More Than 3,000 Israelis Pack an Outdoor Protest Concert In Tel Aviv

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Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, live music returned to Tel Aviv, Israel, in a serious way last week.

On Friday, 3,000 Israelis gathered in a park in Tel Aviv to protest the country’s coronavirus restrictions. Israel has been in lockdown since mid-March, which has all but ended the local entertainment industry. The event yesterday was billed as a protest of the COVID-19 lockdown, rather than a concert.

Tel Aviv’s mayor joined the protest of the government regulations, saying: “This is the cry of an entire industry that needs answering. The responsibility lies first and foremost with the Israeli government, and I’m appealing from here – don’t forget the culture!”

Thousands of people gathered to watch “Behind the Scenes: an Assembly of Solidarity” in Tel Aviv.

Organizers of the event exploited a loophole in Israel’s lockdown regulations to hold the event. The loophole effectively allows contained protests to continue. Organizers asked all attendees entering the park to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

But social distancing guidelines are hard to follow when you’re in a packed park. Many videos and pictures on social media show people dancing together without masks. Currently, Israel has 16,680 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 279 confirmed deaths.

The packed concert park looked no different than any other live music festival, which is drawing a mix of both negative and positive reactions. With this gathering a ‘success,’ more Israeli business owners in the entertainment industry are suddenly encouraged. Tel Aviv’s Barby club owner is quoted as saying: “On the 18th of the month, we’re opening, period.”

The impact of large gatherings like this won’t be known for at least two weeks. Shortly after states like Texas and Georgia re-opened in the US, they began experiencing their highest case rates yet. And re-opening too quickly could have dire economic consequences across the globe, including the spread of fear. On that note, a recent poll of Americans in April found that only 10% said they would be willing to attend a live concert or festival right now. In the end, it doesn’t matter if venues are open if people feel scared.

8 Responses

  1. Angelito

    Good for them. The lockdown in the US is a political hoax at this point. #Resist

    Never wear a mask and go about your life.

    • Richard

      100k dead and it’s a hoax. Whatever. You’re a mess.

      • Angelito

        The continued lockdown is a hoax by politicians drunk with martial law power. RESIST! Fuck the lockdown.

        • Richard

          sure they aren’t. you know better than anyone it sounds like.

          • Angelito

            The data doesn’t lie. Europe is learning this—the countries that locked down did worse with CV than those with minimal or no restrictions.

            The lockdown response is a liberal political hoax that is trying to tank the US economy before the November election. Liberals will destroy American lives simply because “orange man bad.”

            And. if you were intellectually honest, you would admit it. But liberals lack the capacity to be honest.

  2. Richard

    Conspiracy theories without fact or substantiation are just lunatic ramblings…and that is where you shine. When you take your argument away from facts and move into pointing a liberal vs conservative discussion, you lose…especially when the person you accuse isn’t a liberal. Keep up the good work.

    • Angelito

      Blah, blah, blah. Why is it that only leftist governors and mayors continue to force a lockdown when the data shows it has no effect?

      Because it is a political issue, and you damn well know it. Fuck liberals, fuck lockdowns, fuck facemasks. I believe in capitalism and am going back to work.

      • Richard

        Always a left/right argument without any facts from you. You have nothing, as usual.