Israel: 312,787 Cases, 2,494 Deaths: Tel Aviv Has More Virus Cases Than Bnei Brak

Illustrative. Tel Aviv beach during the lockdown in March. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Following the announcement earlier this week that Bnei Brak has been designated as a “green city,” the city of Tel Aviv recorded a higher number of active coronavirus cases on Thursday than Bnei Brak.

Tel Aviv recorded 552 active coronavirus cases on Thursday morning and Bnei Brak confirmed 530 cases. The Health Ministry confirmed 668 new coronavirus cases nationwide, with test results reflecting a positivity rate of 2.1%, the lowest since June. There are 464 seriously ill patients, of whom 199 are ventilated. The death toll has risen to 2,494.

At the beginning of Israel’s second wave, Tel Aviv suffered from a high infection rate, with virus cases in the city double the national rate in mid-June. One particular hotspot was among illegal infiltrators in south Tel Aviv, although those cases only accounted for about a third of the city’s cases. Municipal workers launched a virus information campaign in south Tel Aviv, including setting up a coronavirus testing station in the area. Since then, the virus rate in the city has decreased.

On a related note, the normalization deal between Israel and Sudan may lead the way for Israel to deport thousands of Sudanese illegal infiltrators, according to an Army Radio report this week.

There are tens of thousands of foreign workers living in Israel, many of whom are illegal infiltrators from Eritrea and Sudan. According to the report, the Sudanese government has agreed to accept a large number of Sudanese citizens. To date, Israel had no means of deporting Sudanese infiltrators due to the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The report has sparked much debate in Israel, with the refugee situation already a hot issue in Israeli politics, with some claiming that the Sudanese infiltrators’ lives will be endangered if they are sent back to Sudan and others claiming that it is safe to send them back.

While there are some truly dangerous areas in Sudan, such as war-torn Darfur, the Blue Nile region, and the Nuba mountains, many of the infiltrators are not from that area.

“The argument regarding the danger of returning most of the Sudanese infiltrators is not that they are refugees or that their lives will be endangered, but that we have no ties with Sudan,” the director of the Center for Immigration Policy in Israel, Yonatan Yaakobovich, said in an interview with Arutz Sheva. “They claim that they will be punished for entering Israel, which is considered an enemy state. These claims are no longer relevant.”

“When the infiltrators say they don’t want to return, it has to be taken with a grain of salt, as well as what the aid organizations say – who even campaigned against returning infiltrators to the Philippines. They’ll definitely oppose a return to Sudan. They also opposed the transfer to Rwanda, where the EU countries also transferred people.”

Yaakobovich added that the aid organizations also claim that Uganda is a dangerous country, despite the fact that the UN designates both Rwanda and Uganda as welcoming countries.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. What are the Jew bashers hating on frum Jews going to do now that Tel Aviv has more virus cases than Bnei Brak? It’s a real problem, frum Jews must always be bashed for the virus rates in their communitites even if they are equal or even lower than surrounding neighborhoods. The problem is that the Israeli media is being too honest in this case. They need to learn from the liberal fake news media and politiicans how to fudge the truth so our numbers look worse so that haters, Jews and non–Jews, can bash us blame us for such “high numbers”.

  2. @philosopher

    Bnei Brak population = 186,000
    Tel Aviv population = 436,000

    Using 552 cases for Tel Aviv and 530 for Bnei Brak, the case rate per 100K population is as follows:

    Bnei Brak = 285
    Tel Aviv = 127

    In other words, Bnei Brak, now a “green city” has more than double the rate of infection as compared to Tel Aviv.

    Unless the numbers posted in the article are lies, the rest is math which does not lie. This does not need to be about bashing or hating anyone, just a simple understanding of facts, which sadly you seem to be lacking and the article gives an incorrect perception of.

  3. Wait, wait, wait. Tel Aviv has a population of 435,000 people and Bnei Brak has a population of 185,000 people. Why is it news that the city with more than twice as many people (a difference of 250,000) has 22 more active COVID cases? The better measure is cases per capita. On a per capita basis Bnei Brak (28 per 10,000) is far worse than Tel Aviv (12 per 10,000). I mean… I know you know this, but you have a narrative. Do you think people won’t see through the propaganda? Based on the comments, clearly not.

    Here’s what I don’t get… in Bnei Brak (and many other “Orthodox” areas), they refuse to follow health guidelines (masks, distancing, testing) that their rabbeim say should be followed. And while burning and rioting in the streets (mobs?) they claim they actually follow the rules that they’re burning down the city to protest. This causes the number of cases and deaths to be higher in their areas. And they get angry when these facts are pointed out (not following guidelines, burning their cities, people dying at a high rate). And they get angrier when the government tries to enforce the guidelines that the “Orthodox” say are both illegal and being followed (yet yielding higher case and death rates). So… which is it? Can you pick a narrative?

    Really… “illegal infiltrators”? Why don’t you just drop the word “news” from your website?

  4. Philosopher, let’s get the context right here. Tel Aviv has way more people than Bnei Brak. Bnei Brak has 9 new cases today per 10,000 people, Tel Aviv has 3. Statistics are easily manipulated.

  5. I’m still waiting for YWN to correct their headline and provide context in their opinion piece about the respective populations of Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak. If they don’t, they are the “fake news” they complain so much about.