Why are Israel’s hassidim violently opposing coronavirus restrictions? – The Jerusalem Post

What is concerning in this incident is that the police were nowhere to be seen. Despite it being well known that the Belz community is praying en masse without regard for social distancing, mask wearing, or any health regulations, law enforcement authorities have apparently decided to ignore this enormous violation of the rule of law.

They appear, in fact, to have tacitly accepted that such areas are extraterritorial to its authority.

This state of affairs has huge consequences for the nation, in particular the state’s ability to bind the ultra-Orthodox sector more tightly into the fabric of society and form a more cohesive country.

If in the Jewish state large sections of the population can decide for themselves which laws to obey and which to ignore, the ability of the country to maintain internal solidarity and continue to overcome the many challenges it faces, internally and externally, will surely come under ever-increasing strain. Source: Why are Israel’s hassidim violently opposing coronavirus restrictions? – The Jerusalem Post