Medical Apartheid – New Zealand must speak out Demanding Vaccinations for Palestinians

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Yesterday we appealed to the government, via Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta, to speak out and demand Israel abandon its apartheid medical practices and provide Covid 19 vaccinations for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

There are inevitably serious divisions between countries regarding their ability to pay for coronavirus vaccines but the situation in Israel/Palestine is unique.

Israel has proudly touted itself as one of the first countries to begin widespread vaccination of its population but has specifically excluded Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza strip from its vaccination program.

Nine million Israelis are in line to receive the vaccination, but five million Palestinians are being excluded.

This is medical apartheid. It is racist, immoral and inhuman.

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In a terrible irony, Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza are refused vaccination while hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements on Palestinian land are being vaccinated.

Under the Fourth Geneva Convention – which deals with the responsibilities of an occupying power to look after the health and well-being of occupied people – Israel is responsible for the health and well-being of Palestinians living under its military occupation. However, Israel is ignoring these legal and moral responsibilities.

As a signatory to the Fourth Geneva Convention it is New Zealand’s solemn moral and legal responsibility to speak out quickly, strongly and publicly.

Silence is not an option.

44 COMMENTS

  1. Here are the facts according to kiwiblog.

    The Oslo Accords (Article VI, 2) between the Palestinian Authority and Israel stipulate that the Palestinian.
    Authority is responsible for healthcare, including vaccinations, for Palestinians in their territory.
    The Palestinian Authority has not asked for help from Israel.
    Israel last year held training courses for medical teams and lab technicians in Palestine and donated coronavirus testing kits.
    The Palestinian Authority has chosen to secure four million Russian-made vaccines against COVID-19 which they are expecting in February.
    Israel has vaccinated Palestinians who reside in East Jerusalem in line with the Oslo Accords.
    Israel’s vaccine operation has run in predominately Arab areas in Israel.
    The Israeli PM recently visited two Arab cities (in Israel) to encourage more vaccination.

    Both Ghahraman and Minto are trying to imply Israel is excluding the vaccine from Palestinians. Lucky for us only one is in parlament.

  2. Here are the facts according to kiwiblog.

    The Oslo Accords (Article VI, 2) between the Palestinian Authority and Israel stipulate that the Palestinian.
    Authority is responsible for healthcare, including vaccinations, for Palestinians in their territory.
    The Palestinian Authority has not asked for help from Israel.
    Israel last year held training courses for medical teams and lab technicians in Palestine and donated coronavirus testing kits.
    The Palestinian Authority has chosen to secure four million Russian-made vaccines against COVID-19 which they are expecting in February.
    Israel has vaccinated Palestinians who reside in East Jerusalem in line with the Oslo Accords.
    Israel’s vaccine operation has run in predominately Arab areas in Israel.
    The Israeli PM recently visited two Arab cities (in Israel) to encourage more vaccination.

    Both Ghahraman and Minto are trying to imply Israel is excluding the vaccine from Palestinians. Lucky for us only one is in parlament.

    • Hmmmm, I see the Israel apologists are starting to pop up. Predictable really…

      “Authority is responsible for healthcare, including vaccinations, for Palestinians in their territory.”

      Kinda hard to be “responsible for Healthcare” when they, the Palestinians, are illegally occupied. Imagine, DS, if the situation were reversed?

      Indeed, how “responsible” were Jewish leaders in the Polish Warsaw Ghetto during WW2? See, it cuts both ways.

      • As a practical matter, would Palestinians accept any vaccinations from the Israeli government, or would they blankly refuse because of deep-seated suspicions?

        • In complete contravention of the people who live in and around Israel and on total disregard of the long term risks that may come from corona, that’s some of the reasons why people like Minto and I oppose Israeli occupation of Palestine land. And also in the interests of humanity we know Climate Change will accelerate making the need to get things fixed up between Israel and Palestine that much greater.

