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Absurd accusations against Israel in connection with the Corona crisis abound on social media and in the news media. The false accusations are that Israel, which is a world leader in vaccinating its inhabitants against Corona, does not vaccinate the Palestinians. In the world and in Denmark, the news media have also jumped on the bandwagon.

Here are a few examples of Danish rewriting of reality
On December 29, 2020, Berlingske Tidende claimed that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons would not be offered Corona vaccine – read HERE. After the Israeli embassy in Denmark drew attention to the factual errors in the article, Berlingske chose to correct it – see the Israeli ambassador’s Facebook post below:

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On January 4, Danish experts in the newspaper BT (read more HERE) were asked for an explanation of why Denmark, unlike Israel, lags far behind in the vaccination program (at the time of writing, about 63,000 Danes have been vaccinated. 1.5 million Israelis have been vaccinated). Also read MIFF’s article; What is it that Israel can do that the EU and Denmark cannot do?

Flemming Konradsen, who is a professor of global health at the University of Copenhagen, explained, among other things, Israel’s vaccine success as follows; Israel is a very ‘well-organized country’ and added: – Before we become overly praiseworthy, it should be emphasized that the Israeli state does not want to ensure that the vaccines are offered to the many Palestinians living in the occupied territories. They only offer the vaccine to the residents of the Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

The truth is that PA does NOT want Israel’s help
The same false claim was also spread in English-language newspapers – for example in The Guardian – read more HERE. First, far down in the newspaper article, it read that: “Despite the delay, [the Palestinian] authorities (PA) have not asked for help from Israel. “Coordination between the two sides was halted last year after Palestinian President [Mahmoud Abbas] suspended security cooperation for several months.” Read MIFF’s article about it HERE.

The truth is that the PA would NOT talk to Israel when they ordered Corona vaccines, nor would the PA coordinate the complex roll-out of the vaccine program with Israel.

In addition, it should be emphasized that these are not occupied territories :

Israel inherited the borders of the mandate under international law
The universal rule for determining the boundaries of new states, uti possdetis juris dictates that they are established with the administrative boundaries of the former administrative authority. Prior to Israel, the Mandate of Palestine was created by the Nations League and administered by Britain. As the only state to come out of the mandate in 1948, international law dictates that Israel inherited the administrative boundaries of the mandate. This principle provides that the territory in question has been under Israeli sovereignty since the independence of the state, it also applied during Jordan’s occupation of the territory between 1948 and 1967. While the territory is politically disputed, the legal principle is completely clear. The term “annexation” is fundamentally misunderstood. Read more here.

The principle of a new state inheriting borders from the last supreme administrative authority has been applied universally after the independence of new states, including states in Asia, Africa, South America and the former Soviet Union.
. The only exception now seems to be with regard to the creation of Israel. The principle was established last November after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear that Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) do not violate international law. Read MIFF’s article USA: – Israeli settlements are not in violation of international law.

PA must bear responsibility for not wanting to cooperate with Israel
For some time ago an NGO claimed, according to the Jerusalem Post (read more HERE) that Israel is not helping the Palestinians adequately in the fight against Corona. In response, in May 2020, the Israeli government presented to the Supreme Court a long list of measures that Israel had implemented to help the Palestinians stop the Corona infection. Israel has, among other things, held courses for Palestinian health personnel and laboratory technicians and provided Corona tests. Following this, the PA decided to stop all cooperation with Israel, which is why the Corona cooperation also stopped. Since the PA is responsible for the Palestinian people living in the areas for which they are responsible, the PA must also take responsibility for the consequences of stopping cooperation with Israel.

In December, Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein told the New York Times that Israel wants to help prevent the spread of corona among the Palestinians and that he has no “doubt that it will happen.” >
A few weeks ago, Khaled Abu Toameh wrote in the Jerusalem Post that: – The Palestinians do not expect Israel to sell them the vaccines or that Israel buys the vaccine on their behalf… the Palestinians will soon receive around four million. doses of the Russian Corona vaccine. The PA, with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO), has managed to secure the vaccine from other sources.

PA expects to receive the Sputnik V and AstraZeneca vaccines by February. It is comparable to neighboring countries in the region, including countries with larger Palestinian populations such as Lebanon and Jordan, which have not carried out vaccination operations, and many other poor countries that also participate in the WHO’s vaccine assistance program. In addition, the Jerusalem Post was able to report on January 6 that Israel has transferred some doses of the vaccines to PA – read more HERE.

