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27 December, 2020


Israel is rolling out its inoculation program, and it's now working 24/7, with the ambition of reaching 150,000 per day, meaning that it should cover the entire population within a few weeks. We had ours today, with little fuss, through a retirement community at which D. gives yoga classes, nearby. They wanted anyone who comes into contact with the inmates to be vaccinated, together with spouses. It was probably the Pfizer vaccine, as that was the first to be approved.

Apparently Israel also purchased 1.5 million doses of the Sputnik vaccine, though its use has not yet been approved. Al-Monitor is reporting that these are being offered to the PA; a move which Physicians for Human Rights opposes, on the grounds that as the occupying power, Israel is responsible for the health of the people under its occupation:
'In a letter to Health Ministry director Hezi Levi and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Kamil Abu Rukun, director Ghada Majadle argued that as an occupying force, Israel has a legal obligation to care for Palestinians’ health, stating, “The Palestinian health system, whether in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, is in dire condition, mainly [because of] restrictions imposed by Israel.”'

But PHR says, that according to the same legal obligations, Israel is obligated to provide only medicines that have been approved "by the appropriate scientific and regulatory authorities."

In this particular case, Israel may (hopefully) decide that it is in its own national interest to ensure that Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are vaccinated.

As for my feeling after the inoculation: so far a bit of fatigue, like something's going on my body. When you get the shot, the duty person first asks whether you have previously experienced adverse reactions to vaccination. I remembered that the only time that happened was around 40+ years ago, when I was getting inoculated against Typhus or Typhoid Fever, in Delhi. The man next to me in the queue, a Delhi resident, warned me that sometimes they would bring in a Russian vaccine, which tended to trigger a strong reaction. It must have been that one, as I immediately came down with a severe cold and felt rotten for several days.

Third National Lockdown

Israel just entered its third national lockdown, which is supposed to last 2 weeks. Schools remain open; essential businesses too, though the regulations are a bit vague. On the one hand, they are saying that shops will remain open, and, on the other, that everything must be on a delivery only basis. But when we visited shops today, they told us they would be open for business as usual. Fines for breaching the regulations are 500 sheqels.


We've been battered by gusty southern and eastern winds constantly for 3 days now, and it isn't showing any sign of letting up.
It isn't particularly cold; winds from the north and west usually bring the cold and the rain. Today we went out for a long walk, visiting on the way Son 1's house construction: they were casting the floor today.


The village from below

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✭ התגלית מלפני 350 אלף שנה, שנמצאה במערה בכרמל
 הקדומה ביותר לשימוש בכלי אבן לשחיקה, עוד בתקופת ההומנינים, נתגלתה במערת טבון (תנור) במערב הכרמל. התגלית מקדימה בכ-150 אלף שנים כל כלי אחר בעולם הנושא עדויות לשחיקה
Stones used to create tools have been discovered in the Carmel area aged approximately 350,000 years; they say 150,000 years earlier than the earliest-known stones of this type, and prior to the arrival of homo sapiens.

✭ China to overtake US as world's biggest economy by 2028, report predicts | World news | The Guardian
The Centre for Economics and Business Research said that it nowexpected the value of China’s economy when measured in dollars to exceed that of the US by 2028, half a decade sooner than it expected a year ago.