Amid rising infections, Israeli ultra-Orthodox defy lockdown

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By TIA GOLDENBERG | AP
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Tue, 2020-10-06 06:34

TEL AVIV, Israel: After a revered ultra-Orthodox rabbi died this week, Israeli police thought they had worked out an arrangement with his followers to allow a small, dignified funeral that would conform with public health guidelines under the current coronavirus lockdown.
But when it was time to bury the rabbi on Monday, thousands of people showed up — ignoring social distancing rules and clashing with police who tried to disperse the mass gathering.

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