This Israel vaccine nonsense.

1) The Oslo Accords provide that the PA is responsible for medical care in Gaza/WB
2) The PA did not ask Israel to procure vaccine for it and insisted it would procure it independently
3) Israel has not hindered them from doing so
The same folks who insist that Palestine is a state that should be a member of the UN and the ICC has jurisdiction over also seem to think Israel should be ignoring the PA's treaty-given rights and responsibilities. Because why not
Israel is rapidly vaccinating its ENTIRE population, Jews and non-Jews alike. It is not responsible for the vaccination of the population in Gaza or the West Bank, legally or morally. It *is* good epidemiology, given how intertwined the polities are, to help anyway
But (1) the primary responsibility is to Israeli citizens and residents; and (2) it can only do what it is invited to.

This isn't complicated, and the contrary view is just a modern version of the blood libel/"chosen"/Jew-as-plague-carrier antisemitic garbage
It's not insightful, it's not moral, it's not "opposing apartheid" - it's bigoted, evil, and wrong.

Stop it.

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