MSNBC: While Americans tune in to watch the unusually engaging impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump for inciting violent mobs, across the Atlantic, another world leader faces ongoing criminal allegations.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health received 10,000 doses of "Sputnik V" COVID-19 vaccine, developed in Russia, today. pic.twitter.com/ljZdoeI6Mx
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) February 4, 2021
After being indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now facing corruption charges, this time against the backdrop of his staggering mishandling of a pandemic.
Sound familiar? Well, there’s more.
In the U.S., members of the Philadelphia City Council expressed their concerns last week after new data showed that white residents in the City of Brotherly Love are receiving the Covid-19 vaccination at a rate of three times that of Black residents. Similar reports issued from state and city boards of health around the country indicate that nationwide, the norm is that Black people are being vaccinated at “dramatically lower rates” than white people. Like the virus itself, the coronavirus vaccination rollout highlights a stark racial disparity.
While Israel outpaces the world with its successful vaccine rollout, health experts and Palestinian doctors told @NBCNews that relief for Palestinians has come far later, widening the inequality that began long before the pandemic. https://t.co/7LrwMQ7BTY
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 10, 2021
The same glaring inequality is playing out with another group of marginalized people: Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
In the West Bank, Palestinians like my relatives have their freedom of movement — and therefore their freedom to even dream of having a better life — dependent upon Netanyahu and his administration. In Gaza, the Netanyahu administration controls what is allowed in and out of “the world’s largest open-air prison” for the 2 million Palestinians living there. This includes Covid-19 vaccines.
US COVID death rate at 2.64%
Palestinians have been hit hard by the coronavirus. As United Nation’s human rights experts recently explained, “The Covid-19 pandemic has been ravaging the West Bank and Gaza in recent months, and has fractured an already badly under-resourced Palestinian health care system.” The latest data from the World Health Organization indicates that in the Palestinian territories there have seen more than 180,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and a fatality rate of 1.1 percent. That’s far higher than the 0.7 percent fatality rate reported in Israel. (this death rate information is totally fake) read more…