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Israel’s Anti-vaxxers Have Completely Lost It

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Israeli anti-vaccination activists cheered when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a cautious stance regarding the coronavirus booster shot. To some of them, it was a real shot in the arm, sending their morale and their rhetoric soaring to new heights, all the while overlooking an inherent contradiction.

Until then, they saw the FDA as a part of the conglomerate of the Great Satan (Pfizer Inc.) and the Little Satan (Prime Minister Naftali Bennett) and were wholly unimpressed by the FDA’s previous authorizations and approvals of the vaccine.

It’s hard to gauge the true size and influence of this energetic and vocal group. Although there are still approximately 1 million vaccine-eligible people in Israel who remain unvaccinated, most of them are either ultra-Orthodox Jews or Arab citizens. The anti-vaccine protesters, in contrast, constitute an ideological group that arose in a secular-Jewish milieu, and it is doubtful that such a group holds much sway among Haredim and Arabs.

It certainly makes a lot of noise on Facebook and WhatsApp, and occasionally gains attention and support from media figures and internet influencers, so it presumably........

© Haaretz

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