However, efforts to contain the pandemic have not prevented Israeli incursions into the region, which have increased recently. Ibrahim Melhim, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, acknowledged Israeli efforts
to contain the coronavirus in the country and in Palestine, but criticized the unstoppable incursions against the Palestinians.
“We have very strong round-the-clock coordination with the Israeli side to prevent the coronavirus from
spreading (…) At the same time, Israel continues to operate in the
Palestinian Territories as if there is no coronavirus crisis (…) They [Israeli forces] continue their raids across the West Bank, arresting people and confiscating lands, and that harms the existing coordination between the PA and Israel putting an additional burden on the
Palestinian Authority,” said the spokesman.
Apparently, Israel pretends to collaborate with Palestine to stop the pandemic, when, in fact, it freely promotes its military maneuvers in
the region, which go unnoticed by the mainstream media, strongly focused
on covering the viral tragedy.
In addition, Tel Aviv’s own collaboration to control COVID-19 in the region seems extremely limited. The blocking measures made it
impossible, for example, for doctors from the “Physicians for Human Rights” (an Israeli NGO that serves Palestinians free of charge) to move
alongside the West Bank, clearly hampering medical care in the region.