Photo Credit: Sharia Lotan, FB video screengrab
Desolate hall bereft of travelers at Ben Gurion International Airport

An employee at Ben Gurion International Airport with a gift for photography has decided to document the desolation wrought by the current global COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.


Sharia Lotan, who has been in charge of the Israel Airports Authority Transit and Information Systems for years, has been forced to confront the emptiness of the airport first-hand.

“Thirty-thousand employees in the past year took about 25 million people who flew to 200 different destinations from the most crowded, most fun and most alive place in the world there is,” he writes on his Facebook page.

“In one moment, everything was arrested, frozen. I spontaneously pulled out my phone and photographed my workplace that looks like such a scene from a horror movie, a real ghost city,” he writes.

“The place that was the liveliest, most wide-awake and happiest, has in the space of a moment become the saddest place in the country.”


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.