Thursday, January 07, 2021

The Guardian UK:

"Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout as jabs go to settlers.

Human rights groups accuse Israel of dodging obligations to millions in occupied territories who may wait months for vaccination.

Israel is celebrating an impressive, record-setting vaccination drive, having given initial jabs of coronavirus shots to more than a 10th of the population. But Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza can only watch and wait.

As the world ramps up what is already on track to become a highly unequal vaccination push – with people in richer nations first to be inoculated – the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories provides a stark example of the divide.

-->As anyone following FantasyLand Media would know, the chances of our Zionist inspired NYT covering this story is right around zero. For stories about Israel's apartheid treatment of Palestinians, one has to go to a foreign paper. 


Common Dreams:

"In Potential Final Protest Targeting UN, Trump Administration—Joined by Just Israel—Votes Against 2021 Budget. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft said the decision was based on alleged 'anti-Israel bias' and global refusal to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

In what could be the Trump administration's final act of protest targeting the United Nations, the United States—joined by Israel—voted on Thursday against the intergovernmental organization's $3.231 billion budget for 2021. ...

Bloomberg pointed out Thursday that this year 'marks only the second time the U.S. decided to move against the consensus approval of the U.N. budget by calling for a vote.' "

-->How isolated the US and Israel have become from the rest of the world. Readers of the NYT, however, didn't get to consider this story.


Common Dreams:

"Senior UN Human Rights Official 'Deeply Concerned' by Trump's Pardons for Mercenaries Who Massacred 17 Iraqi Civilians. 'Pardoning them contributes to impunity and has the effect of emboldening others to commit such crimes in the future.' ...

Marta Hurtado, a spokesperson for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said in statement that the agency is "deeply concerned" by Trump's December 22 pardon of former Blackwater guards ...

'By investigating these crimes and completing legal proceedings, the U.S. complied with its obligations under international law,' she added. 'The U.N. Human Rights Office calls on the U.S. to renew its commitment to fighting impunity for gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law, as well as to uphold its obligations to ensure accountability for such crimes.' "

-->Fox News was the only large media company to cover Marta Hurtado's statement. Sometimes the empire needs a break for its war crimes, and most of our national media is all to willing to oblige.