If you dig into the statistics on COVID-19, they tell a very different story about which cities in Israel, if any, should be ‘locked down’.
If you’re new to this blog, let me first tell you a little bit about myself, so you know what my credentials are as a journalist, and then you can decide how seriously you want to take the following research.
I’ve been a journalist for 25 years, and I used to work for a lot of the quality papers in the UK. Plus, for many years I was writing speeches and ghostwriting articles for half the cabinet of Her Majesty’s British Government.
In short, I know how to read policy documents, and perhaps even more crucially, how to tease out the information that is often so carefully being hidden from view, or deliberately fudged.
With that introduction, let’s get into today’s post, which I’d like to ask you to send around to as many people as you can, once you’ve read it, and if you agree with the conclusions being drawn.
First, I got the following information on the ‘Top 10 Israeli cities with the most coronavirus cases’ from the Mystical Paths blog HERE.
Here’s how they presented the information:
Top 10 Israeli cities with most coronavirus cases:
Jerusalem: 1,302 cases, population: 914,559
Bnei Brak: 1,214 cases, population: 195,298
Tel Aviv – Yafo: 359 cases, population: 450,192
Ashkelon: 191 cases, population: 139,032
Petah Tikva: 159 cases, population: 242,47
Rishon Letzion: 139 cases , population: 241,010
Bet Shemesh: 137 cases, population 120,812
Netanya: 137 cases, population: 213,971
Elad: 133 cases, population: 46,760
Ashdod: 129 cases, population: 225,073
Next, I went over to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics website HERE, to:
- Double-check the stats being given for population
- Check the age ranges of the population in a particular city, especially the over 60s.
That last one is important, because of the 51 people who have so far died in Israel, whose deaths are being attributed to Coronavirus (all of whom had a pre-existing condition), all but 3 or 4 of them were over 60, and most of them were actually 70+.
(I’d love to give you the specific stats on the ages of the people who died, but the government appears to be hiding that information, or at least, making it very, very hard to track down. So I’m going on what I’ve cobbled together from various news reports.)
The youngest victim in Israel was 49 years old – and they were definitely a rare case.
So now, let’s do another table.
This one is going to be based on how many people are in each city according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) as of 2018, and then also showing how many of those people are actually aged 60+ – because that’s the age group most at risk from actually dying, or having serious complications requiring a ventilator and intubation.
Here’s how those numbers stack up:
Jerusalem: 113,659 people aged 60+, population: 919,458
Bnei Brak: 18,639 people aged 60+, population: 198,863
Tel Aviv – Yafo: 89,021 people aged 60+, population: 451,523
Ashkelon: 29,371 people aged 60+, population: 140,968
Petah Tikva: 49,838 people aged 60+, population: 244,275
Rishon Letzion: 57,342 people aged 60+, population: 251,719
Bet Shemesh: 6,754 people aged 60+, population: 118,676
Netanya: 49,968 people aged 60+, population: 217,244
Elad: 1,164 people aged 60+, population: 47,866
Ashdod: 43,207 people aged 60+, population: 224,628
Ok, ready for the ‘magic’ to happen, where I reveal all the fake news and hidden agendas going on with closing down chareidi cities like Bnei Brak and Elad, while leaving ‘secular’ cities like Tel Aviv and Rishon LeTzion alone?
Here we go.
The population of Bnei Brak is 198,863.
The number of people over 60+ in Bnei Brak is 18,639.
As a percentage, that means that 9.37% of Bnei Brak is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.
The population of Tel Aviv is 451,523.
The number of people over 60+ in Tel Aviv is 89,021.
As a percentage, that means that 19.72% of Tel Aviv is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.
I.e. MORE THAN TWICE THE RATE OF BNEI BRAK, relative to the population.
And as a ‘raw number’ of people, there are 70,000 MORE over 60s in Tel Aviv, than in Bnei Brak, which is the high-risk age group for COVID-19.
The population of Elad is 47,866.
The number of people over 60+ in Elad is 1,164.
As a percentage, that means that 2.43% of Elad is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.
IE, there are 10 TIMES the number of people at high-risk of dying or developing a serious complication from COVID-19 in Tel Aviv, than there are in Elad, relative to the population.
The population of Rishon LeTzion is 251,719.
The number of people over 60+ in Rishon LeTzion is 57,342.
As a percentage, that means that 22.78% of Rishon LeTzion is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously – an even higher percentage of ‘high risk’ people than in Tel Aviv.
In case you’re not convinced yet, let’s give two more cities, as further examples of the skewed reporting and biased agendas playing out here.
