American senator slams Israeli Occupation vaccine policies, says 'Palestinians still waiting'


Published: 2021-02-25 15:21

Last Updated: 2021-10-18 23:51

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Bernie Sanders. Source: NPR Illinois
Bernie Sanders. Source: NPR Illinois

American Senator Bernie Sanders Wednesday slammed the Israeli Occupation for its mishandling of coronavirus vaccines.

"As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for the health of all the people under its control. It is outrageous that Netanyahu would use spare vaccines to reward his foreign allies while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting," wrote Sanders on Twitter.

According to a New York Times report, the Israeli Occupation has promised vaccines to the Czech Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, and Hungary this week. All four countries have diplomatic offices, embassies, or consulates in Occupied Jerusalem.

Reports say Kenya, Uganda, and Italy may also be sent jabs.

Notably, the Occupation also agreed to fund $1.2 million in vaccines for Syria in exchange for an Israeli Occupation resident imprisoned in Damascus in a secret deal published earlier this week.

But Palestinians, who the Israeli Occupation has a legal responsibility to vaccinate under the Oslo Accords, have yet to be sent any significant amount of vaccines. The Occupation sent 5,000 jabs to the PA in early February to vaccinate medical workers, but many deemed the move largely performative, given the West Bank's population of two million.

The Occupation also refused to allow PA-bought vaccines into besieged Gaza last week, until international pressure forced Occupation authorities to allow their entrance.

The Israeli Occupation is considered the leader of the global vaccine race after vaccinating over half its population in three months. 

Also read: Palestine fighting for vaccine a 'violation' of Israeli Occupation responsibility