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Birthright cancels 42 summer trips, citing coronavirus restrictions

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Birthright participants at the organization’s gala event in Jerusalem, June 27, 2018
Oren Ben Hakon / FLASH 90Birthright participants at the organization’s gala event in Jerusalem, June 27, 2018

Organization tasked with bringing Jews abroad to visit Israel says it expects restrictions to 'be temporary'

Birthright canceled the remaining 42 trips it had planned for the summer due to Israeli regulations on arrivals from the US, according to Haaretz Monday.

A spokesman told Haaretz that Birthright expects the seven-day quarantine regulation on the US and others to “be temporary.”

This comes as the coronavirus infections in Israel continue to rise, with more than 6,200 new cases reported on Tuesday.

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The program, known as Taglit in Israel, meaning “discovery,” lasts for 10 days and is meant to bring Jews from around the world to learn about Israel and meet other Jews, both from abroad and in Israel. After the 10 days, participants in the program can extend their visit.

Most participants are from the US, among all but 10 countries whose arrivals Israel’s coronavirus regulations will require to quarantine for a week.

Those from the Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Taiwan, Moldova, New Zealand, China, Singapore and the Czech Republic will be held in isolation for 24 hours, but only Austria, the Czech Republic and Moldova allow entry of Israeli tourists.