The population of Bet Shemesh is 118,676 .
The number of people over 60+ in Bet Shemesh is 6,754.
As a percentage, that means that 5.69% of Bet Shemesh is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.
The population of Netanya is 217,244.
The number of people over 60+ in Netanya is 49,968.
As a percentage, that means that 23% of Netanya is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.
So, let’s take our 6 example cities, and rank them now according to the percentage of residents who are over 60%, and therefore in the ‘high risk’ category for COVID-19:
City Percentage of ‘high risk’ citizens for COVID-19
Rishon LeTzion 22.78%
Tel Aviv 19.72%
Bnei Brak 9.37%
Bet Shemesh 5.69%
Now, let me ask you a question:
If the information was being presented in this fashion, which cities would you pick as candidates for ‘total lockdown’ to prevent people dying from COVID-19, if you were going to ‘lock down’ anywhere?
It’s obvious, but let’s just state explicitly that the first 3 ‘high risk’ cities ARE SECULAR. And the last 3 ‘low risk’ cities ARE CHAREIDI.
Again, open your eyes and ask yourself, what is really going on here?
I deliberately left Jerusalem out, as Jerusalem is kind of unique, as so many people from chul come here to retire, but there are also a lot of chareidim here, and Arabs too, both of whom tend to have large families and lots of children.
If we take a look at the figures for Jerusalem, too, we’ll notice some interesting things going on here, too:
The population of Jerusalem is 919,458.
The number of people over 60+ in Jerusalem is 113,659.
As a percentage, that means that 12.36% of Jerusalem is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously – higher than Bnei Brak, but still way, way lower than Tel Aviv, Rishon LeTzion or Netanya.
Now, I can’t find a breakdown of ages and neighborhoods on the CBS website, but this comes from a press release published in 2015:
“The population of Jerusalem is relatively young. In 2015, the average age of residents was 24 years old. In comparison, the median ages of the populations of Tel Aviv and Haifa were 35 and 38. The median age of Israel’s total population is 30. Some 34% of the city’s general population are under 14-years-old; in the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sector, this figure is 40%.”
In other words, the chareidi neighborhoods of Jerusalem actually have way more young people, and way fewer of those aged 60+, then the non-chareidi neighborhoods.
So again, we have to ask the question:
Why are the authorities planning to close down Geula, Har Nof and Meah Shearim, while keeping open neighborhoods like Baka, or Yemin Moshe, where the number of people in the high-risk age group of 60+ is way higher than the average of 12.36% for Jerusalem as a whole?
While you are pondering that, here are few more statistics for you to muse on.
According to Professor Yoram Lass, the previous Director General of the Health Ministry before he was elbowed out the way by Itamar Gross and Moshe Bar Siman Tov, 126 Jews die of flu every single year in Israel.
So far, 51 people in Israel have had their deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Israel, since the first death was recorded on March 22, 16 days ago.
In other words, just over 3 people are meant to be dying a day from COVID-19 in Israel.
According to the Jewish Virtual Library website, 48,000 people die in Israel every year.
That stacks up to 131.5 people dying EVERY SINGLE DAY in the Jewish state, when there is no Coronavirus ‘pandemic’.
If we state this as a statistic, that means that just 2.43% of the deaths that normally happen EVERY SINGLE DAY in the State of Israel are occurring because of COVID-19.
Please, please, please, remove the blinkers and start to deal with the information we’re being fed by the government and the Health Ministry more critically.
Does 3 deaths a day, of people nearly all over 70, sound like a pandemic to you?
Does it sound like a reason why a million Israelis should now be out of work, including half of all the people aged 35 and under? (These are the people who have small children at home, who need food, clothing and shelter – all things that are now way harder to come by for a million people…)
Does it sound like a reason why they should be locking down Chareidi cities with the army, while totally ignoring what’s going on in much higher-risk secular cities like Rishon LeTzion and Netanya?
Does it sound like a reason why weddings should now be banned in the State of Israel, and everyone should be locked down for Pesach, and why people are being banned from praying and using mikvahs?
And if you think that maybe there is something to what I’ve written above, please share this article as widely as you can, so that more of us can start to put pressure on our elected officials to explain WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON, and why are they causing so many of us so much pain and suffering, and ruining the country’s economy totally, when the facts on the ground simply don’t justify what they are doing.
The last thing I want to share with you comes from this article on the Jpost today, entitled:
This is what that top hospital head said:
“Until now, the health official told the Post, the ministry has focused on testing people most likely to be infected. If the goal is to get the maximum number of positive results, he said, this is a good policy. But, “if the target is to stop the spread of the epidemic and open the economy,” then Israel needs to test more widely and develop a picture of how many cases there are across the country and where they are concentrated.’”
