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Straight Facts Volume #36

This edition of Straight Facts takes a look at various aspects of the effects of COVID-19 on Aliyah, relations between Israelis and Palestinians, and more

April 20, 2020


Dear Chaverot

I hope this finds you well.

As we navigate these times of great uncertainty, one thing remains constant and that is our global WIZO family. No matter where we are in the world, the support, love and resilience exhibited by our Chaverot in Israel and around the world is a reminder that even though we may not be together physically, we are getting through this challenging time together.

It is my belief that we will heal, rebuild and triumph together.

In this edition, we take a look at various aspects of the effects of COVID-19 on Aliyah, relations between Israelis and Palestinians and so much more.

A reminder that if you would like to join the WIZO News & Hasbara Whats App group, please send a message to me + 972 52 582 9090 with your name.  Please note that due to the high volume of news, comments can only be made by the admin and if you would like content to be posted, please send messages directly to me.

I wish you all continued good health.

Warmest regards

Rolene Marks

World WIZO Executive: Public Diplomacy & Hasbarah – Office of the Chairperson

+ 972 52 582 9090


As social distancing results in most of us having to resort to technology in order to keep in touch with our colleagues and friends, organisations are warning us to be aware of a frightening new phenomenon – zoombombing. Read more about it here:

Israel Declares War on the Coronavirus

When Israel first started imposing restrictions to guard against the spread of coronavirus, many thought that the country was suffering from “coronoia”.

Corona Virus Doesn’t Stop Aliyah!

Welcoming so many olimhome! The spread of COVID-19 hasn’t stopped many olim (immigrants) from all over the world from returning home to start a new life in israel – even if it does mean going straight into quarantine!

Israelis and Palestinians Work Together to Fight COVID-19

Viruses know no borders. COVID-19 does not care who is engaged in conflict but perhaps this microbe has accomplished the seemingly impossible – bringing Israelis and Palestinians together. Read more about their mutual cooperation here:

How Magen David Adom is Keeping Israel Safe:

Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency response team is on the frontline of fighting the spread of COVID-19. They share some of what they are doing right here:  

Would you like to submit an article for inclusion in Straight Facts? All languages are welcome!

Email Rolene Marks, World WIZO Executive: Public Diplomacy & Hasbara


Tel.: + 972 52 580 9090