Fact Sheet: Coronavirus under Israeli Apartheid

Palestinians, targeted by Israel's #CoronaRacism, are highly vulnerable to coronavirus due to decades of Israeli oppression.


Corona Under Apartheid

Palestinians are targeted by Israel’s #CoronaRacism, on top of decades of oppression

“Epidemics … are disproportionately violent to populations burdened by poverty, military occupation, discrimination and institutionalised oppression.” 

— Letter in The Lancet, March 26, 2020

Due to systemic discrimination, Black Americans are dying at disproportionately high rates from the coronavirus, and in the U.K. people of color constitute one-third of critically ill coronavirus patients. Governments deny many indigenous communities basic infrastructure like running water needed to fight the virus. For millions of migrant workers walking home from the big cities after India announced a complete lockdown, and for families living in dense slums in the global south, isolation is an impossible privilege, and poverty and food insecurity pose as much danger as the disease itself. Racism against people perceived as Chinese has grown in IndiaEurope and the U.S.

Palestinians, living under Israeli occupation and apartheid, are highly vulnerable. Israel’s settler-colonial regime has systematically devastated our healthcare systems, rendering us more susceptible to pandemics. After 13 years of Israeli siege, Gaza has only 63 ventilators and 78 ICU beds for two million residents.

Israel’s response to the coronavirus embodies #CoronaRacism:

As Palestinians mobilize to fight the pandemic despite Israel’s #CoronaRacism, Israel has continued to target us:

  • Israel's occupation army continues to raid or demolish Palestinian homes and allow attacks by fanatic settlers. 

  • Israeli soldiers have killed three Palestinian youth in the West Bank in March and early April.

  • Israel continues to build illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns that pressure Israel to respect Palestinian rights are more vital than ever. Let’s cut the ties of complicity and build bonds of solidarity!

First published in BDS Movement.