“]W]hoever does not get vaccinated won’t be able to return to normal routine.”
February 9. 2021
Muslim residents of East Jerusalem won’t be allowed to visit mosques if they refuse to join Israel’s vaccination drive, the city’s Mayor Moshe Lion has warned community leaders in Arab neighborhoods.
The people in the Muslim part of the city were “indifferent” to being vaccinated against the coronavirus and needed extra persuasion to get the shots, Lion told Arab officials during a call on Sunday. A recording of the discussion was afterwards released to local media.
“Remember what I tell you, friends – whoever does not get vaccinated won’t be able to return to normal routine,” the mayor said.
If Arab residents “don’t want to be vaccinated, they won’t be vaccinated, but they won’t be allowed to enter hotels; they won’t be allowed to enter mosques; they won’t be allowed to enter schools,” Lion added.
He urged the neighborhood leaders to relay this information to their community so that people wouldn’t later be surprised when faced with the restrictions.
By taking part in the immunization, Muslims “are doing themselves a favor, they are not doing me a favor,” the mayor said.