COVID-19: Israel cancels Ramadan, bans praying towards Mecca in fear of propagation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that Ramadan, Islam’s most vital non secular pageant, be canceled and reported to subsequent yr and even 2022 in worry that it might speed up the propagation of the coronavirus.

Netanyahu additionally put a ban on the follow of praying in direction of Mecca after Israeli scientists raised the alarm this week that the coronavirus might unfold by way of air and winds coming from Saudi Arabia and the Mecca area.

Israeli police are to start visiting houses to implement the federal government’s new guidelines, warning that “recklessly” failing to conform might lead to a 1-million shekels nice and three years in jail.

“If Allah exists, he’ll in all probability be there tomorrow, however members of the Muslim group who contract the coronavirus won’t,” stated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on nationwide tv.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited members of the Muslim group to take pleasure in different actions as an alternative of the rituals of the Ramadan throughout confinement reminiscent of yoga, taking part in video video games and even ingesting alcohol to assist them respect the information guidelines.

“Consuming alcohol, taking part in video video games, working towards yoga and having intercourse are completely acceptable actions to maintain your minds off of Allah throughout these tough occasions,” the Prime Minister instructed.

The Prime Minister additionally warned that the follow of praying by itself might assist unfold the virus in varied methods.

“Praying on the ground is a really poor hygienic follow. You get soiled fingers and knees. What if somebody contaminated with the virus spits on the ground and you place your head in it, would Allah be happy with you? I believe not!” he added.

Netanyahu additionally instructed half-jokingly that members of the group who felt the urge to kneel on their knees ought to do it in mattress and with their wives throughout sexual activity as an alternative of on the ground, while praying to Allah.

One journalist requested the Prime Minister if the brand new measures might be everlasting however the Prime Minister was not prepared to remark for the time being saying that “something is feasible for now.”

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