Israel is way ahead of the International curve when it comes to vaccinating against COVID-19. But the Jewish state’s critics simply can’t stand her winning any kind of accolades, and so they searched hard for a negative angle. They finally landed on “health apartheid.”
What they mean, of course, is that Israel gave preference to its Jewish population when it came to doling out vaccine doses. Even the popular comedy skit program Saturday Night Live repeated the shameful assertion.
On Tuesday, representative of Iran, Qatar and the Palestinian Authority appeared before the UN Human Rights Council touting the same accusation in a transparent attempt to elicit yet another condemnation of Israel by the world body.
But Israeli Arab social activist Yoseph Haddad was there to shut them down.
Speaking on behalf of UN Watch, Haddad told the council:
“Accusations have been made against Israel that its vaccination program is racist, and that is not true. Like me, my family, friends and hundreds of thousands of other Israeli Arabs have been vaccinated.
“The State of Israel is campaigning in Arabic to encourage us Israeli Arabs to get vaccinated and Israel’s Magen David Adom National Rescue Organization, which consists of Jews and Arabs, works directly with Arab communities to vaccinate its residents.”
As is typical in the region, Haddad said the false accusation by Iran and the Palestinians was just another effort to distract from their own failures and corruption.
As for the Palestinian Arabs, Haddad explained that even though Israel is “not obliged to vaccinate them under the Oslo Accords, we are helping. Israel, and not the Palestinian Authority, has vaccinated thousands of Palestinians. And while the Palestinian Authority used vaccines to vaccinate only its associates, it was Israel that established vaccine centers for Palestinians.”
Israel has vaccinated over 50,000 people in the first week of its operation to inoculate workers from the PA who work in Israel. Some 120,000 PA Arabs will be vaccinated by Israeli medical teams with Moderna vaccines, which have been allocated by the state, at eight different locations throughout Judea and Samaria.
After being one of the first media outlets to smear Israel in this regard, the BBC also finally reached the conclusion that Israel was under no legal obligation to vaccinate the Palestinian Arabs.
In conclusion, Haddad emphasized:
“I am proud to be an Arab and I am proud to be an Israeli because Israel cares for all its citizens and even for others. If the rest of the world would have taken an example from Israel instead of distracting from their failures by attacking Israel, we would already be living in a different reality.”
See our previous interview with Yoseph Haddad: Arabs Fighting for Israel
With reporting by TPS