Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is known for her antisemitism and anti-Israel stance and during an interview with Democracy Now, she told yet another lie to make Israel seem like a human rights violator against the Palestinian people.
Not only is she wrong, she once again exposed herself as the real racist in the room.
During her interview, Tlaib was asked about the COVID-19 vaccine not being distributed to the Palestinians in Israel by Israeli authorities with some 20 percent of the population having received it. The host went on to say that Tlaib had family who lived on the West Bank and wanted to know how she feels about her family being excluded from receiving the vaccine.
Tlaib responded by immediately diving into the idea that Israel is a racist state who likes to violate the human rights of Palestinians.
“It’s really important to understand that Israel is a racist state, in that they would deny Palestinians like my grandmother access to a vaccine, that they don’t believe she’s an equal human being who deserves to live,” said Tlaib.
Tlaib went on to call Israel an “apartheid state” and accused America of enabling this racist behavior of Israel’s.
“Our country continues to enable that country, continues to enable Netanyahu, to continue to spew anti-Arab rhetoric that allows violence toward Palestinians to continue in a way that is so inhumane and doesn’t follow international human rights,” said Tlaib.
Tlaib added that she hopes our country finally sees “what the Palestinians have been trying to tell us for a very long time” in terms of the evils that Isreal hoists upon them. She continues with this anti-Israel rhetoric which starts to look more like filler than actual statements.
Rep. @RashidaTlaib on Israel not vaccinating Palestinians:
“It’s really important to understand that Israel is a racist state, in that they would deny Palestinians like my grandmother access to a vaccine, that they don’t believe she’s an equal human being who deserves to live." pic.twitter.com/vPCeXjdqrZ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 19, 2021
So why don’t the Palestinians have the vaccine?
Don’t blame Israel. Blame Palestinian leaders.
The mainstream media attempted to sell the same story Tlaib did, including the Guardian, which attempted to sell the idea that there was an anti-Palestinian conspiracy happening in Israel to possibly infect the population with Coronavirus. The Jerusalem Post reported the truth while calling this lie out:
You have to get halfway through the Guardian story before you reach the following: “Despite the delay, the [Palestinian] Authority has not officially asked for help from Israel. Coordination between the two sides halted last year after the Palestinian president cut off security ties for several months.”
In other words, the Palestinian leadership refused to even talk to Israel when the latter was ordering vaccine doses, let alone coordinate a complex rollout operation. Before that, the UN’s official news site published an article titled: “COVID-19: UN envoy hails strong Israel-Palestine cooperation.”
In response to a petition from an NGO claiming Israel is not helping the Palestinians enough, the government in May reported to the High Court of Justice a long list of actions it had taken, including holding training courses for medical teams and lab technicians and donating coronavirus testing kits.”
In other words, Israel had been willing to help before the Palestinians cut ties. And more recently, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein last month told The New York Times it is in Israel’s interest to help stop the virus from spreading among Palestinians, adding that he has “no doubt it will be done.”
So Israel isn’t at fault for Palestinians not having the vaccine, it’s the Palestinian leadership that has held up the distribution of the vaccine to the people themselves. Not that any of that is supposed to matter anyway, as the Oslo Accords stipulate that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for the healthcare of the Palestinian people, including vaccinations.
Despite this, Israel has already been vaccinating Palestinian citizens in East Jerusalem in accordance with the Oslo Accords, and plan to give it to Palestinian prisoners in their prisons as well. According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel is concerned that not enough Arabs are actually being vaccinated and are trying to encourage more to come to receive it:
Israel’s vaccine operation has run in predominately Arab areas in Israel from day one. Out of a concern that not enough eligible Israeli Arabs have been showing up at the vaccination sites, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited two Arab cities in recent days. (Admittedly, this dovetails with his political strategy of trying to attract Arab votes to Likud.)
In other words, there isn’t some kind of policy of ethno-religious discrimination. The opposite is true: The government is actively trying to encourage the minority population, Arab-Israelis, to get vaccinated.
So Tlaib is lying. There is no anti-Palestinian conspiracy and Israel is not a racist state. Tlaib is a conspiracy theorist and she’s definitely the racist in this story.