The BDS Movement media supporters were quick off the mark after it was announced that Israel was leading the world with our efficient mass vaccination program.
Instead of investigating and reporting on the reasons why we have been more efficient than other advanced nations they chose instead to put the needle into us.
The Associated Press bleated, “Palestinian left waiting as Israel is set to deploy COVID-19 vaccine.”
In Britain, The Observer sneakily complained, “Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout as jabs go to settlers.”
It didn’t occur to them that “settlers” are Israeli citizens and are, therefore, entitled to the same treatment as any other citizen, and the Palestinians are not and have insisted that the Palestinian Authority is the sole authority over their health issues. Neither do they pay membership to any of Israel’s health funds that are administering vaccines to their members.
Or maybe they were aware of it but decided to headline their nasty bias anyway.
It was strange to see The Guardian, in a cheap shot against Israel, admit in a news article that read more like an opinion piece, that the Palestinian Authority hadn’t even asked for help from Israel.
As Liat Collins remarked in her Jerusalem Post column, “Demanding Israel vaccinate all Palestinians living under PA or Hamas rule makes as much sense as expecting India to mass immunize Pakistanis or the US to vaccinate Mexicans and perhaps Cubans for good measure.”
The Palestinian leadership insisted that they were to be totally independent from Israel in all matters, including health issues
They are fully sponsored by a multitude of global organizations, the United Nations, and individually by many of the world’s leading nations and charities.
They have the money and the health ministry to administer to their people. But they haven’t. The money has disappeared into other causes and pockets. That is the question that should be asked. Where did all that money disappear?
Palestinian leaders know where to go for their personal health issues. Even as they denounce Israel as a racist oppressor, and deny their people essential treatments, even for a pandemic, they rush to Israel’s hospital’s for their own problems.
Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh and his family have all been treated in Israel by Jewish and Arab doctors and nurses even as he incites his followers to destroy the Jewish State. Another was Saeb Erekat, the PA’s international propagandist of anti-Israel hate, who went into an Israeli hospital as a failed last resort.
Actually, there are Palestinians who are being vaccine by Israel. They are the Arab residents of Jerusalem who, though they do not hold Israeli citizenship, are vaccinated as paid up members of one of Israeli’s health clinics.
Talking about prisons, even Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including those imprisoned on terrorism charges, are being vaccinated even as they are richly rewarded by the PA for their acts of terror and murder against the Israeli taxpayers who are paying for their vaccinations.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, always active in highlighting anti-Semitism, wrote that “Anti-Semites have blamed Jews for the medieval Black Plaque to the Spanish flu during World War One.”
The vaccine lie is simply a contemporary version of past acts of poisonous Jew-hating poorly disguised as a cultural crime by Jews against others.
These straight forward facts should put to rest the recent weaponization of vaccines to stab Israel.
Barry Shaw, International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. Author of the book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’