Jews-only vaccination: International campaign against Israel’s medical apartheid

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- An online campaign swept social media platforms in protest against the Israeli medical apartheid and discriminatory vaccine distribution policy, which excluded Palestinians under occupation from vaccination.

Mustafa Barghouti, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), said an online petition has been launched in order to pressure the occupation state to end its discriminatory vaccine distribution.

“An international signatures campaign was launched under the title Medical Apartheid to demand the immediate provision of safe vaccines for the sons and daughters of Palestine”, Barghouthi said in a statement.

The petition ahs been already signed by dozens of thousands, “including doctors, scientists, thinkers and international artists such as Judith Butler (an American philosopher), Daniel Barenboim (an international musician) and Noam Chomsky (an American thinker and political theorist).”

Thousands of users on Social media platforms echoed the petition’s demands on the hashtag #IsraeliVaccinationApartheid.

The campaign comes as the Israeli Minister of Internal Security, Amir Ohana, reiterated his refusal to provide Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s jails access to coronavirus vaccines.

The Fourth Geneva Convention states that the occupying power must ensure that all the necessary preventive means available to it are utilised to “combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics”.

It also comes after Israel rejected the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) informal request to immediately provide Palestinian medical staff COVID-19 vaccinations.

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