BBC: We Were Wrong To Suggest Oslo Mandates Israel Vaccinate Palestinians

A month ago, presenter Shaun Ley and journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti had the following exchange on BBC News’ Dateline London, regarding Israel’s supposed responsibility to vaccinate palestinian Arabs against Covid-19 under the terms of the Oslo Accords.

It turns out the smug Ley was wrong, and the BBC have fessed up to it.

The BBC has admitted it was wrong to suggest Israel has a responsibility to vaccinate Palestinians against Covid-19 under the terms of the Oslo Accords.

In an interview with journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti, which aired on the BBC News Channel on January 16, the reporter suggested the peace agreement meant Israel should vaccinate all Palestinians in a public health crisis.

Challenging the reporter’s claim, Mr Sacerdoti insisted that it was the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority, whose own health ministry that had declared it would seek vaccine supplies through the World Health Organisation.

The BBC, following a complaint about the exchange from the public, has since issued a correction and admitted it was wrong.

In a statement this week it said: “We suggested that under the Oslo Accords, Palestinian healthcare is ultimately the responsibility of the Israeli government.

“Although there is a wider dispute over the issue, the Accords, which Israel signed with the Palestine Liberation Organisation, give the Palestine Authority oversight of public health under the principles of self-determination.”

Now what about all the other mainstream media outlets misreporting this?


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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