Haredi neighborhood preparing mass Sukkot gatherings despite pandemic — report

Channel 12’s police reporter, Moshe Nussbaum, says he visited the Jerusalem Haredi neighborhood of Mea Shearim today and saw five enormous communal sukkahs being prepared ahead of the Sukkot festival. Each has room to hold thousands of people, he says.

He says he saw no police presence and warns such holiday gatherings would amount to mass-infection events.

Roi Waldman, a senior police officer in the studio during the afternoon broadcast, promises, “we will be there” starting tomorrow to enforce virus restrictions.

Israel’s infection rate is now the highest in the world per capita, and some one-third of all infections are in the Haredi community, where large numbers of residents have not obeyed coronavirus restrictions.

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