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Israel Practices Racial Segregation at Quarantine Hotels

Israel Practices Racial Segregation at Quarantine Hotels

Thursday, 2 July, 2020 - 08:45
A view shows Banksy's Walled Off hotel and a section of the Israeli barrier in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem, October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma
Tel Aviv - Asharq Al-Awsat

Israel was found to be practicing racial segregation at quarantine hotels, concurring with a surge in the novel coronavirus cases. The authorities separated quarantined Jewish from the rest of Arabs and foreign workers from Eritrea.

While Arabs and foreigners were sent to Jerusalem Gold Hotel, the Jews were sent to another hotel.

Competent authorities in the Health Ministry and Defense Ministry dedicated hotel rooms for individuals required to be in quarantine. At first, they were checked in with no discrimination. However, in the past weeks, authorities were separating Jews from others.

Also, Israel had reached a new record for the number of daily infections, the Health Ministry said Wednesday, with 773 new coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday. The Ministry attributed this surge to an increased number of tests conducted reaching 20,018 tests in 24 hours.

In all, Israel had 25,547 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 7,838 active patients. The death toll stands at 320, with 24 patients on ventilators.

Israeli Health Ministry Director-General professor Hezi Levy warned of the wide-scope neglect of the Ministry's instructions, especially at weddings and among football fans. Levy added that recommendations must be respected to avoid reinstating the lockdown in Israel.

Levy encouraged citizens to be patient for a couple of months until a vaccine would be available.

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