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Israel discriminates against Palestinians by not providing accurate COVID-19 info in Arabic PDF Print E-mail
Jan 12, 2021 at 12:00 AM

Despite having one of the most successful vaccine roll outs in the world, rights groups have accused Israel of discriminating against its Palestinian communities by failing to provide accurate information regarding COVID-19 and the vaccine in Arabic.

As countries around the world continue to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19, the coronavirus continues to rage in Palestine, where the prospect of getting vaccinated still remains a mere fantasy for many. 

Palestinian officials continue to enforce partial lockdowns across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, where hundreds of new cases of the virus are reported every single day. 

Since the pandemic began, health officials in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) have recorded over 167,000 cases of the virus, and 1,784 deaths. 

Of the total recorded cases, the number of active cases in the oPt stands just under 17,000. In the past 24 hours, health officials recorded close to 800 new cases of the virus and 16 deaths.

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