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Visitors to terror victim’s family turned back at airport, forced to violate Shabbat

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Several foreigners arriving from South Africa on Friday were blocked from entering the country, after the government introduced new measures to curb the spread of Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant. Among them were visitors who had come to pay their respects to the family of Eliyahu David Kay, who was murdered in a Jerusalem terror attack last week.

The two, along with three others, had departed from South Africa before the new restrictions banning foreign visitors from much of Africa were announced Thursday night. All five, who were Jewish, were forced to leave on a flight on Friday that forced them violate the Jewish Sabbath, despite pleading with officials to allow them to stay until after the holy day, they told Walla news.

Ilana Smith, a friend of Kay’s mother, said the passengers were “treated like we were........

© The Times of Israel

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