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Israel agrees to ship 5,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians below occupation

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  • Defence Minister’s spokesperson confirms Israel “to send 5,000 vaccines to medical teams” in Palestine
  • Calls rang out worldwide to make sure Palestinians below occupation weren’t ignored below Israel’s aggressive coronavirus vaccine marketing campaign
  • Amnesty Worldwide earlier this month termed Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine programme an instance of “institutionalised discrimination”

JERUSALEM: Israel has lastly agreed to ship 5,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestine to inoculate medical personnel, its defence ministry mentioned Sunday, following international calls to make sure Palestinians residing below its occupation have been vaccinated.

“I confirm we are going to send 5,000 vaccines to medical teams” within the Palestinian Nationwide Authority, a spokesperson for Defence Minister Benny Gantz informed AFP.

Whereas the Netanyahu authorities has launched an aggressive coronavirus vaccine marketing campaign — an effort extensively considered the world’s quickest per capita — calls echoed across the globe to ensure the Palestinians below occupation weren’t ignored.

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Nevertheless, greater than three million of the nation’s 9 million individuals have acquired the primary of two required jabs of the Pfizer vaccine to date.

Earlier this month, Amnesty Worldwide had known as for the Netanyahu regime to right away make sure the coronavirus vaccines have been offered to Palestinians residing below the Israeli occupation within the West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip in keeping with “its international obligations as an occupying power”.

‘Institutionalised discrimination’

The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan to date, Amnesty had famous on the time, “excludes the nearly 5 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, under Israeli military occupation”.

Terming Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine programme an instance of “institutionalised discrimination”, the NGO’s deputy regional director for the Center East and North Africa, Saleh Higazi, had mentioned it was an “illustration of how Israeli lives are valued above Palestinian ones”.

“Israeli authorities should be certain that vaccines are equally offered to the Palestinians residing below their management, with a purpose to meet their obligations below worldwide legislation.

“They must also ensure smooth entry of vaccines and other medical equipment to the OPT, including making any necessary logistical arrangements to ensure the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines,” Higazi had added.

‘Hold Israel to account’

Vaccinations have not yet begun in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory under Israeli military occupation since the 1967 Six-Day War.

The Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank city of Ramallah, has not publicly asked for Israel’s help procuring vaccines against the virus.

The PA has, however. announced procurement agreements with four vaccine providers, including the makers of Russia’s Sputnik V.

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The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has urged the international community “to carry Israel to account” and be certain that it gives vaccines to all Palestinians residing below Israeli occupation.

The United Nations and Jordan’s King Abdullah II have additionally known as on Israel to assist be certain that the two.8 million Palestinians within the West Financial institution and two million in Gaza are inoculated towards the virus.

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