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UN ‘experts’ attack Israel over Palestinian coronavirus vaccinations

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21.01.2021

Michael Lynk, the UN Human Rights Council’s monitor charged with investigating “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” together with Tlaleng Mofokeng, the council’s health monitor who in November tweeted “Free Palestine,” have inserted the imprimatur of the United Nations into the propaganda campaign that seeks to unfairly malign Israel for not providing Palestinian Authority residents with coronavirus vaccines while punishing Israelis for their world-leading vaccination program.

In a January 14 press release, the UN appointees acknowledge Israel’s impressive vaccination rollout and the inclusion of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. “However,” they say, “Israel has not ensured that Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza will have any near-future access to the available vaccines.”

Claiming that millions of Palestinians will remain unprotected and exposed to the coronavirus while Israeli citizens, including settlers, will be vaccinated, they opine: “Morally and legally, this differential access to necessary health care in the midst of the worst global health crisis in a century is unacceptable.”

Yet, in a seeming contradiction, the press release then states that the Palestinian Authority has ordered COVID-19 vaccines separately even if it may take some weeks before delivery.

It is worth noting that on the very same day, the World Health Organization was lamenting that 95 percent of vaccine doses so far administered worldwide were limited to 10 countries, including Israel. Equitable global distribution of vaccines is clearly an issue of concern but the UN has not singled out the U.S., China, the UK, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Russia, Germany, Spain and Canada for prioritizing their own populations above those of other countries. Would the two UN monitors be so focused on Israel were it not for the significant speed and efficiency of vaccinations that has brought the country so much attention?

At this time, approximately a quarter of Israel’s eligible population have received their first vaccine dose, reportedly recently reaching over 2 million people. This means that the majority of Israelis are, like the Palestinians, still waiting to be vaccinated.

In an interview with Sky News, Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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