  3. Here are the facts according to kiwiblog.

    The Oslo Accords (Article VI, 2) between the Palestinian Authority and Israel stipulate that the Palestinian.
    Authority is responsible for healthcare, including vaccinations, for Palestinians in their territory.
    The Palestinian Authority has not asked for help from Israel.
    Israel last year held training courses for medical teams and lab technicians in Palestine and donated coronavirus testing kits.
    The Palestinian Authority has chosen to secure four million Russian-made vaccines against COVID-19 which they are expecting in February.
    Israel has vaccinated Palestinians who reside in East Jerusalem in line with the Oslo Accords.
    Israel’s vaccine operation has run in predominately Arab areas in Israel.
    The Israeli PM recently visited two Arab cities (in Israel) to encourage more vaccination.

    Both Ghahraman and Minto are trying to imply Israel is excluding the vaccine from Palestinians. Lucky for us only one is in parlament.

  4. In the interests of balance and fairness, you should also explain what actions, if any, the Palestinian Authority is taking to address the vaccination issue. Are the PA not responsible for the people they represent?

  5. Good luck with that call John. The only time NZ got upset with the antics of the Zionists was when they tried to purloin a few passports to aid Mossad’s international terror programme. Even when the National Government made a made a moral stand at the the UN with Murray McCully showing a bit of spine, the politicians ran away the moment Israel shook its US wrapped fist. All Netanyahu had to do was shriek that sponsoring the resolution condemning Israel’s Palestine settlements would be an ‘act of war’. Subsequently, Ball-less Brownlee didn’t just kick the can down the road in obeisance, he blocked his nose, picked it up with a long handled litter lifter and dropped it into a very deep hole. So far, the current government has demurred on even commenting on the most egregious violations of human rights abuses committed by the Israeli Government. Why would we expect anything more substantial than a quiet sigh and shrug of the shoulders over this later atrocity? Besides, any sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians that may spur on Namaia Mahuta to hold the Israeli Government to account will be negated by the PM. It isn’t so long ago that Ardern undid her Minister’s proposed diplomatic strategies and engagement with China by supporting the pathetic whining of ‘Scotty from Marketing’ when he was trumped by a lowly Chinese official, Lijian Zhou, who highlighted the murder of Afghanis by Australian troops. Closer to home, we also have the example of the Government’s disrespect human rights. There has been no fallout over the Waikeria 16 being deprivation of food and water, that was further exacerbated by violent Police intimidation with use of firearms.

  6. Under the Oslo Accords, the PA are responsible for their own health services. They have never requested vaccines from Israel and are apparently buying their own from Russia. The accusation that Israel is withholding vaccines from Palestinians is an evil lie. Using Evans’ disgusting cartoon as your header is very revealing of your mindset. The Nazis tried to link Jews with disease. It was one of their favoured propaganda ploys.

    • It is hard to decide which is worse on this thread – wild conspiracy theory spreaders or Zionist apologists and human rights denialists.

  7. Pretty sure New Zealand is nowhere near the Middle East.

    Socialists and Socialist Governments (like the 3rd Reich) have hated the Jews throughout history. Why not focus of helping Kiwi detainees on Christmas Island?

    Classic socialist mantra; ‘zionism! zionism! zionism! zionism!’ – sooo boring, so fixated, sooo neurotic. Socialists LOVE to geo-politically virtue signal, ironically as their own countries burn/decline.

    • NEwS FLasH: All socialism is the same as the Nazis!

      including:
      All kinds of Anarchism and Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Jewish socialism? hmmm. Good to know. Imagine being a Jewish Nazi. Now that would take some braynewhork.

      • Classic socialist, putting words in people’s mouths. Alluding to Christianity and Judaism as being socialist, well, that’s a bit demented.. saying a religion is a political ideology is demented in general, IMO.

        Now go chant your Zionism Mantra 500 times in the mirror, while standing on you head, as you embrace 1984 ‘new speak’.

