Ukraine restricts Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman

Ukraine restricts Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman
Kiev. August 25. INTERFAX-Ukraine, at the request of the head of the Israeli government, decided to restrict the arrival of pilgrims to celebrate the Jewish New year in Uman, Cherkasy region, according to the website of President Vladimir Zelensky.
"At the request of the Prime Minister of Israel, a decision was made to significantly restrict the Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman to celebrate Rosh Hashanah," the report said.
Earlier, participants of an interdepartmental meeting in the Ukrainian foreign Ministry agreed that the arrival of tens of thousands of Hasidic pilgrims to Uman to celebrate the Jewish New year in the traditional format in 2020 is impossible due to the epidemiological situation in Israel, the ban on holding mass events in Ukraine, the need to create a large number of places for observation and the complexity of law enforcement monitoring compliance with the pilgrims ' self-isolation regime.
Later, the Ministry of health of Israel called on Kiev not to allow the Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman this year.
On August 17, the mayor of Uman, Alexander Tsebri, threatened to block entry for Hasidim during Rosh Hashanah due to the coronavirus and went to Kiev to resolve this issue at the highest level. On the same day, Ukrainian interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the government supported the decision to restrict foreign visitors to Uman for the period of Rosh Hashanah celebrations in 2020.
In 2019, more than 30,000 pilgrims arrived in Uman to celebrate the 5780 Jewish New year.
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