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Wednesday, 9
October 2019


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Not a soul on the streets for Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv

by Giles Fraser

This photograph was taken this morning at 8.30 am, in the centre of Tel Aviv, in what ordinarily would have been the rush hour. And when I say there was no traffic on the road, I don’t mean like in the UK at Christmas where a few cars still drive about. I mean none. I wandered around for two hours and saw not a single car driving the streets.

It is not illegal to drive here on Yom Kippur. You can if you want, but people don’t. Even atheists and those hostile to religion respect this. Children take over the streets with their scoters. People lie down in middle of the road, but not in an Extinction Rebellion kind of way. Families wearing white head off to synagogue.

If this were to happen in the UK you can be sure that Dawkins and Grayling and all their mates would be out pootling about in their little Priuses protesting their “rights”. It’s very lovely that this doesn’t happen here.


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