        • Read the information in the link you provided carefully, then make an intelligent comment. You have already been told how the information is distorted by excluding the bulk of the Palestinians that Israel is not providing vaccine for as is required of an occupier. (See comment by Pukahu Road below).

          • Apologies – this was attached to the wrong comment. Now appears in response to Gaby, the serial user of Zionist propaganda links.

        • It seems you were so carried away with your attempt to affect political intelligence you failed to notice the irony of your original comment. No wonder you failed to notice the piss-take reply your verbal rambling deservedly attracted. To compound that with your juvenile response is classic. It must be time for a Zionist hasbara refresher course Zack.

    • Hey Zack – don’t try that line about socialists on the Israel Institute of NZ site. One of their heroes is Peter Fraser, the PM who in 1940 drove NZ’s role in the establishment of the State of Israel (https://israelinstitute.nz/2020/04/new-zealands-exuberant-zionist-labour-prime-minister). This of course was when NZ was a avowed socialist country. Unfortunately, his name is tied, as a hero, to Arthur Balfour, Lloyd George, Jans Smuts and Winston Churchill. This group is renowned for including persons who gifted someone else’s land to the Zionist founders of Israel, an architect of apartheid in South Africa and an undisputed racist who fomented untold deaths and atrocities in his commitment to Empire .

    • Zack Brando must be one of the few fools in the world to not know the political system of Nazi Germany was fascism.

      Fascists who falsely used the name socialists ,,,, because socialism was popular with German voters ,, the pretense was dropped very quickly once the deception had served its purpose.

      **********************************************************************
      All modern 1st world developed countries apart from the usa have public health systems which is socialism and there is no connection with “hating jews “…. All developed countries including the usa has free to use police forces and fire brigades ,, which is also socialism.

      Bad forms of Usa and Nato socialism kills Arabs , Slavs and Asians while burning and destroying their countries ,,,, because all those bombs weapons, bullets and Nukes are paid for with public / Govt money , ie socialism.

      The usa form of socialism ,,, where their citizens pay tax and for their money get bombs and weaponry instead of public health for instance ,,,, is responsible for killing millions around the world , and at least hundreds of thousands in their own country.

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      Israel ,,, apart from large detention camps, https://youtu.be/KrgG-0UQ3vY ,has nothing to do with kiwis banged up by Aussies in Naru.

      Israel is different …
      https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/05/15/fifteen-thoughts-about-israel/
      7. Israel is very dangerous and completely unsustainable, but its interests are aggressively promoted by powerful plutocrats and lobby groups. It’s like if fracking was a place.

      8. A nation that can’t exist without nonstop war and violence is like a house that can’t stand without nonstop construction work. If your house needs a large construction team working around the clock seven days a week to keep it from collapsing, you should probably either move or consider a new architectural design.

      9. A nation that can’t exist without nonstop war and violence is not a nation at all, it’s a decades-long military operation with a few suburbs sprinkled on top. And that is exactly how Israel has functioned since its creation: as a nonstop disruption campaign that the post-World War Two western victors dropped on top of the Middle East just as humanity hit new heights of oil dependence. …..” … “today we have Israel leading the charge in the western empire’s regime change agendas against Iran and Syria”

      • Again, classic socialist handbook. Every time socialism fails – which as a mass government movement is always. Socialists just say, “sorry that’s not socialism, that’s fascism”.

        People on here are shockingly rude, and full of hatred towards both Jews and Christians. Everybody knows it’s true.

        you’re getting close to antisemitism with this post.

        • Your weird ill-informed ramblings in the face of clear explanations of why you comments are your deluded have crossed you over the line into the fuckwit category. Needing to bluntly explain this in the face of your repeatedly regurgitating the same nonsense is why you think, “People on here are shockingly rude….”
          As for your the anti-semitism slur – go away! The people you indiscriminately label with the first thing that comes to mind are neither pro-Zionist (political) nor anti-Jew (religious). Learn what the difference is please.

