mandelblit responded: "Demonstrations cannot be prevented. It is not a matter of quantity but of quality."
Acting Police Commissioner Motti Cohen requested that the government design a clear outline for the demonstrations.
“The police officer at the end should receive clear instructions,” Cohen said. “It is not his job to determine who will demonstrate and who will not."
"The top officials of the Ministry of Health unanimously agree that the demonstrations as they take place today are a danger to health. Public trust is required here, and we need one rule for everyone," Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kish added.
Gamzu said he could design such an outline.
The vote on a lockdown came after last Thursday’s coronavirus cabinet meeting, at which hospital heads from throughout the country raised a red flag and said that the situation in their coronavirus units and among their staff was becoming unsustainable.
A report published Sunday by the Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center supported those statements: “The hospitals’ safety net has been significantly reduced, which creates a danger to the stability of the healthcare system.”
Furthermore, the number of serious patients is increasing, which puts the country’s hospitals at risk, the report said, noting that the number of serious patients in the hospitals has increased by 51 in the last two weeks.
At the same time, the Health Ministry reported another day of high infection: Some 2,715 people tested positive on Saturday. Israel reached a record high number of patients in serious condition with 513 patients, 139 of whom are intubated. The death toll stands at 1,108.
"I do not want to use the word collapsing," Dr. Michael (Miki) Halberthal, the head of Rambam Medical Center, said at a cabinet meeting, according to The Jerusalem Post's sister paper, Maariv, "but the situation requires immediate closure."
However, on Sunday, several of the hospital heads nearly contradicted Halberthal, such as deputy director-general of Sheba Medical Center, Prof. Arnon Afek, who said that his hospital is not close to breaking down.
Further, the head of Rabin Medical Center also contradicted Halberthal: "The trend has indeed changed since mid-August, but this is not a collapse of the hospital system. There is unnecessary anxiety. A full closure is not required."
Netanyahu, however, still seemed to believe that immediate action was required.
“Senior officials in the Health Ministry raised a red flag on Thursday,” he said at the Sunday briefing. “They warned us that the number of serious patients is climbing, and the winter is getting nearer.”
He said it is not a problem of respirators or beds, but a problem of human wear and tear on the health system staff.
At the start of the meeting, Edelstein also expressed that the country was in a state of emergency and if the ministers made more than “cosmetic changes” he would withdraw any proposal from the table.
"I will not allow the program to be negotiated," Edelstein stressed at the start of the meeting. "I say clearly at the beginning of this discussion: if the plan is not accepted, I will withdraw it and not bring alternative plans.
"The coronavirus is neither a political or populist matter, it is a matter of life and death," he continued. "I suggest to anyone who claims otherwise, to tour coronavirus wards and see the situation for themselves."
He added that if the plan is withdrawn, then by next Tuesday there will be no public restrictions, the price of which would be several thousand dead.
"I will not give in to pressure just to please such and such people," he stressed.
Later at the briefing he concluded, “When I am asked, ‘Are you sure that all the difficult things we will go through are not for nothing?’ I say, ‘It depends on all of us.’
“If in those weeks when there are these restrictions - and we, the citizens of Israel, will not abide by the rules and we will not obey the instructions - then the situation will be in vain,” he said. “But if we keep to the simple rules of wearing masks, good hygiene and social distancing… there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
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AKANCopied from the book, Reality as Myth by Onyeji Nnaji. The influence of the
Akan on their content nations lies on their population and commonwealth of
their brother nations. The Akan are one of the largest ethnic groups in West
Africa. Their population is scattered across West Africa and beyond. Among this
huge population of the Akan, the Ghanaians are more popular, perhaps because of
the political influence of the Ashanti Empire in the area. Not much is heard or
known about other Akan settlements like the Akwamu, the Akyem , the Akuapem,
the Denkyira, the Abron, the Aowin, the Ahanta, the Anyi, the Baoule, the
Chokosi, the Fante, the Kwahu, the Sefwi, the Ahafo, the Assin, the Evalue, the
Wassa the Adjukru, the Akye, the Alladian, the Attie,the M'Bato, the Abidji,
the Avikam,the Avatime the Ebrie, the Ehotile, the Nzema, the Abbe, the Aboure,
the Coromantins, the Ndyuka people and other peoples of Côte d'Ivoire. Every Akan nation adopts the image…
from the Book; "Reality as Myth"
by Onyeji Nnaji
of the discovering of the Radar Rivers and their channels is that it disproves
the western hegemonic claim of the Euphrates valley being the position of the
birth of the great river, all the points that opposed their claims
notwithstanding. Even God himself was very perfect in His creation by placing
them in their positions, hierarchically, according to their birth. The first
river that flowed located the Havilah land where there are good quality gold,
bdellium and fine onyx stones. Pison was the oldest of the rivers and it flowed
through the land of the southern Africa. The second river flowed northward to
Ethiopia. It was when Africa had been overtaken by virtue of her proximity to
the Great Water that other parts of the world began to encounter the remaining
river; remarkable with Hiddekel.
