Germany will include Israel in EU vaccine programme, but not Palestinians

Dec 02,2020

Pleas by Palestinian doctors in Gaza that the health system could collapse have largely gone unheard and the Berlin-Tel Aviv deal only underscores that which makes no mention of Palestinians.

Germany has promised to include Israel in the EU’s coronavirus vaccination deal that is being made with large pharmaceutical companies, recent Israeli media reported.

The pledge was made by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Health Minister Jens Spahn to Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi as a continuation of the country’s “special relationship” because of the Holocaust.

Germany - widely considered in the EU as a strict enforcer of the bloc’s rules - apparently bent the rules this time to ensure that an EU-produced vaccine would first be given to European countries and Israel.

The Palestinian territory of Gaza, however, may not be so lucky. The virus in Israeli blockaded land which is also densely populated has reached a “catastrophic stage.”

Gaza was already suffering from a shortage of medical equipment after more than a decade of a deadly Israeli siege leaving hospitals without vital equipment needed to cope with a pandemic.

Pleas by Palestinian doctors in Gaza that the health system could collapse, have largely gone unheard and the Berlin-Tel Aviv deal only underscores that which makes no mention of Palestinians.

There have been no commitments made by Germany towards the Palestinians who are currently under an Israeli occupation which has its own historical reasons that can be closely linked to Germany’s actions.

In 2015, Germany sold Israel four warships at a significant discount however it knows very well that Israel uses these warships to carry out war crimes and genocides against the Palestinian people.

An Israeli diplomat in Berlin said following the announcement: “Germany sees Israel as part of Europe in terms of procuring the vaccine and therefore it will be permitted to convey the vaccine for use in Israel when it is approved.”

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