        • Yeah sure Zack ,,,, ‘everyone’ in your stupid head knows it’s true.

          Every Zack Brando ‘knows’ WWII was not a fight against German, Italian and Japanese fascism ,,,

          I would advise Zack to go learn about ‘mixed market economies’ ,,, but it’d be like advising my dog to go learn about engineering.

          • WOW what a disgusting commemt. Maybe you should read The Road to Serfdom. Even.. The Wealth of Nations.

            I actually had respect for The Daily Blog, but his has been an eye opening experience.

            Do you compare Jewish people to dogs as well?

            • What inspired your statement, asking about comparisons between Jewish people and dogs? It is obviously not fuelled by anything that appears in previous comments and definitely has no relevance to anything written by ‘reason’. What is your reason for attempting to ascribe antisemitism where there obviously is none? In all seriousness, it is time for some serious introspection on your part.

              • I love animals including doggies. However, being called/compared to a ‘Dog’ is very offensive to Christians.

                The Bible compares people to dogs; ONLY in very negative terms. The word ‘Dog’ is also ‘God’ spelt backwards and has been used to disparage Christians.

                Also on the fringe, names/terms like, Snoop Dogg, “waz up Dog” .. are a bit; Anton LaVey-ish. Don’t get me wrong – love me some Snoop Dogg.

                So wanted to know, if it’s alright to compare me to a Dog – does he feel it’s alright to compare others the same way?

                I try not to personally attack people and I know I can push the envelope.. so yeah, it’s a shame people on here are operate at Facebook frequency.

                • You really should do whatever it takes to deal with your paranoia or whatever else is ailing you. The commenter ‘reason’ said, “I would advise Zack to go learn about ‘mixed market economies’ ,,, but it’d be like advising my dog to go learn about engineering.” So who called you a dog and where is any Jewish person compared to a dog? Even Gaby is more coherent.

                • hahahahaha ,,, backwards alright.

                  If you read out loud the words and comments I wrote backwards ,,, it may sound like ,,, ” oh sweet Satan I worship you ,,, kill all jews and christians ,,, save my dear dogs soul.” 😉 😉

                  If I were to say to most people that for arguments sake red blood cells represent socialism and white blood cells represent capitalism ,, and then asked what sort of blood they would like circulating in them ,,, most people would say mixed thanks.

                  Zack would say just white blood cells please ,,, a bit of socialism would kill me. And I’d become a anti-Semite.

  8. Article 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention specifically provides that “an occupier has the duty of ensuring the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics”. If five million Palestinians are not vaccinated how will Israel achieve herd immunity?. A lack of rational thinking seems to haunt every step of this pandemic.

  9. When are we going to see vaccinations in NZ?

    It seems the baddy Israelis are not vaccinating Palestinians – do you think if the tables were turned the Jews would be vaccinated by Arabs? Hmmmm ….

    • Yes, I think the Palestinians would vaccinate everyone, even the so-called West Bank ‘settlers’, colonists really.
      For a lesson in humanity, why not read I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish

      Actually there is much that one could read. Professor Mazim Qumsiyeh ends each of his blogs on his human rights newsletter ,with the praise, “Stay Human and keep Palestine Alive”

      We’ve been fortunate to visit Mazim and his wife Jesse , in Beit Sahour.
      Good people!

  10. NZ, like Australia, Japan and Taiwan has the luxury of waiting to see how the various vaccines perform and what the risks are. There is need to rush unless there is a serious community outbreak.

    Given the almost two millennia history of amicable relations between Arabs and Jews, one would expect the latter would be vaccinated. The more recent confounding factor is Zionism and the alienation and slow genocide of Palestinians. This is now seemingly being abetted by opportunist non-occupied Arab states (https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/uae-plotting-israel-against-palestinian-refugees).