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migration that recorded the highest population among the African settlement.
Originating from the largest population among the four races that settled in
the east before time, all Bantu travellers were pygmies; for that was the
nature of the Umudiala, the
generation that gave birth to them. Bantu migration was rated the third
earliest migration of the Negro race from the east. In this regard, all their
movement had involved great population of people compared to the number of
people involved in the two earlier populations that gave birth to Ethiopia,
Nubia and Egypt: the Walker Traveller, and the
Race of Anu. Bantu population as we have identified in the third chapter
above outweighs the rest of the population of the ancient fathers that founded
many of the nations of antiquity mentioned earlier. Discussing them in beat
will pose a little challenge since their migration condi…
The name Nkalaha is a
coinage which stands for a people occupying a geographical land and regional
setting in the eastern part of Nigeria. It is a coinage which attempts to
explain the direction of movement and adventure of the men who founded the
community in the 15th century AD. According to oral sources and some
documentation about this community, some of these men were believed to have
traveled from Ida, old Benue state of Nigeria to inhabit the land. These men
had traveled on different days to locate the place. Onojah who originally
founded the land was said to have been in a deep search for a place of safety
as he was besieged by a fate that appeared to make him somewhat incompatible
with his own people. Nkalaha
is one of the communities that make up Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi
State. Nkalaha occupied the northern part of Ishielu Local Government Area. She
is located through the zip 135.031.000. The community sits on 923.768km2. She shares boundaries with neighbourin…
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survive as a salesgirl in my shop. This thing has happened for over three
times. Each time we brought a new salesgirl, the girl would stay for two or
three months; and suddenly she would end her contract with us. In all these, my
husband did not know. So, being that the girls usually stole money and other
items, the reason for their departure became genuine, thus: they ran away to
avoid being punished for their actions. But behind this, the underling truth is
that the girls had been embarrassed by my neighbour who would warn them to leave
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The Mystery of
Number, “Five” in the Igbo Cosmology.From: Aspects
of the Ancient African Metaphysics;Chapter: Seven;Topic: Igbo
Geometries and the Metaphysics of Numbers.Author: Onyeji
Nnaji. In the Igbo
cosmology, the word Isee is a definite symbolic word as revealed through
the Igbo language and culture. A human being has five fingers, five toes. The
hands and feet are fundamentals to the survival in life as they are necessary
in ensuring that man moves to places where he gets food and grapples on the
food to sustain his life. To this view, the rhetoric that binds vocatives in
the form of incantation (anchoring on the heart-lock: four) and the
concomitant reprisal in the manner of affirmation that holds the human life
bind to his original spiritual person, therefore defining existence and
essences are unified by the corresponding echo: Isee!!!!! Therefore
it stands that anytime a prayer is said in the Igbo land, the attendants who would
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legacy adopted in commemoration of the legendry fighter, Uto at Nsude. It was one
of the greatest contributions of the descendants of Agbaja to the survival of
Nsukka civilization of memory. Uto held from Oshie. Uto dies of small pox after
a mercenary battle he was hired to fight in the ancient Benin. His body was buried
in the evil forest as the tradition demanded. Although he lived no longer, the
stepped pyramids above were adopted to commemorate the lasting peace he brought
to the entire Oshie and Udi nation of people. Another remarkable thing about Udi is the
fertility of the land. This has contributed widely in sustaining the
inhabitants and provided a name for the inhabitants in the manner of Abakaliki,
Umudike, Ogbaru, Igboariam, Ohaji, Uzouwani, etc., especially in Amofia-Agu,
Affa. Udi is a land of great rivers and springs: Adaada, Ajali, Oji, Aria,
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ancient kingdom of Ethiopia. ... There a people, now forgotten, discovered
while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and sciences. A race
of men now rejected from society for their sable skin and frizzled hair,
founded on the study of the laws of nature, those civil and religious systems
which still govern the universe(Count Volney). Because of the position of Ethiopia
in the Bible story as one remarkable black nation with ancient history, it
becomes almost impossible to see any other nation as being of more ancient than
Ethiopia. Ethiopia suddenly became the yardstick for the analysis of the Negro
race. And with the influence of Christianity in the inner part of Africa, the
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