US Senator Bernie Sanders has lashed out at Tel Aviv for sending surplus coronavirus vaccines to pleasant nations abroad as an alternative of giving them to Palestinians, saying it should achieve this as an “occupying energy.”
“Because the occupying energy, Israel is chargeable for the well being of all of the folks beneath its management. It’s outrageous that Netanyahu would use spare vaccines to reward his overseas allies whereas so many Palestinians within the occupied territories are nonetheless ready,” Sanders tweeted.
Because the occupying energy, Israel is chargeable for the well being of all of the folks beneath its management. It’s outrageous that Netanyahu would use spare vaccines to reward his overseas allies whereas so many Palestinians within the occupied territories are nonetheless ready. https://t.co/kx4qFPtRQl
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 24, 2021
Israel’s determination to ship out surplus Covid-19 vaccines has been rumored for days, earlier than it was acknowledged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. The Israeli chief confirmed that he had personally determined to share a symbolic quantity of vaccines with pleasant international locations, overtly admitting the political nature of the transfer.
The handout has been completed “in return for issues we have now already obtained, via many contacts in varied areas that I cannot element right here,” Netanyahu mentioned with out offering additional particulars.
I believe it completely buys goodwill.
Whereas Netanyahu didn’t identify the international locations that obtained the vaccines, native media reported the checklist of recipients contains 15 international locations that obtained round 100,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine. The checklist contains international locations reminiscent of Honduras, Guatemala, Hungary, Uganda, and the Czech Republic – these which have ultimately supported Israel’s declare on Jerusalem because the capital.
Israel has launched one of many largest mass vaccination campaigns on this planet, already giving them to 45 p.c of its inhabitants of 9 million.
The marketing campaign has been criticized by Palestinian officers and human rights teams for refusing to increase the document immunization drive into occupied territories within the West Financial institution and Gaza. Tel Aviv lastly expanded its program to Palestinians in mid-February – however solely to those that have a authorized allow to work in Israel.
The vaccination of Palestinians is the duty of the Palestinian Authority, Israel has claimed, citing the interim peace agreements from the Nineties, the Oslo Accords. Israeli officers have mentioned surplus vaccines could be shared with the Palestinians when native demand is met.
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