PA responsible for vaccine program under the Oslo Accords
The Oslo Accords were interim agreements – ie not final peace agreements, but are considered internationally legally binding agreements between Israel and the Palestinians – read MIFF’s articles about the Oslo agreements HERE. Under the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for health care – including vaccinations for Palestinians in Judea, Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza. The PA has had that responsibility for about 30 years, something their journalists who like to quote the terrorist group Hamas’ Ministry of Health (Hamas has had control of Gaza since 2007) for false allegations about Israel’s damage also know.

Israel already vaccinates Palestinians
Israel vaccinates Palestinians in East Jerusalem. They are not Israeli citizens, they are citizens, according to the Oslo Accords, Israel is responsible for their health services. Palestinians over the age of 60 or those with a chronic illness can be vaccinated in Israeli vaccine clinics close to their homes. Israel also plans to vaccinate even more Palestinians incarcerated in Israeli prisons. From day one, Israel’s vaccine program has been running in the country’s predominantly Arab areas. Concerned that Israeli Arabs would not be vaccinated, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited two Arab cities to promote vaccination.

Israel does not discriminate in the vaccine program
There is NO ethnic or religious discrimination in Israel’s vaccine program, on the contrary, the Israeli government encourages all the country’s different minorities – Muslims, Druze, Bedouins, Tjerkessers, Samaritans, Christians and others
. The only exception now seems to be with regard to the creation of Israel. The principle was established last November after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear that Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) do not violate international law. Read MIFF’s article USA: – Israeli settlements are not in violation of international law.

PA must bear responsibility for not wanting to cooperate with Israel
For some time ago an NGO claimed, according to the Jerusalem Post (read more HERE) that Israel is not helping the Palestinians adequately in the fight against Corona. In response, in May 2020, the Israeli government presented to the Supreme Court a long list of measures that Israel had implemented to help the Palestinians stop the Corona infection. Israel has, among other things, held courses for Palestinian health personnel and laboratory technicians and provided Corona tests. Following this, the PA decided to stop all cooperation with Israel, which is why the Corona cooperation also stopped. Since the PA is responsible for the Palestinian people living in the areas for which they are responsible, the PA must also take responsibility for the consequences of stopping cooperation with Israel.

In December, Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein told the New York Times that Israel wants to help prevent the spread of corona among the Palestinians and that he has no “doubt that it will happen.” >
A few weeks ago, Khaled Abu Toameh wrote in the Jerusalem Post that: – The Palestinians do not expect Israel to sell them the vaccines or that Israel buys the vaccine on their behalf… the Palestinians will soon receive around four million. doses of the Russian Corona vaccine. The PA, with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO), has managed to secure the vaccine from other sources.

PA expects to receive the Sputnik V and AstraZeneca vaccines by February. It is comparable to neighboring countries in the region, including countries with larger Palestinian populations such as Lebanon and Jordan, which have not carried out vaccination operations, and many other poor countries that also participate in the WHO’s vaccine assistance program. In addition, the Jerusalem Post was able to report on January 6 that Israel has transferred some doses of the vaccines to PA – read more HERE.

PA responsible for vaccine program under the Oslo Accords
The Oslo Accords were interim agreements – ie not final peace agreements, but are considered internationally legally binding agreements between Israel and the Palestinians – read MIFF’s articles about the Oslo agreements HERE. Under the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for health care – including vaccinations for Palestinians in Judea, Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza. The PA has had that responsibility for about 30 years, something their journalists who like to quote the terrorist group Hamas’ Ministry of Health (Hamas has had control of Gaza since 2007) for false allegations about Israel’s damage also know.

Israel already vaccinates Palestinians
Israel vaccinates Palestinians in East Jerusalem. They are not Israeli citizens, they are citizens, according to the Oslo Accords, Israel is responsible for their health services. Palestinians over the age of 60 or those with a chronic illness can be vaccinated in Israeli vaccine clinics close to their homes. Israel also plans to vaccinate even more Palestinians incarcerated in Israeli prisons. From day one, Israel’s vaccine program has been running in the country’s predominantly Arab areas. Concerned that Israeli Arabs would not be vaccinated, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited two Arab cities to promote vaccination.

Israel does not discriminate in the vaccine program
There is NO ethnic or religious discrimination in Israel’s vaccine program, on the contrary, the Israeli government encourages all the country’s different minorities – Muslims, Druze, Bedouins, Tjerkessers, Samaritans, Christians and others

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