The United Nations (UN) experts on human rights called on Israel to guarantee equal access to Vaccine antiCoronavirus for Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
« UN human rights experts call on Israel, the occupying power, to guarantee prompt and equitable access to Vaccines against him Covid-19 for the Palestinian people under occupation, « says the statement posted on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh).
The note indicates that Israel has already provided the Vaccine to Palestinians with East Jerusalem resident status, although it does not guarantee that Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip will receive the Vaccine in the near future.
According to the statement, UN experts are concerned about « the deterioration of the health situation in Gaza, which suffers from a 13-year blockade, severe water and electricity shortages, and endemic poverty and unemployment. »
The statement also indicates that the supply of Vaccines ordered by the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, it could be limited for several weeks because of the conflict between the two countries.
« This means that more than 4.5 million Palestinians will remain unprotected and exposed to the Covid-19while Israeli citizens living near and among themselves, the Israeli settler population, will be Vaccinetwo « , adds the text.
The experts also called on the Palestinian Authority and the de facto Administration in Gaza to cooperate with Israel in implementing a comprehensive program of Vaccinetion for the Palestinians in the occupied territory.
« Only thanks to the continuous efforts of all authorities … the prospect of ending the pandemic will be possible, » the statement concluded.
In 1967, during the so-called Six Day War, Israel occupied the territories of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which according to international law belong to the Palestinians.
The Palestinians insist that future borders between the two sovereign states be drawn along pre-1967 lines and admit an exchange of territories, hoping to create their state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with the capital in East Jerusalem.
Israel refuses to reestablish the 1967 borders and even more so to share Jerusalem with the Palestinians, which it proclaimed as its « eternal and indivisible » capital.
Another obstacle to peace is the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank.
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