THE LIES THAT ISRAEL DENIES THE COVID-19 VACCINE TO THE PALESTINIANS, AND HOW TO COUNTER THEM

In the minds of antisemites, Jews have long been held responsible for plague and disease. In the Middle Ages, Jews were accused of bringing about the Black Plague by poisoning the wells. In the modern version of this libel, the Jewish state is accused of spreading the Coronavirus and of withholding crucial lifesaving technologies from the Palestinian population. These accusations range from the obscene, depicted in cartoons such as those by Carlos Latuff , to sloppy reporting by major newspapers , and pseudo-legal claims by NGOs such as Physicians for Human Rights.

 

The ILF is proud to present a brief that is intended to answer the claims that Israel is neglecting its humanitarian obligations by not vaccinating the Palestinian population against Coronavirus. It will cover the State of Israel’s obligations vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority as well as the Gaza Strip in terms of healthcare. It also sets out Israel’s concrete actions that have been taken to alleviate Palestinian hardship due to Covid-19, even in the absence of a legal obligation to do so.