A few days ago we looked at how the primitive ultra-Orthodox tribe in Israel is keeping the country from moving beyond the pandemic. That prompted two e-mails, one yesterday and one today. Yesterday's was a forward from the Times of Israel about an El Al flight from NYC to Tel Aviv which included 11 passengers infected with COVID who provided fake test results. The newspaper reported that "A woman on the plane claimed that she heard ultra-Orthodox passengers boasting that they had used fake coronavirus tests to get on the flight... Other passengers said that during the flight ultra-Orthodox passengers did not wear masks at times and that the cabin crew did little to encourage them to cover up."
Tal, a passenger on the flight, told the Ynet website that as passengers were getting on the plane she noticed a group of young ultra-Orthodox men boasting that they had obtained faked tests “and saying that they hadn’t taken them at all.”
Tal said that she had approached staff about the matter and was told there was nothing they could do. She also said that although the cabin crew assured her they would require all passengers to wear masks during the flight, the ultra-Orthodox passengers moved around, stood in groups praying, and did not wear masks.
“I pleaded with the stewardesses to ask them to put masks on but I got the response ‘you are hysterical, you have nothing to fear,'” she said.
Another passenger, who declined to be identified, told Channel 12 News that the cabin crew did not intervene when he raised the issue of the masks.
“We approached the cabin staff, we asked that they make sure they wear masks, but they assured us that everything was okay and we are panicking for nothing,” said the passenger.
“They were playing with our lives,” he said. “The flight attendants were afraid to confront them and we paid a heavy price.”
...Health officials are concerned that more contagious strains of the coronavirus could arrive in the country from abroad, as is the case with the so-called British mutation which now accounts for almost all new COVID-19 infections in the country.
Today's forward was from another Jewish-oriented newspaper, The Algemeiner, about a Frontier flight to NYC from Miami that included different COVIDIOT Hasidics putting everyone's life in jeopardy because of their overwhelming, ungodly feeling of complete entitlement. The Hasidic criminals are, of course, screaming anti-semitism, a tactic identity politics groups always do to shift the blame from their own behavior to their accusers. (Note how people opposing Neera Tanden because of her conservative policies are labeled as anti-woman, anti-Asian, anti-POC, anti-anything but anti-asshole-conservative.)
Frontier said released a statement saying that "Yesterday, while flight 2878 from Miami to New York-La Guardia was preparing to leave the gate, a large group of passengers repeatedly refused to comply with the U.S. government’s federal mask mandate. Multiple people, including several adults, were asked repeatedly to wear their masks and refused to do so. Based on the continued refusal to comply with the federal mask mandate, refusal to disembark the aircraft and aggression towards the flight crew, local law enforcement was engaged. The flight was ultimately canceled."
The Hasidics are accusing Frontier of discrimination and antisemitism, although I suppose instead of referring to them as Hasidics they could have just been called "Trumpists" or "Floridians."
A new poll by Civiqs released yesterday shows that among registered voters, 17% have already gotten their vaccinations. Of those who haven't, 47% want to get them, 11% are unsure and 25% have decided not to. Those who have decided not to-- if they don't change their minds-- will jeopardize the rest of society. Will it be necessary to shoot them like rabid dogs? Of course not. How about to make everyone wanting to use a public space or even a store or airline carry an ap on their phone that shows they've been vaccinated?
When Civiqs broken down the registered voters by subgroups, it stood out that it was basically Republicans who are the problem. Among every single demographic group analyzed, the group most adamant about not getting vaccinated are self-identified Republicans.
But before you say, "good, let them all die," that would be fine if they were all on an island, but they're not-- not even Staten Island. Republicans-- and far more so than the ultra-Orthodox-- interact with normal people and spread the contagion to non-Republicans. So never hope even they get infected. The average person who contracts COVID spreads it to many more people, many of whom might be completely innocent good citizens.