Emma Sass
Emma Sass
Grateful to be Grateful

Why this Pfizer-vaxxed gal is voting Rappeh

Rappeh is a political party that was established in response to the rage many Israelis felt toward their government which they believed had lied to them, set up a secret deal with a large pharmaceutical company and then bullied them into taking a non-FDA approved vaccine; engaged in cumbersome and unnecessary lockdowns and school closures and ultimately limited their basic civil rights. The Party is headed by Dr. Arieh Avni, a man who had his medical license revoked coincidentally around the time of the Party’s establishment by retired Israeli judge Amnon Strashnov for putting out “harsh and blatant statements…against the coronavirus vaccine [which] pose a real danger to public safety and health,” aka giving over his medical opinion.

Rappeh is seeking  to provide “informed consent. No more forced lockdowns, no coercion to vaccinate, and a return of human and personal medical rights for everyone, which the Rappeh Party states, have been taken away from Israeli citizens under the government’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

Some Observations:

  1. The Pfizer vaccine has NOT received FDA approval. The FDA government paper states: “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is a vaccine and may prevent you from getting COVID-19. There is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.”
  2. Netanyahu entered into a deal with Pfizer without the consent of the Israeli vaccine recipients who, as part of the deal, had to give up privacy to their medical records.
  3. 123348 job losses were counted at the start of the third lockdown (65% of whom were women).
  4. It is impossible to know the long-term effects of the vaccine. In fact, we have more chance of knowing the long-term effects of COVID-19 since that has been in our midst for far longer than the vaccine.
  5. All political parties have corruption within them; it’s just a matter of degree.

Coronavirus Versus Vaccine

For a year while we dealt with the government restrictions where hundreds of thousands lost their livelihoods, kids were not able to go to school and loved ones had to die alone, there was a semblance of unity among the people that we are “all fighting this virus together.”  When the “miracle cure” arrived in Israel in the form of little Pfizer vials, this changed.  Shuls shuttered their doors for ‘the unvaccinated’ — or created separate bathrooms and seating for the contaminated — gyms denied entrance to its members that had remained loyal DC; and perhaps the worst was when family members disinvited their ‘unvaccinated’ brothers and sisters to their Purim seudot and Shabbat tables.

I was initially among the unvaccinated group.  And I still am… in my heart.  I didn’t want to take the vaccine since I don’t fall into any of the high-risk categories.    I also am not a teacher or in the medical profession, nor am I exposed to large amounts of people.  Baruch Hashem my parents are quite comfortable socializing with me since they have been vaccinated, but there again they were before the vaccination was created, placing a higher priority of living what life we have left to the full rather than living in fear.  Trying to be as responsible and careful as possible, I then discussed the matter with my GP who, while didn’t tell me not to take it, medically supported the reasonableness of it.

From Unvaccinated to Vaccinated: The Internal Journey

Why did I change my mind and get vaccinated? Was it social or peer pressure?  No.  I’ve never cared what anyone thought of me particularly. I hated — and still do — the apparent anger one group had toward the other; what happened to unity and being in it together and veahavta l’rayach c’mocha (treating each other the way we want to be treated which certainly can’t be interpreted as attacking the other).  Also, I felt like I was being bullied.  That led to me feeling like I was being silenced and had no voice. I was scared to opine my views on social media for fear of being viciously attacked (as my husband has been).  Each time the discussion came up in any of my circles I felt like I was being “told off.” Some of the sentiments being aired were ‘well if you don’t get vaccinated, my kids could die,’ or ‘when people like you don’t get vaccinated and they can (I urge you to truly understand what that even means), you’re destroying any potential for herd immunity,’ or ‘since you have the option of getting vaccinated and are refusing it, you don’t deserve to join society in going back to normal,’ etc.

Then it felt like every.single.conversation somehow involved the vaccine.  “Are you double vaxxed?” “Did you get your green pass yet?” “It’s so disgusting people aren’t taking the vaccine.” All of a sudden, comments that in any other situation would be seen as completely invasive, became totally acceptable, even necessary.  People had a right, nay a responsibility to exert their “medical knowledge” on their “ignorant counterparts,” who hadn’t yet seen the light of the generosity of our Prime Minister for his heavily redacted Pfizer deal.

This resulted in me having panic attacks. I had no sense of calm.  Every time I thought of going anywhere or seeing anyone I’d not seen in a while I was filled with a sense of dread of having to have “the conversation” again.  It literally became too much.  I didn’t want to mix with anyone; I just wanted to curl up in a ball and run away. And again, I hated the fighting.

And so, long story short, having spoken to my Rav of 30+ years I decided to “take my brain out of the equation,” bite the bullet and follow what the Rabbis way more connected to The One Above than me and do it. And I also knew that with all the politics and all the lies, this had just become way bigger than me.  So I did it and BH I got some kind of shalva BH.

But I will NEVER use the green pass to go to a place if someone I am with is refused entrance.  I will NEVER use the entrance and bathrooms for ‘green pass holders only.’ Because emotionally and psychologically I still identify with anyone who wants to exert free will over what happens to their bodies. And I will NEVER support a politician that adheres to these principles.

And that is why I am voting Rappeh.

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At 48 years old, Emma Sass is blessed to be the most content she has ever been.
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