Under the auspices of Covid-19, the government has greatly expanded their power over its citizenry. Emergency order after emergency order has severely encroached on personal liberties, in a way that was unthinkable before. The USA Attorney General agrees, saying that lockdowns and associated policies were one of the “greatest intrusions on civil liberties in American history”[1]

In Israel (and elsewhere), freedom of religion was severely restricted by the closure of places of worship and the limiting of the number of worshipers that can gather either indoors or outdoors. In November the U.S. Supreme Court struck down this restriction concluding that it violated the the constitution[2]

Government restrictions on free speech and criticism of the government have been imposed in at least 72 countries”[3] Freedom of assembly was restricted by limiting the kinds and size of gatherings, including those in one’s own home.

In Israel (and worldwide) hundreds of thousands of people have been and continue to be detained and held without due process, and without appeal simply because they may have been in close contact with someone who may have been Covid-19 positive. To accomplish this, Israel utilized its security services to monitor the movement of citizens without the need of a court order[4]. Later, the government acknowledged that thousands were falsely sent to isolation because of this system[5] [6]. A government audit found that only 3-7% of those sent to isolation by the system eventually tested positive for Covid-19.[7]

Governments continued to mandate the wearing of intrusive medical devices (masks) based on little research, even after they proved ineffective at preventing further waves of infection[8]. Governments are restricting travel unless the traveler submits to an invasive PCR test, [9] even though the tests are unreliable[10] and the supreme court of Portugal ruled that the test is not sufficiently reliable and resulting quarantines are unlawful.[11]

The Israeli government has sealed its borders to non-citizens since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. At times, access to the justicial system was suspended with the closing of the courts[12]. Israel even included a ban on political demonstrations[13] the government issued over 306,755 fines (as of October) to people who didn’t comply with these regulations[14] In other countries, courts have ruled against the emergency measures due to constitutional or civil liberty violations[15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20].

As if to add insult to injury, the Israeli government has refused to release the basis and details of their decision making, with regards to Covid-19, to the pubic and have sealed these records for 30 years, claiming state secrets[21].

[1]“greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” other than slavery”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/09/17/barr-labels-stay-at-home-orders-the-greatest-intrusion-on-civil-liberties-since-slavery/#3251afa76c8f
[2]“strikes at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty”
 https://agudah.org/high-court-victory-for-religious-liberty/
https://hebrewnews.com/article/37088
[3]“Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the condition of democracy and human rights has grown worse in 80 countries”
https://freedomhouse.org/report/special-report/2020/democracy-under-lockdown
[4]“Government okays mass surveillance of Israelis’ phones”
https://www.timesofisrael.com/government-okays-mass-surveillance-of-israelis-phones-to-curb-coronavirus/
[5]Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits
https://www.timesofisrael.com/over-12000-mistakenly-quarantined-by-phone-tracking-health-ministry-admits/
[6]“they have no means of appealing the order”
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-30-000-israelis-ordered-to-quarantine-as-digital-tracking-of-virus-patients-resumes-1.8970199
[7]“Shin Bet sent between three to eight times as many people into quarantine unnecessarily when compared to epidemiological investigations”
 https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/comptroller-end-shin-bet-surveillance-of-corona-infected-citizens-646990
[8]Charts showing infections and mask mandates
 https://rationalground.com/mask-charts/
https://youtu.be/v7f7fb3RsSs
[9]“entry to those areas will be allowed for those who underwent a coronavirus test during the preceding 72 hours” https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-cases-rise-eilat-and-dead-sea-open-to-israeli-tourists-strip-malls-reopen/
[10]“PCR test does not necessarily mean the virus is present, infectious, or viable”
 https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/292466
[11]“Portuguese Court Rules PCR Tests “Unreliable” & Quarantines “Unlawful””
 https://off-guardian.org/2020/11/20/portuguese-court-rules-pcr-tests-unreliable-quarantines-unlawful/
[12]“emergency measures … affecting the workings of Israel’s courts”
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-netanyahu-trial-postponed-by-two-months-1.8675477
[13]Virus czar says vote to shut down was all about protests, ‘made me sick’”
https://www.timesofisrael.com/report-virus-czar-said-vote-for-full-closure-all-about-protests-made-me-sick/
[14]“306,755 COVID-19 non-compliance fines”
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/518714
[15]https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/michigan-supreme-court-strikes-down-whitmers-virus-orders-gov-fires-back
[16]https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-wisconsin-idUSKBN22Q04H
[17]https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-digest-spanish-court-overturns-madrid-lockdown-order/a-55195457
[18]https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2020/09/14/pennsylvania-coronavirus-restrictions-struck-down-tom-wolf-stay-at-home-order-federal-court/#3d3a2f294bdf
[19]https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-germany-meat-guete-idUSKBN2472BW
[20]https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8847125/Berlin-court-overturns-order-shut-Berlins-bars-restaurants-11pm.html
[21]“It sent the protocols documenting how it happened to the state archives for 30 years”
 https://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1001331519

David Heller 9.12.2020 The Emperor's New Clothes