News By/Courtesy: Aakash Raj | 12 Jan 2021 16:35pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Population disparity
  • the vaccination race
  • moral obligation of facilitating the vaccine

The Israeli progress in rolling out its vaccine policy has made much of it. Israel reports that it will vaccinate all its residents before April, however, the fact that Palestinians do not have access to the Israeli-procured vaccine has raised many questions. Is that an uproar here? Will it be clarified? Have the Israelis failed to supply the Palestinians with the jab? Did the Palestinians need help? Does Israel have a duty to honor legal and moral obligations? Israel is promised by the end of March to vaccinate the whole population above the age of 16. Arab Israelis are as eligible as Jewish Israelis and include any Israeli resident, whether Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or of no religion at all. but, surprisingly, this vaccination program does not include the West Bank or Gaza. The Palestinian Authority partially administers the West Bank. It is "partly" because it is separated into three areas that are under Israel's civil or military authority to different degrees. While the Palestinian faction, Hamas, administers Gaza. Israel, which withdrawn or disengaged in 2005, from Gaza is not literally occupied that area. Israel, however, retains external control of access to the strip and partial control of life within it. Organizations for human rights and other bodies (the United Nations, International Court of Justice, the International Committee of the Red Cross) say that this is an "occupation". As an occupying force, Israel is responsible for supplying healthcare to the people of the occupied territory, according to the 4th Geneva Convention. But the Oslo Peace Accords of the 1990s between Israel and the Palestinians granted responsibility for health care to the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas in Gaza. This scenario engages the most prominent question that is the root cause of clashes between Israelis and Palestine. Did the Geneva Convention circumvent the Oslo Accords? Oslo was only ever intended to be provisional - a roadmap alongside Israel towards a stable Palestinian state. Yet this has been irreversible. The Palestinian Authority functions under a structure called the State of Palestine, but it is not officially a government. There is, beyond doubt, a power disparity that ensures that the occupation of Israel is more detrimental to the Palestinians than any other thing. But that fact does not prevent the deterioration of Palestinian corruption, ineptitude, and stubbornness. So, what about the legal stance of Israel towards the vaccine? The rate of infection among Palestinians is soaring as it is among the Israelis. Since Israel is far more likely to procure and distribute the vaccine, can they not support their neighbors? Provided that certain Palestinians (those with Israeli work permits) move in and out of the West Bank, it is definitely in the Israelis’ interest. Outrage by civil rights groups has arisen. Amnesty International: There could not be a better example of how Israeli lives are treated above Palestinian lives. It is unquestionably the case that Israeli lives are preferred above Palestinian lives in many parts of this long and often-forgotten conflict. Dr. Ali Abed Rabbo, Director of Preventive Health at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, stated that as an occupying power if he thinks Israel is obligated to provide the vaccine that Israel is committed to supplying the vaccine to the Palestinian population because it is the occupying force. However, The Palestinian Director-General for Public Health, Dr. Yasser Bozia, went on to state that they have not demanded any vaccine from Israel. The procurement and roll-out of the COVID vaccine and all other vaccines is our responsibility and essentially that was the case for years. The international community must consider Israel responsible and advise Israel, as an occupying force, to comply with its commitments under international law and to make vaccinations available without prejudice to the protected population wholly. Nevertheless, this situation conveniently reminds us, too, that it is so long overdue to address the Israel-Palestine tale. 

 

This Article Does Not Intend To Hurt The Sentiments Of Any Individual Community, Sect, Or Religion Etcetera. This Article Is Based Purely On The Authors Personal Views And Opinions In The Exercise Of The Fundamental Right Guaranteed Under Article 19(1)(A) And Other Related Laws Being Force In India, For The Time Being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 13 Jan 2021 9:45am IST


Tags : #IsraelPalestineClash #WestBank #Gaza

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