News Analysis Jan 25, 2021 8:20 PM EST

Media falsely accuses Israel of denying vaccines to Palestinians

Many major media outlets have been publishing an unsubstantiated claim that Israel is not allowing Palestinians to receive the vaccine for the coronavirus.

Media falsely accuses Israel of denying vaccines to Palestinians
James Anthony The Post Millennial
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Many major media outlets have been publishing an unsubstantiated claim that Israel is not allowing Palestinians to receive the vaccine for the coronavirus.

Israel, which has been a world leader in vaccinating their population, has been the subject of possibly libelous articles published by various of the world's major news outlets, falsely accusing them of actively preventing Palestinians from getting vaccinated.

According to the Jerusalem Post, there are many instances of this type of article pushing completely unsubstantiated claims. Here are two examples:

"As Israel leads in COVID-19 vaccines per capita, Palestinians still await shots," from NPR and "Palestinians left waiting as Israel is set to deploy COVID-19 vaccine," from the Associated Press.

It appears, however, that the Palestinian government itself has no intention of cooperating or receiving help from Israel:

In an article from The Guardian, maliciously titled "Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout as jabs go to settlers," the truth comes out in the last half:

"Despite the delay, the [Palestinian] Authority has not officially asked for help from Israel. Coordination between the two sides halted last year after the Palestinian president cut off security ties for several months."

Another article in the Jerusalem Post had previously also reported the following:

"The Palestinians do not expect Israel to sell them, or purchase on their behalf, the vaccine from any country... the Palestinians will soon receive nearly four million Russian-made vaccines against COVID-19. The PA, with the help of the World Health Organization, has managed to secure the vaccine from other sources."

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