Gantz: Blocking vaccines to Palestinian inmates ‘illegal, endangers human lives’

Defense Minister Benny Gantz is calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to order the vaccination of Palestinian inmates aged 60-plus at security prisons. He says Public Security Minister Amir Ohana’s decision to block the vaccinations, against the instructions of the Health Ministry and the attorney general, is “an illegal action that endangers human lives.”

He says “politicization of the battle against the coronavirus will harm the government’s ability to fight the virus.”

Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the Knesset on December 1, 2020. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool/Flash90)

The Israeli Medical Association has said Israel “has an ethical obligation to offer the vaccines to the prisoner population.”