Over a half of Israel’s charedi sector said they have little confidence in the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll published on Sunday.
Israel’s health officials have often singled out the charedim — along with Israeli Arabs — for allegedly lax adherence to social distancing and other health guidelines. The rate of morbidity in the community is higher than the national average, and many charedi communities featured as “red” under the color-coded “Traffic Light” system by Israel’s coronavirus czar Prof Ronni Gamzu.
Some 53 percent of respondents to the Israel Democracy Institute’s survey, conducted among charedi Israelis, said that their trust in the Israeli government and in the Health Ministry was compromised during the pandemic; while 38 percent said they still trusted Israel’s governing institutions.
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