Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Support for truth and Israel from John Hopkins School of Public Health

 I received this email message from John Hopkins School of Public Health and wish to bring it to your attention.

Dear Barry,

At the end of January, we wrote to you about Global Health Now, the daily newsletter of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which had outrageously printed a letter-to-the-editor that charged Israel with “Vaccine Apartheid” for allegedly withholding vaccines from Palestinians because of their ethnicity.
Of course, the charge, which we have seen in multiple publications, is false. Israel has not withheld the vaccine from Palestinians. The Oslo Accords assign the responsibility for vaccinating Palestinians to the Palestinian Authority, and the PA Health Ministry stated in December that, “we are working on our own to obtain the vaccine from a number of sources. We are not a department in the Israeli Defense Ministry. We have our own government and Ministry of Health, and they are making huge efforts to get the vaccine.”

Thanks to your persistence, Global Health Now has printed a responsive letter by Bob Pollack, explaining to readers, in part, that:
Based on the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PA, the PA has always had total responsibility for all vaccination programs for its own people. The true “Other Side of the Story” is that Israel has been enormously successful in inoculating ALL of its citizens—Jews, Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Druze, Ethiopians, etc., and even Palestinian prisoners in its jails.

Please share widely.

Barry Shaw,
International Public Diplomacy Director,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

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