  11. Ok. Reading many of the comments above has proven the presence of a compelling argument for compulsory sterilisation of most of you. It’s @ John Minto who’s caring and brave enough to open himself up to a howling gale of indignation against himself who dares to point out the sickly, greedy bullies behind the parasitic spreading of zionism throughout the middle east and indeed across the planet. And certainly, not vaccinating Palestinians can be seen as a terror attack heaped upon their invasion of the place.
    Do his cowardly detractors here dare to do the same?
    There will never be world peace, as such, while there are zionists burrowing in to create festering sores like Palestine. The current state of the U$A is a good example of what happens once zionists infect banking and banking surely is the truest form of fascism and is the machinery enabling capitalism which will always turn democracies into Zombie Nations.
    The solution perhaps? Mass human extinction. All of us. We can’t behave so out we go.
    Leave this beautiful planet to the wee beasties.
    And on that note: I never cut the lawn this summer. I now have an incredible forest/jungle teeming with flowers, grasses and a myriad of flies, bees, spiders, beetles and me. I lie down in there and marvel at what pokes its head out and once, I had a bumble bee land on me, wipe its nose on my T shirt, then fly off happy in its work while many, many humans with their extraordinary brain power plot and waste and scheme and kill and hate and poison and shit where they eat.
    All driven mad by power, greed and a mindless lust for money supplanted into their minds by stealth by a voracious advertising industry selling an entirely false bankster narrative to the many feeble minded.
    If you think I’m writing shit? Then check out the house prices within a country 25K sq km larger than the UK but with only 5 million people? See that? There you go. A polite occupation, one could argue, of a country with a socialist-democracy history once the envy of the world now being crushed under the invasive weight of zionist banksters .

    • Well yes, Israel are beyond c***y at times. They are even grievous to world communications, with Israeli companies developing spyware such Pegasus and Stingray..

      Medical Apartheid relating to Covid though, that’s not true (not yet anyway). The concept itself invokes questions due to the presuppositions. I have to ask; if Israel offered mass vaccinations to Palestinians first, would these same critics accuse Israel of using Palestinians as guinea pigs?

      I think America giving Israel a-free-pass coupled with hundreds-of-billions of dollars in aid, well.. its frustrated a lot of people. Israel would of course point to their neighbor’s actions.. all parties have legitimate grievances.

      Ignorant American evangelicals, claiming Israel is STILL relevant in bible prophecy has enable political cover for bad behavior. Though I am sympathetic towards ALL sides.

      Article:
      “John Nelson Darby began to argue that an absolutely literal application of Israel’s end-time prophecies to the modern Jews was the only valid principle of prophetic interpretation. Consequently, Darby began to divide the Bible into arbitrary sections that applied either to Israel or to the church, no matter what the consequences were in dissecting the Bible that way.”

      See Full Article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2007/01/israel-in-biblical-prophecy.html

      • C’mon Zack …. your books of faith were written by Ayn Rand.

        saltA deggurhS ,,, a backwards tale which was also a favorite of kiddy killing Key, NZs former prime-minister.

        • I’ll ‘shrug’ that comment off.

          Ayn Rand.. LMFAO, nice books, low quality movies .. flawed philosophy – creepy, flawed woman.

  12. We know that the Israeli government and its supporters are quick to use accusations of anti-semitism to deflect criticism of their attacks on the national rights of Palestinians. They’ve been doing it for decades.

    But that doesn’t mean that anti-semitism isn’t rife, on the left as well as on the right – see the comment by “countryboy” here. More pointed is the use of the Evans cartoon, which one comment here accurately labels “disgusting “, at the head of John Minto’s article . It directly invoked the old trope of Jewish “vermin” spreading disease, which goes back to fourteenth century Europe, if not earlier, when there were widespread pogroms against Jews accused of causing the Black Death.

    To quote a chant I have heard John leading at many demonstrations, “Shame.”

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