In that same article, the WHO-sponsored Professor Itamar Grotto popped up again to say that:
“we have no intention or ability to open the economy the day after Passover. I did not recommend it….Even if we can do a million tests a day, it will not help free the economy.”
The question has to be WHY NOT?
Why are Grotto, Bar Siman-Tov and Netanyahu so hell-bent on totally wrecking the economy and keeping everyone under house arrest, when the situation clearly doesn’t mandate that response?
There are increasing numbers of medical professionals in Israel who are also starting to seriously question the whole draconian isolation strategy.
One is Prof. Zeev Rotstein, head of Hadassah-University Medical Center who told the Knesset’s Coronavirus Committee yesterday (April 5, 2020) about two testing experiments he’d just done.
In one of them, he tested 1,200 at a government company that is currently operating with just 15% of its works. Just ONE out of 1,200 people tested positive for COVID-19, and everyone else was healthy.
So WHY CLOSE DOWN THE WHOLE COMPANY?!?
Here’s what Rotstein said:
“This company should not be working at 15% but at 150%,” he said. “Why stop them? We need to produce national products. Without them, we will not be able to support the medical system. If we continue another month, there will be no money to reactivate the country’s economy.”
But Grotto, Bar Siman-Tov and Netanyahu apparently don’t care about all the tremendous suffering they are inflicting on Israel’s population, and all the incalculable damage they’re inflicting on the economy.
And the question has to be, again, WHY NOT?
If this is meant to be the ‘peak season’ for COVID-19 in Israel, and still only 51 geriatrics have died over the last 16 days, what does that say about what’s really going on here?
Hopefully soon – before they totally destroy the country and wrecks millions of people’s lives, mental health and bank accounts irreparably – we’ll get some proper answers.
I just went to look up incubation rates for COVID-19. According to this study from March 17, 2020, covered on the Science Daily website:
The median incubation period for COVID-19 is 5 DAYS, and 97.5% of people who go on to develop symptoms do so within 11.5 DAYS of being infected.
To put this in plain English, it takes up to 5 days before you know if you got infected with COVID-19.
It can take another 11.5 days to see if you’re actually going to develop any symptoms.
Altogether, that’s 16.5 days.
But you could get tested already at day 6 after being in contact with someone who has it, to see if you caught it or not.
The lockdown in Israel started in earnest on March 26th – that’s when they shutdown the Kotel and enforced the 100 metres from your house rule.
16.5 days from then takes us up to this Shabbat, April 11th, 2020.
By then, it should be blindingly obvious how many people in Israel have got COVID-19 symptoms badly enough to be hospitalised.
By the end of Pesach – at the latest – we’ll know just how ‘bad’ this COVID-19 thing is actually turning out to be. And unless the numbers of fatalities rise by about 1000% overnight, God forbid, there is absolutely no reason to keep the economy closed any longer, or the nation in lockdown after that.
Take a look at this brave ICU doctor from New York City, who has put out a video challenging what COVID-19 is meant to be, and how it’s meant to be killing people, who is saying that it’s NOT viral pneumonia, but appears to be a totally different disease that is killing people by preventing them from getting enough oxygen.
And also, he says that being put on a ventilator is actually making the condition of his patients worse, as ventilators work on the principle that the patient’s lungs are failing, and that’s not the case. Here’s what he says:
COVID-19 lung disease, as far as I can see, is not a pneumonia and should not be treated as one. Rather, it appears as if some kind of viral-induced disease most resembling high altitude sickness. Is it as if tens of thousands of my fellow New Yorkers are on a plane at 30,000 feet at the cabin pressure is slowly being let out. These patients are slowly being starved of oxygen.
Daisy has more details of what might be going on, HERE.
But the plot is definitely starting to thicken.
And the last thing to tell you is that the daughter of Robert F Kennedy Junior was just found dead in some very fishy circumstances. That’s connected to all this, because RFK Junior is the leading person speaking out against vaccination and big Pharma in the USA, primarily through his Children’s Health Defense organistion.
Barely six months ago, another of his daughters was also found dead from an ‘overdose’.
What a coincidence.
Watch this video, it’s six minutes, and then please go and do some hitbodedut on what’s going on here, because spiritually, God is expecting us to slough off the ‘mindless sheeple’ brainwashing we’ve been under for decades, centuries, even, about modern medicine and modern science and modern life, and to start to GET REAL.
We are down to the wire.
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