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Watch: Israelis decry ‘assault on individual rights’

Locals were vaccinated at a mobile coronavirus vaccination unit in Tel Aviv on Thursday as they reacted to Knesset’s law allowing authorities to access the personal details of unvaccinated residents.

“I’m concerned that the government wants to share private medical information to institutes that are not relevant. I see it as a major violation of civil rights,” Amir said outside the mobile coronavirus vaccination unit after getting the jab.

“I think everything has a price and this is definitely a price we should pay,” another passerby, Shir, remarked. “I am definitely all about it to let this information out in order that, as an incentive for people to get vaccines and taking us one step closer to normal life,” he added.

The law which passed with 30 votes for and 13 against, allows information of unvaccinated citizens to be shared with governing authorities.

The measure is valid for three months and wishes “to encourage people to vaccinate by personally addressing them,” according to a statement from the Knesset.

SOT, Tal, Passerby (Hebrew): “I just had the first vaccine, I really hope that there will be no discrimination between people who had the vaccine and people who hadn’t. Everybody should do it and then everything will be open for everybody.”

SOT, Arie, Passerby: “It’s very simple you know, they fire people because they haven’t been vaccinated and they do all these things and basically they cornered us and we let them do it. The way they’re doing it, they’re doing it slice by slice. If we had done all at once, we would all go out in the streets and demonstrate. But the way they do it, it’s like, ‘Oh, we have no choice, let’s do this, oh, we have no choice, let’s do that.’ You know, and if we look down the road, before, you could have said, they could have done much better to stop the pandemic but now that we are all infested thanks to them obviously, okay especially in this country well now it’s, look, there’s no other way to get around it. So let’s take all your freedom, let’s take all your rights.”

SOT, Amir, Passerby (Hebrew): “I’m concerned that the government wants to share private medical information to institutes that are not relevant. I see it as a major violation of civil rights.”

SOT, Meir, Passerby: “I think that, again, this is one of the problems that I was talking about. The fact that it can create like a small opening for leakages or for people with interests to get those lists or to get these information so again, I think it’s the same argument that the problems and the dangers that it can create or that it can, I don’t know how to say it in English, but are much greater than the good that it’s trying to bring or to make.”

SOT, Shir, Passerby: “As a Libetarian I really, really value freedom and the freedom also of the right of privacy but even though, I think everything has a price and this is definitely a price we should pay. So I am 100 percent about it because every value has a point that you should say ‘Okay, we need to give up this value for a bigger cause’ and I think it’s definitely one of those cases. So I am definitely all about it to let this information out in order that, as incentive for people to get vaccines and taking us one step closer to normal life.”

Source: RUPTLY

Header: People dressed as Lego medical personnel walk past shops in Jerusalem on February 24, 2021, a day before the Jewish holiday of Purim. – Israel imposed a night-time curfew for three nights to curb the spread of the coronavirus during the Jewish holiday of Purim. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate biblical story of the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire, as recorded in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)