Facebook recently banned an Israel anti-vaccination group with 14,000 members named, “No to the Green Passport,” following a request by Israel’s Health Ministry.
The group’s leaders encouraged members to schedule appointments at vaccination centers and then not show up or cancel them at the last minute, forcing the centers to throw out unused vaccine doses, Channel 12 News reported.
Israel Police are considering opening a criminal investigation against the leaders of the group, which espouses conspiracy theories on coronavirus vaccines.
“We are investigating the criminal and legal implications of the matter,” a senior police official told Channel 12. “This is a serious and dangerous phenomenon and the matter is under investigation.”
Meanwhile, according to a Ynet report on Monday, Israel’s anti-vaxxers have been significantly increasing their efforts in the past several days, both on the street and online.
A group of anti-vaxxers who call themselves “Independent Journalism 2020” published images online of Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the head of the Health Ministry’s Public Health division, condemning her as a “coronavirus spreader” due to her role as “a person or a group working to publicize and convince the masses of the existence of a deadly plague while physically harming human lives.”
The women who circulated the post told a Ynet reporter: “You are collaborating with history’s greatest conspiracy. You [journalists] are all a part of a massive sham. A witch hunt. I will not cooperate.”
“I am speechless,” said a Health Ministry official. “The level of discourse among deniers has reached a point we have not yet encountered.”
Additional images of public figures were spread on the group’s Telegram account, including those of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Health Ministry Deputy Director-General Prof. Itamar Grotto.
A Maccabi health fund vaccination center in Tiveria was found defaced on Sunday morning with the words “Vaccines kill” spray-painted on its outer wall.
Last month, two clinics in Rechovot were also spray-painted with the words “vaccines kill” and “we’re not sheep.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
The best way to answer falsehoods is with truth. Relying on censorship lends credibility to whatever the censor is afraid of.
Let the bureaucracies of the world first accept the possibility of legal claims of vaccine damage and similar liabilities and then they can more responsibly offer opinions about safety.
I’m confused … who vaccinates sheep?
Very surprising (and irresponsible) that YWN would use a lead picture that could be a product of the overactive imagination of the anti-vaxxers.
And they wonder why we don’t want to move there.
No thanks !!
I loved the “We’re not sheep” graffiti under the “Come Get Vaccinated” sign. This from an Australian sheepgrowers’ site: “Most sheep are vaccinated by injection, with a vaccine against five or six common infections. Lambs get a vaccination and a booster six weeks later, and sheep are vaccinated annually.”
Differences in opinion have always existed. Even in Yiddishkeit we have machloket. The problem begins when the government is introducing censorship that is not permitting the other side anymore to voice their opinion. This is way beyond whether or not to take the vaccine. These are the beginnings of a totalitarian system. That is what people should worry about. Welcome UN Agenda 21/30.