The pandemic has exposed the degree to which structural racism and cross generational trauma have public health consequences. From childhood to adulthood, people of color are at risk for stress related illnesses: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Now that list includes COVID-19.
This last week has seen Palestinian COVID-19 infections continue on a grim path, at least in the West Bank where there are more than 2,200 new cases.
There are more than 2,300 active cases of COVID-19 in East Jerusalem, and the daily rate of infection continues to climb. Despite this, Israeli authorities have continued their policy of home demolitions and arrests in the occupied territory.
Palestinians joined Muslims around the world in celebrating the Eid al-Adha holidays on Friday. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem for Eid prayers in the morning — with each worshiper required to wear a mask and bring their own prayer rug.
Israelis and Palestinians are now three weeks into a virulent second coronavirus wave and the higher rates of infection are leading to worries over governance, a plummeting economy, and nightly protests outside of the Israeli prime minister’s residence.
Following an outbreak of the coronavirus, the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled against a petition demanding that the Israeli Prison Service implement social distancing in the Gilboa prison. Adalah slammed the decision, “Palestinian prisoners have no right to social distancing protection against COVID-19.”
As the number of coronavirus cases in Palestine continue to soar, Israeli forces demolished a COVID-19 testing clinic in the city of Hebron, the epicenter of the outbreak in the occupied West Bank.
Palestine surpassed 10,000 recorded cases of the coronavirus this week, a bleak milestone for Palestinians as the second wave of the COVID-19 continues to grow.
This week the Palestinian Authority ordered nighttime and weekend curfews across the West Bank to slow the spread of the second wave of the coronavirus that is proving far more extensive and fatal that the first outbreak that began in March.