NDP MP's post on Israeli vaccinations in West Bank sparks social media dust-up

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Posted Jan 4, 2021 1:10 pm PST

NDP MP's post on Israeli vaccinations in West Bank sparks social media dust-up
NDP MP's post on Israeli vaccinations in West Bank sparks social media dust-up

Last Updated Jan 4, 2021 at 1:18 pm PST

OTTAWA  A Twitter post by NDP MP Charlie Angus on Israels vaccination policy has kicked up a storm of social media controversy.

The online post links to an article in The Guardian newspaper that highlights how Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza are not among the beneficiaries of Israels rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, whereas Jewish settlers are.

NDP MP's post on Israeli vaccinations in West Bank sparks social media dust-up
NDP MP's post on Israeli vaccinations in West Bank sparks social media dust-up

Angus calls the situation appalling and caps off the tweet with the words, #apartheidstate.

The post Sunday sparked more than 1,000 likes, but also backlash, including from Liberal MP Yaara Saks.

Saks, who represents Torontos York Centre riding  which includes a sizable Jewish community  said in a reply that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for the medical care of its citizens, and noted the article states the authority has not officially asked for help from Israel.

NDP MP's post on Israeli vaccinations in West Bank sparks social media dust-up
NDP MP's post on Israeli vaccinations in West Bank sparks social media dust-up

Israel has led the world in per-capita inoculations, but which shoulders receive the shots remains a controversial issue.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021.

The Canadian Press