A United Hatzalah coronavirus testing station in Bnei Brak was torched in an arson attack Monday evening by a group of “extremists” opposing testing efforts:
No one was harmed during the incident.
While most haredim (ultra-Orthodox – the demographic that makes up a majority of Bnei Brak – are abiding by restrictions and state efforts to combat the virus, it is nonetheless “no secret that there are a group of people in the city who [oppose] testing,” Hatzalah Bnei Brak chapter head Effi Feldman said in a statement.
“While people may be entitled to their beliefs, burning down a coronavirus testing station, or any other act of violence is unacceptable,” he said. “Aside from the destruction and vandalism caused, which came at no small cost to the organization that is 100% supported by donations, these extremists are preventing other people who wish to get tested from doing so, and that too is unacceptable.
“As soon as we are able, we will replace the equipment destroyed and resume testing in order to serve the people of the city who wish to get tested and help stop the spread of this virus,” Feldman said.
The arson attack was also harshly condemned by Hatzalah founder and president Eli Beer, who himself nearly died after he contracted COVID-19 in March.
“The fact that people don’t want to get tested is absurd,” he said. “As someone who was very ill because of this virus, I cannot stress enough how important it is that we all do our part to combat it. So many good people have become ill or died as a result of the virus. And to have hoodlums burn down a testing facility, in a city that was hit very hard by the virus, is very hard for me to understand.
Eli Beer runs a private paramedic service for Jews in America and Israel — yes, Hatzalah is the same group that is going to receive proceeds from the sale of special Jewish license plates in Florida.
And despite his working in the “health care” field, just one look at Beer and your first thought should be “pre-existing health problems” — COVID is obviously the least of his personal health problems.
Either way, it’s remarkable that these Orthodox Jews — in Israel and America — are among the only Jews who aren’t going along with this fake pandemic.
Secular Jews, largely on the political Left, are among the most obedient — and ruthless — followers of the government mandates.
The Talmud they study isn’t good for much, but apparently it teaches them how to detect Jewish b.s. — surely, they know another kosher scam when they see one.
The Jewish press is constantly putting out disinformation claiming that the “majority” in the Orthodox communities are complying with the mandates — but the headlines of their non-compliance scream otherwise.
And when Jews refuse to go along with a government mandate, it should give everyone pause.