Investigation of Most Returnees From Uman Canceled

YERUSHALAYIM -
Men returning from Uman arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Israeli police have canceled the investigation into 150 of the 200 travelers who returned to Israel from Uman and were accused of presenting false COVID-19 tests.

Authorities claimed they had tested positive in Ukraine before their departure and therefore presented false documentation upon their arrival. New findings now indicate that they were in fact negative for the virus upon landing in Israel.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett castigated the travelers and ordered police to immediately open investigations of those under suspicion.

“The Israeli government takes a very serious view of patients who fraudulently enter Israel by falsifying documents and deliberately spread disease, which constitutes an irresponsible act of harming public peace,” Bennett said in a statement.

On Sunday, when the new findings were published, MK Betzalel Smotrich (Religious Zionist Party) criticized Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz for pushing for immediate investigation of travelers returning from Uman.