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Woman to pay NIS 42,000 for threatening doctor who backed vaccines

A woman who wrote defamatory posts about the head of the infectious diseases unit at Sheba Hospital over her endorsement of coronavirus vaccines has agreed to pay NIS 42,000 ($13,300) and has written a letter of apology as part of a settlement, Ynet news reports.

Prof. Galia Rahav, Head of Sheba Medical Center’s Infectious Disease Unit and Laboratory, looks at data on COVID-19 patients (courtesy of Sheba Medical Center)

The woman, who is not named, had accused Prof. Galia Rahav on social media of knowingly trying to kill children by backing Israel’s youth vaccination campaign, and had made threats to harm Rahav and other medical professionals. She had also posted conspiracies about vaccines turning people into zombies.

Rahav, who frequently appears in the media as an expert on the coronavirus, tells the news site she plans to donate the money to nonprofit groups advancing vaccinations and science education.

“I am happy that people will understand there is a price for violence,” Rahav says.

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