Israeli Hospital Director Resigns After Blasting Haredim for Rise in COVID Cases

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File photo: Prof. Moti Ravid speaks about coronavirus, April 13, 2020.
File photo: Prof. Moti Ravid speaks about coronavirus, April 13, 2020.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

The director of the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak resigned Thursday, after telling Kan public radio earlier that day that the Haredi community “was educated to receive everything and give nothing for years, and that [the rise in coronavirus infection] is one of the results.”

“The management of Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center expresses sadness following Prof. Moti Ravid’s statements to the media in the past days, in which he said hurtful things about the Haredi public in general and its rabbis specifically,” a statement from the hospital said. “Following these statements, Prof. Ravid presented his resignation to the hospital management.”

In his interview with the radio station, Ravid said he expects another wave of infection after the Simhat Torah holiday this weekend. “It’s one of the wildest events in the history of the State of Israel,” he said, saying that the country had never seen an entire community “unburdening itself in this way and killing people as a part of it.

“It’s not even out of faith,” he said. “I don’t understand the connection between faith, between Judaism, between religion, and what they’re doing. ... They were raised to get everything and not give anything for years and this is one of the results. I don’t think there are religious qualities here, it’s the rotten education of a population.”

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