Israel’s high-tech economy has reopened. People are resuming their lives.
But just 30 miles east of here is the Palestinian West Bank. Social distancing is still enforced. The economy is at a standstill, and there’s only a trickle of vaccines for the Palestinian population.
Millions of Palestinians feel their rights are being violated by not being offered the vaccine from Israel. The Palestine Authority governs the semi autonomous West Bank, while Islamic Hamas rules the Gaza Strip.
There is a 21 percent COVID infection rate in the West Bank. Intensive care units are overflowing in what is now a third COVID wave.
In Gaza, infections have spiked to over 1,000 new cases daily out of a Palestinian population of two million. There is also a severe vaccine shortage in Gaza.
Omar Najar is a senior official in the Palestinian Health Ministry.