Photo Credit: Kan News screen grab via Twitter
Purim weekend revelers party in Yafo (Jaffa) hours before night curfew.

Israelis gathered to celebrate Purim this weekend at the Yafo (Jaffa) flea market a few hours before the start of a night curfew that is supposed to work towards protecting the population against the spread of the coronavirus, Israel’s Hebrew-language Kan News public broadcasting news team reported Saturday night.

As one can see in the video clip below, the celebrants enjoyed the beautiful weather.

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Very few wore masks and all were too busy partying to consider the ongoing pleas of the prime minister, the health minister and the health ministry guidelines to engage in social distancing — really the only surefire ways, so far, to prevent COVID-19. (There is obviously no place to even discuss handwashing.)

“There’s no corona, the corona is ended,” sang one partygoer as she was interviewed by the news team.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.