CDC warns against travel to Israel, West Bank, Gaza

The US Centers for Disease Control is falsely claiming there’s a “very high level” of COVID-19 infection in Israel and urging Americans to avoid travel there, after placing the Jewish state, West Bank and Gaza in the same category in a travel advisory.

“Very High Level of COVID-19 in Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza,” it says, urging even fully vaccinated Americans to avoid those areas.

Israel’s daily virus caseload has plummeted with over half the country fully immunized. There are currently 5,232 active cases, the lowest number since June 2020. Virus cases among the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza remain high, however.

Non-Israelis are not currently being allowed into the country, with humanitarian exceptions, rendering the advisory mostly moot.

Passengers seen at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on March 8, 2021. (Flash90)