Chabad photographer Meir Alfasi, who is currently stuck in Costa Rica due to Israel’s flight ban, was brutally robbed by locals.
Alfasi arrived at 770 for Yud Shvat a few weeks ago and then did some photography work in Costa Rica, where he was robbed and left without money, luggage, and his expensive photography equipment.
Following the closure of Ben Gurion Airport and the ban on flights to Israel, he is stuck in the country without the ability to return to Israel, as the few rescue flights that have already been approved are full.
Following the robbery, Alfasi’s wife wrote a letter to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, in which she decries her husband’s situation and the consequences for the rest of the family in Israel.
“Mr. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – your conduct in the face of the closure is illogical, it is not possible that people urgently need to arrive in Israel for very urgent personal needs? And the flight permits being issued are minimal.”
“I am Mushka Alfasi, married to Meir Alfasi, we have four children, Hani – 10, Yosefi – 9, Ariel – 5, and Shira – 3. My husband flew before the closure to Costa Rica, and there was a robbery that left him with nothing… No money, no luggage, and no photography equipment. And I am here in the country for more than two and a half weeks alone… and my husband is the main breadwinner. ”
She went on to share the situation at home while her husband is stuck abroad: “The economic situation is shrinking, we have received an exception permit to enter the country, but I ask you Mr. Prime Minister – how does it make sense to catch such a flight if the only flight available is from Germany, and you know that Germany does not approve the entry of foreign nationals. ”
Finally a cry of pain: “Where are other flights? Where are flights from popular destinations for Israelis outside of Europe? Why not make sure that the number of flights to Israel is more frequent… Depending on the amount of exception permits? They are waiting for him, every day the gap grows and grows.”