WHEREAS, the Palestinians in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been drastically impacted with the ferocity of the COVID-19 virus while lacking the direly needed infrastructure to mitigate the continuously worsening healthcare situation, including access to vaccines for the population, and the Palestinian Authority has been financially strapped due to the policies of Trump administration that severed U.S. financial support not only to the Palestinian Authority but also to civil society organizations and healthcare institutions as well as the United Nation Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that support Palestinian refugees, while exerting pressure on other donors to follow suit, and, under Article 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel, the occupying power, “has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics, and
WHEREAS, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’TSELEM), in a position paper (1/12/2021), declared Israel an apartheid state that promotes “a regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea” while practicing systematic discrimination against other residents, which is now manifest in Israel’s refusal to share its large supply of vaccine doses with Palestinian residents of the occupied territories, while illegal Jewish settlers in the same territories have full access, and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 virus impact keeps spreading unabated and does not discriminate by ethnicity, religion or race.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee urges all U.S. representatives and the new administration to exert the necessary pressure and speak out against this atrocity until Israel meets its obligation to provide equal access to vaccination for all the people residing under its authority, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee urges all U.S. representatives and the new administration to provide needed support for Palestinians to overcome the epidemic, including by ensuring equal access to vaccination.
Respectfully Submitted, Andrea Luba Bocanegra, (AD 18), Austin Tam, (AD18)