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Denial Right to Services
The vaccination process is another example of how Israel continues to privilege the Jewish people over the Palestinian people in the same territory of the West Bank. As a start, Palestinians living under Israeli military rule, are the legal responsibility of the Israeli authorities under the Geneva convention.  In addition, the decisions of Palestinians and specifically the movement...
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“Israel has had the fastest vaccination rollout in the entire world, with 40% of Israelis already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but Palestinians in the Occupied Territories have received almost no doses — a situation critics call “vaccine apartheid.” By one count, just 34,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, which has...
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“The ‘joke’ works because Israel has vaccinated Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank while discriminating against millions of Palestinians in the same area, contrary to its obligations under international law. Simply saying something is anti-Semitic, as Che’s critics do, cannot be allowed to become an acceptable means for obscuring anti-Palestinian discrimination.” Read the full article...
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“That Palestinians are being forced to wait in spite of Israel’s own rapid roll-out of the vaccine and in spite of its responsibilities as an occupying power under international law speaks volumes about the value placed on Palestinian lives. In this, Israel is in breach of a number of Geneva Convention articles: Article 55 of the...
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“Over decades, in tours and activism on the West Bank with organizations like The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, I had witnessed disturbing realities that impacted me profoundly: the demolition of Palestinian homes, the expropriation of Palestinian land for Jewish settlements, olive orchards uprooted by settlers, and Palestinians evicted from homes in Jerusalem that they...
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“[I]n 2004, the UN Security Council passed binding Resolution 1544, explicitly ‘[r]eiterating the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949.” This is the end of the matter, Israel is...
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“[T]he Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases...
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Israel continues to commit ‘inhuman acts’ against the Palestinians. In this case, they shot a young man defending his house, leaving him paralysed. In the same instance, the Israeli army traumatised an 8-year-old boy by destroying his house and in lieu, burrying his toys under the rebels. Home demolitions, confiscation of the most basic infrastructure and...
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Israel doesn’t only deny its responsibility and legal obligation to provide the Palestinian people in the occupied territories of the West Bank with the COVID-19 vaccine, but also continues its campaign of demolitions in the West Bank, including clinics. “On Monday Israeli forces issued a slew of demolition orders to the Palestinian village of Zanouta...
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“‘While Israel has already vaccinated more than 20 percent of its citizens, including Jewish settlers in the West Bank, it has not committed to vaccinating Palestinians living in the same occupied territory under its military rule,’ Human Rights Watch said. The watchdog argued that it is Israel’s obligation under international humanitarian law, as an occupying power, to...
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