The Right to Vaccine: 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.


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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 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.



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.