PODCAST: Why Did Israel Let 70 Evangelicals Flout Its COVID-19 Travel Ban?

With friends in high places, these Americans were allowed into Israel to help harvest grapes in the West Bank. PLUS: Normalization, Israel's second lock-down and demonizing demonstraters.

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Evangelical Christians at the 2018 Jerusalem March.
Evangelical Christians at the 2018 Jerusalem March.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Haaretz Weekly

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Judy Maltz and Omer Benjakob to discuss the most infuriating stories of the week.

Among them is the arrival of dozens of evangelical American Christians who were allowed into the country – despite a strict travel ban – in order to work as volunteer grape harvesters on Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

LISTEN: Why did Israel let 70 evangelicals flout its COVID-19 travel ban?

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We also discuss an online campaign to discredit Israelis who have been protesting for weeks against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the impending second lock-down, which will go into effect on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

We also dial up diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau, who is on her way to Washington for this week’s normalization signing ceremony between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Recommended related reading:

Despite COVID-19 Travel Ban, Israel Lets in 70 Evangelicals to Volunteer in Settlements / Judy Maltz

Anti-Netanyahu Activists Say This False Flag Campaign Is an Attempt to Kill Their Protest / Omer Benjakob

Bahrain Normalizes Ties With Israel Weeks After UAE Deal / Noa Landau

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