JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Seven members of a wealthy Bukharan Jewish family arrived in Israel from NY on a private jet to bury their mother who had passed away from COVID-19 next to their father in Jerusalem. This is unfortunately a common occurrence since the outbreak of the virus but the family also allegedly violated health ministry regulations by attending a large funeral despite the requirement for all people arriving from abroad to quarantine for 14 days.
Mako reported that the family paid nearly 200,000 dollars to transport their mother directly to Israel. The family, whose main business is in diamonds, is well known for their philanthropy to the community, and have supported Bukharan Jews worldwide, including communities in Queens and Arizona. Around 100 people awaited their arrival at Har Ha’Menuchot cemetery in Jerusalem and a family friend said that if not for the coronavirus “you would have seen thousands of people here.”
After the funeral family members continued to a Holon synagogue where other family members as well as friends and acquaintances who had not attended the funeral awaited their arrival.
Israeli police placed the blame on the health ministry which requires people arriving back in Israel to quarantine for 14 days. Police said that they enforce regulations and treat violations in accordance with health ministry lists which are transferred to them.