Flouting COVID-19 Restrictions, Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Israelis Attend Rabbi's Funeral

Thousands of members of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community attended the funeral procession for Rabbi Meshulam Soloveitchik in Jerusalem on Sunday, January 31, flouting restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many ultra-Orthodox Israelis have refused to abide by restrictions, at times clashing with police.

The stance of ultra-Orthodox Israelis threatens to undermine Israel’s rapid mass vaccination programme, according to the AP. Israel has administered the first vaccine dose to 3 million of its 9.3 million citizens, according to the Times of Israel. Credit: @Rafi_Rodnik12 via Storyful