THE RIGHT TO VACCINE (A): Dealing with the Violation of the Right to Vaccines

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This policy paper by the Zulat Institute, co-authored with Physicians for Human Rights, presents a series of demands to the Israeli Government concerning its corona vaccination policy and offers practical recommendations from the perspective of the human rights affected by this policy. It addresses the government’s actions, as well as their cost and implications, taking into account the constraints of confronting a new pandemic and finding wide-ranging solutions to an array of public policy factors within a short period of time.
The paper will present policy recommendations, including:

  • Financing the vaccination campaign with dedicated funds, so as not to compromise the health system’s budget.
  • Purchasing vaccines exclusively by the government to prevent people with means from “jumping the line”.
  • Providing free vaccines to the entire population, including asylum seekers, migrant workers, and the Palestinian population in the occupied territories.
  • Ensuring an equitable supply of vaccines, without neglecting geographical/social peripheral regions.
  • Encouraging vaccination by outreaching to at-risk populations, including incapacitated and bed-ridden elderly people living in the community.
  • Ensuring transparency in all decision-making processes.
  • Ensuring decision-making by experts in diverse fields and representatives of all sectors of the population.
  • Availing information to different population sectors (Arabs and others) and recruiting influencers in all communities.
  • Portraying vaccination as a social responsibility that will lead to “herd immunity.”
  • Committing to participate in the efforts to promote fairness and justice on the international level as well.

These recommendations ensue from brainstorming by a team of multidisciplinary experts, who overviewed the development, purchase, and rollout of vaccines to the public; the decision-making processes, including the factors considered in the prioritization of the vaccination campaign; the question of informed consent, public responsiveness, and “vaccine hesitancy”; the responsibility of the medical staff and the compensation of vaccine victims, should any occur.

Read the full THE RIGHT TO VACCINE: Dealing with the Violation of the Right to Vaccines policy paper 

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Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Dr. Rawia Aburabia is a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Law and the Women and Gender Studies program at Tel Aviv University. She completed her MA in international law at the American University in Washington DC, and holds a PhD from Hebrew University. Aburabia has vast experience in international law and human rights, appearing before bodies such as the UN, and serving on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International. She has published numerous articles in professional journals and is the author of the book “Ongoing Legal Exclusion: Palestinian Bedouin Women in Polygamous Marriages in Israel.” Globes newspaper named her one of the 40 most promising young Israelis.


Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.