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Israel: Total Lockdown on Eve of Passover

"My beloved spoke and said to me: 'rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.'" Song: 2:10-11

Israelis came under a complete lockdown beginning on Wed. afternoon 8 April 2020 through at least Friday 10 April 2020 to hinder the spread of the coronavirus during the Passover holiday. PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced the closure on Monday evening 6 April 2020 in a nationally televised speech from his official residence in Jerusalem. Israelis were informed they would not be permitted to leave their houses on Wed. evening, 8 April 2020, the night of the first Passover seder, from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day. Netanyahu hinted Israel may begin to ease some restrictions after Passover and the holiday of Mimouna, a less widely observed Jewish holiday which takes place the day after the end of Passover. “I know this is a big burden, but there is no choice. I ask that you do this in self-discipline for your sake and for your loved ones – for the police and medical teams,” Netanyahu said. “On Purim, the virus spread. I’m telling you now clearly, Pesach will not be Purim. Every family will do Pesach with their immediate family,” Netanyahu added. (VFI News)