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Bold Racism: “Israel” Delays Vaccination of Palestinian Prisoners

Bold Racism: “Israel” Delays Vaccination of Palestinian Prisoners
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By Staff, Agencies 

Human Rights groups warned that “The order by “Israeli” Public Security Minister Amir Ohana to withhold Covid-19 vaccines from Palestinian prisoners was discriminatory and contradicted the guidelines of the country’s own Health Ministry.”

Ohana told “Israeli” prison officials to hold off administering jabs to Palestinian inmates until further notice, and provide the vaccine only to prison staff. 

The order came after a high-ranking Palestinian official dealing with prisoner affairs, Qadri Abu Bakr, announced that voluntary vaccination of those held in “Israeli” prisons will kick off “in the coming days.”

On Sunday, Human Rights groups decried the move by the “Israeli” authorities as “politically motivated” and called for the transfer of responsibility for the wellbeing of Palestinian inmates from the Public Security Ministry to “a body whose first priority is health.”

“The minister’s directive contradicts the vaccination guidelines that the Health Ministry issued,” the group pointed out, adding that the inmates should be given “high priority for vaccinations” due to high risk of disease transmission. 

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, said that by postponing the vaccination ““Israel” is pursuing its racist policies and it has turned the pandemic into a tool of oppression and abuse against Palestinian prisoners.”

Overcrowding and poor conditions at “Israeli” prisons have led to around 140 out of some 4,400 Palestinian inmates being diagnosed with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to Palestinian Wafa news agency.