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Five human rights organizations call vaccinate Palestinian prisoners against COVID_19

Five human rights organizations call vaccinate Palestinian prisoners against COVID_19

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Five human rights organizations in Israel lodged on Sunday a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court against the decision of the Israeli Minister of Internal Security, Amir Ohana, not to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners against COVID-19 in Israeli jails.

The Association for Civil Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Adalah, the Center for the Protection of the Citizen, and Rabbis for Human Rights submitted the petition.

The five organizations requested in their petition that the Israeli High Court order the Israel Prison Service to vaccinate all inmates against COVID-19, especially those over 60 years of age. The petition also requested that the Israel Prison Service prohibit the preference of Israeli civilian prisoners over Palestinian political prisoners from being vaccinated.

A letter to Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana and Israel Prison Service (IPS) Chargé d'Affaires Asher Vaknin was sent last month by Adalah General Director Attorney Dr. Hassan Jabareen to demand that they move to revoke Ohana's decision to prohibit vaccination of Palestinian prisoners.

Jabareen also called on Israel to refrain from violating Palestinian prisoners' health and human rights held in Israeli prisons, as has been done repeatedly by the authorities since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

Adalah stressed that the Directive of the Israeli Ministry of Public Security to exempt Palestinian "security prisoners" from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine constitutes a violation of the health and medical rights of prisoners and, equally, violates the directives of the Israeli Ministry of Health and professional medical ethics that guarantee fair care for all.

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