Israelis take part in screaming sessions to waive lockdown blues

Published on Feb 09, 2021 05:43 PM IST

To lift lockdown gloom, Israelis are keeping calm and carrying on screaming.

People take part in a screaming session as they seek emotional release from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) confinements, in an open area near Ra'anana, Israel.(REUTERS)
People take part in a screaming session as they seek emotional release from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) confinements, in an open area near Ra'anana, Israel.(REUTERS)
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Tired of COVID-19 confinement and seeking both communion and emotional release, some Israelis have taken to group screaming.

A record vaccine rollout has done little to ease Israel's pandemic curbs. Next month's election - the fourth in two years, due to coalition infighting and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's legal woes - has many complaining of malaise.

While some Israelis take part in street demonstrations, others take to nature and shout to the heavens.

People take part in a screaming session as they seek emotional release from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) confinements, in an open area near Ra'anana, Israel February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen(REUTERS)
People take part in a screaming session as they seek emotional release from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) confinements, in an open area near Ra'anana, Israel February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen(REUTERS)

"We decided to meet, our group together, in order to take the group screaming so that we can release our bad energies," said Mary Peery, leading 10 mostly elderly companions on a yell-punctuated hike through an orange orchard and over a hilltop.

"When we do it in a group it's like a prayer and maybe God will hear us and release us from this COVID-19 curse."

To scream, the group stood in choric proximity and removed their masks, drawing looks from passersby. One of the organisers played down any health risk, however, saying everyone in the group had either recovered from COVID-19 or been vaccin ated.


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