End Medical Apartheid, Redux
We've contacted Congress. Now we ask the Biden administration to demand justice in Israel's vaccination program.
President Biden must also fulfill his promise to restore urgently needed U.S. humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
“The situation is miserable and bleak across the Palestinian Territory. Scores of patients do not find beds in hospitals and they are placed in corridors without the needed ventilators....According to some reports, patients are just sent home to take care of themselves," reported Dr. Bernard Sabella of the Middle East Council of Churches.
For months, Israel has been bragging that it is well on its way to vaccinating all of its citizens. The world has responded with praise and admiration for Israel's successful vaccination program, in spite of Israel’s refusal to vaccinate millions of people living under its the control of its military.
Under the Geneva Conventions, the health and welfare of those millions who live under Israel’s military occupation are the responsibility of the occupier. That is certainly never more than during this pandemic.
Following calls by leading human rights organizations and medical leaders such as Save the Children, Oxfam, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, and others, Israel has been vaccinating Palestinians workers inside Israel and has provided a small quantity of vaccines for use in the occupied territories.
But for the overwhelming majority of 5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, vaccines remain unattainable. Covid-19 cases have risen alarmingly in March, and hospitals have been utterly overwhelmed with patients.
Tell President Biden and Vice President Harris to hold Israel accountable to its obligations as an occupying power and insist that Israel provide COVID-19 vaccines equally and fairly to Palestinians living under its occupation.