People who returned from abroad and were placed in isolation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem began a protest this morning (Tuesday) against representatives of the Ministry of Health and the hotel staff. 

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"Let us go home today, I have a daughter at home by herself,” said one woman at the protest. 

"We are in touch with the Ministry of Health. We sent hundreds of requests from the moment we arrived. Where are the forms we send every day? We deserve rights. We are human beings. Why do you throw us into rooms and not listen to us?" said another woman. 

Protest at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem (Photo: Lubna Mekledah)

A third woman said she was injured in the leg and had not received medical treatment.

Ari Egar, who arrived at the hotel after flying from Los Angeles on Saturday, told Davar: "When I arrived at the hotel I knew it would not be a good situation, but it was on a different level than I expected. I feel really trapped. The food is almost inedible. Every hour speakers go off with the same message, that we must not leave the rooms or we will be reported.”

"The service for the people in isolation is terrible. There are set hours for meals, and the food is so bad that most of us ordered food from outside. Apparently, most people spent more than 100 shekels a day on food," adds Egar.

Uneaten food was placed in the hallways the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem as part of a protest against Israel’s new policy of quarantining returning travelers in hotels (Photo: Fada Nar Alden)

Israel began mandating that those returning from abroad isolate in government-run hotels starting last Wednesday, after a mutation in the coronavirus was identified in Britain.