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Bernie Sanders blasts Israel for sending Covid-19 vaccines to allies while ‘Palestinians are still waiting'

Added 02-25-21 02:37:02am EST - “US Senator Bernie Sanders has lashed out at Tel Aviv for sending surplus coronavirus vaccines to friendly nations overseas instead of giving them to Palestinians, saying it must do so as an "occupying power."” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Bernie Sanders blasts Israel for sending Covid-19 vaccines to allies while ‘Palestinians are still waiting’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for the health of all the people under its control. It is outrageous that Netanyahu would use spare vaccines to reward his foreign allies while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting,” Sanders tweeted.

As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for the health of all the people under its control. It is outrageous that Netanyahu would use spare vaccines to reward his foreign allies while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting. https://t.co/kx4qFPtRQl

Israel’s decision to send out surplus Covid-19 vaccines has been rumored for days, before it was acknowledged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. The Israeli leader confirmed that he had personally decided to share a symbolic amount of vaccines with friendly countries, openly admitting the political nature of the move.

The handout has been done “in return for things we have already received, through many contacts in various areas that I will not detail here,” Netanyahu said without providing further details.

While Netanyahu did not name the countries that received the vaccines, local media reported the list of recipients includes 15 countries that received around 100,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine. The list includes countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, Hungary, Uganda, and the Czech Republic – those which have in some way supported Israel’s claim on Jerusalem as the capital.

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