Israel's COVID setback; Lapid slams Poland's Holocaust bill: Israel Update
June 25, 2021
Israel reimposed an indoor mask requirement on Friday as over 200 new COVID-19 cases were recorded the day before, the highest daily caseload in two and a half months, with a top health official warning that the spread of the coronavirus was accelerating. The mandate, which had been lifted last week, went into effect at noon on Friday. According to health officials, most of the cases have been linked to the delta variant from abroad. Amid fears of a resurgence of the disease, the northern Israeli town of Binyamina—which registered the highest rate of cases in the country—was designated a "red zone" on Wednesday, making it the first municipality to be listed as such for months. Israel has further postponed the reopening of the country to vaccinated tourists by one month.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid blasted new Polish legislation that would bar Holocaust restitution claims in the country, calling the new law “immoral” and warning that it could tarnish Polish-Israeli ties. “No law will change history,” said Lapid on Thursday, adding that the bill was “a disgrace that will not erase the horrors or the memory of the Holocaust.” Earlier this week, the World Jewish Restitution Organization called for the legislation to be withdrawn. The legislation, which passed late Thursday evening, sets a 30-year deadline for Jews to recover property seized by Nazi German forces, essentially halting any World War II-era compensation claims or appeals of past decisions. The legislation must now be approved by the Polish Senate after being passed in the Sejm, the lower house of Poland’s parliament.
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