Bernie Sanders criticizes Israel over vaccine state of affairs in Palestinian territories

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Feb 26, 2021

Sen. Bernie Sanders has joined different members of Congress in criticizing Israel for the vaccination state of affairs within the Palestinian territories.

The Vermont unbiased mentioned Wednesday that Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a accountability because the “occupying power” to vaccinate Palestinians.

“As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for the health of all the people under its control,” mentioned Sanders on Twitter. “It is outrageous that Netanyahu would use spare vaccines to reward his foreign allies while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting.”

Sanders was referring to stories that Israel will give a small variety of surplus vaccine doses to pleasant nations, together with Hungary and Guatemala. Israel is main the world in per capita vaccine doses administered. However, the Palestinian territories have had a a lot slower rollout, therefore Sanders’ tweet. Reps. Jamaal Bowman of New York and Marie Newman of Illinois have additionally voiced related criticisms of Israel in latest weeks.

Human rights teams consider Israel has a accountability to vaccinate all residents of the Palestinian territories. Israel has not said it’s chargeable for this. Netanyahu’s son Yair responded to Sanders’ tweet, saying that Hamas-run Gaza additionally has a border with Egypt and is due to this fact not depending on Israel. He additionally repeated Israeli assertions that the Oslo Accord offers the Palestinian Authority management over civil points within the territories.

The United Nations considers the West Bank and Gaza to be Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, however Israel disputes this.

Vaccinations have begun in each the West Bank and Gaza. Israeli and Palestinian Authority plans to vaccinate extra Palestinians are persevering with, although many particulars have but to be labored out.

Adding to the controversy, Israel’s public broadcaster Kan reported Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority refused Israel’s request to open a vaccination heart for Palestinians on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The authority didn’t wish to enable Israel entry to the contentious holy web site, in accordance with the outlet.