for our work to continue.
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General Conference 2020 has been
scheduled for Aug-Sept 2021. Our justice legislation is still vital & needs
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Israel Exceeds 3,000 New Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours
Ynet News • 3 Sept 2020
Israel saw a record-breaking 3,074 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said, with a 9.4% positivity rate out of the 32,700 tests conducted. There are currently 834 people hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19. Of that number, 426 are in serious condition, including 124 patients on ventilators. Since the start of the pandemic, 969 Israelis have succumbed to the virus out of the 122,539 infected. More than 100,000 of those cases have been diagnosed since June. Since February, one in every 75 people in Israel was confirmed to have COVID-19. Coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu visited the northern city of Tiberias, which has been designated a "red" zone because of a continued rise in cases. He told local leaders that their city is showing a 14% positivity rate and rebuked them for a lack of adherence to health directives.
Lockdowns on 30 Cities Hard Hit by Coronavirus
Jerusalem Post • 3 September 2020
The coronavirus cabinet, which leads Israel's response to the pandemic, decided to impose lockdowns on 30 localities with high COVID-19 infection rates. Under these new measures, residents will be prohibited from venturing more than 500 meters away from home except for the supply of food, medicine, and other essential house maintenance needs; all "non-essential" businesses will be shuttered; educational institutions will be closed except for kindergartens and special education; and travel to, within, and from the cities, and even certain neighborhoods will be restricted. The restrictions are set to come into effect on Monday and ministers are expected to finalize the list of localities that will be placed under lockdown by Sunday. Restrictions will be in effect for a week and might be extended upon reassessment.
Gamzu says 'Israel is at war', tough decisions afoot as virus spreads
Ynet News • 3 Sept 2020
Coronavirus czar sends resolute message to Israelis as COVID-19 cases skyrocket, says there's 'probable chance' Israel will be placed under lockdown during High Holidays later in the month. Prof. Ronni Gamzu said on Thursday that the country is "at war" and that the government is expected to use far-reaching measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country's infection rate continues to soar.
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TIMELINE FOR COVID-19 IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE
from Jewish Voice for Peace: https://www.jvphealth.org/covid-19
An Appeal from UMKR
UMKR has important church legislation for our denomination's global General Conference, to be held in 2021. These resolutions address:
• protecting Palestinian children,
• defending the right to boycott,
•divesting from the bonds of occupation governments, and other timely justice issues.
We also have BIG PLANS for educating
A LOT of people throughout our church about Palestinian rights, with literature, displays, speakers, meals, and witness actions!
With very limited resources, UMKR has made a BIG impact in the global United Methodist Church! Groundbreaking divestment and boycott actions by the UMC would never have happened without UMKR's advocacy AND all the extraordinary partners and allies who helped us.
General Conference is always our BEST OPPORTUNITY to make a worldwide impactfor Palestinian rights throughout our denomination.
But, if we are to succeed in advocating for justice with thousands of United Methodists who come to General Conference from four continents, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
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know that whatever you are able to give
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