In Israel, its premier COVID-19 vaccine provider, Pfizer landed in hot water after listing one of its medical information centers as being located in “Palestine.”
This relates to the location of Herzliya, and it wasn’t listed as Israel, but Palestine.
The Pfizer website offers detailed information about different contact centers where, depending on the region, people may call their local center for information about Pfizer.
Israel, according to the Pfizer interactive map powered by Google, has two such locations: In Mitzpe Ramon in the south of the country, and in the center of the country in Herzliya.
The Palestinian communications minister reportedly announced that the government is searching for an alternative to Google after reports claimed that the famous tech giant removed Palestine from its map application in July.
The Jerusalem Post wasted no time boasting that “Palestine” had never even been on Google Maps.
The Palestine Digital Rights Coalition, the Palestine NGO Network and the Palestine Council of Human Rights Organizations launched a campaign with the hashtag #GoogleMapsPalestine shortly thereafter in order to bring the label ‘Palestine’ on the worldwide maps.
It is likely that Pfizer is also dubbed Nazis as they have listed the locations as Palestine, and this is just another step from claims simply saying that Israeli settlements are illegal and so on, and so forth.
On March 9th, Israel’s leaders celebrated the country’s 5 millionth coronavirus vaccination on the same day the government began vaccinating Palestinian laborers who work in the country. The time lag has drawn international criticism and highlighted global disparities.
Until the same day, the Palestinian Authority, which administers autonomous areas of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, had received enough doses for only 6,000 people.
According to COGAT, the Israeli defense agency that orchestrated the vaccine campaign, the workers are not required to be vaccinated in order to keep their entry permits at the current time. But many laborers said their Israeli employers have pressured them to be vaccinated, and there were widespread concerns they could lose their jobs if they do not get inoculated.
About 100,000 Palestinian laborers from the West Bank work in Israel and its settlements, which are widely seen internationally as illegal and an obstacle to peace.
Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun, the head of COGAT, said in a statement that Israelis and Palestinians “live in the same epidemiological space” and that it was a shared interest to vaccinate Palestinians.
Human rights groups and many Palestinians say that as an occupying power, Israel is responsible for providing vaccines to the Palestinians. Israel says that under interim peace accords reached in the 1990s, it does not have any such obligation.
It could be that Pfizer listed Herzliya as “Palestine” to make it seem like Israel wasn’t an occupier and it had to fend for its own people.
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