End Medical Apartheid in Israel-Palestine

Cleveland Peace Action calls on the Israeli government to end its exclusionary practices in denying to many, access to a COVID-19 vaccine. While some have praised Israel for its quick rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, others point out that more than five million Palestinian Arabs have been excluded from Israel’s vaccine distribution efforts. Israel has rationalized this unfair vaccine distribution system by saying that first priority for vaccination goes to those who are citizens of Israel, noting that Palestinians living in the West Bank under brutal military occupation are “merely permanent residents.” Israeli medical officials had hinted that they may begin to offer the Moderna vaccine to Palestinians living in the West Bank; but this has been exposed as a lie since Israel has announced that it will ship its “spare vaccines” to nations it believes are its foreign allies. For example, Honduras and the Czech Republic, both of which have recognized Israeli control of Jerusalem, will receive shipments of the vaccine that will then not be going to Palestinian Arabs, who continue to suffer under Israeli military rule. In addition, now Guatemala (no stranger to human rights abuses of its own), and Viktor Orban’s Hungary have announced that they will move their foreign delegations to Jerusalem in exchange for shipments of the vaccine. In an effort to deflect criticism of this racist, two-tier medical system, Israel now insists that providing potentially life-saving vaccines to Arabs living under its military rule is not its responsibility! Instead they try to shift blame to the Palestinian Authority (PA) . This moral tunnel vision seeks to blame the PA despite the fact that Israel controls about 64% of the West Bank under the terms of the Oslo Accords of 1993. The Geneva Convention specifically states that the occupying power (Israel) has a responsibility provide medical services to those living in territory it has captured and controls. From the United States, Israel receives about $4 billion in military aid annually as well $8 billion in loan guarantees. Cleveland Peace Action says: “No rights for Palestinians?     Then, no aid for Israel!     End the cruel two-tier medicine system in Israel/Palestine!   Establish a vaccination program for Palestinian Arabs that is paid for by Israel; yet administered by an international aid agency.

Nuclear Weapons or Green Economy: It’s Our Choice

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Speaker: Eric Schreiber, MD

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In FY 2021, the National Nuclear Security Administration planned to spend $15.6 billion on maintaining and updating the nuclear arsenal. The Department of Defense also planned to spend an additional $28.9 billion to modernize weapons delivery systems. Meanwhile, atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased 47 percent since 1850 and 2020 was the warmest year on record. Dr. Schreiber will discuss how the money spent on weapons could be better spent on the green infrastructure that the country – and world – desperately need.

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Nuclear Weapons Illegal on 22 January 2021!

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Few people know about the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). That’s why we gather on January 22,2021, to mark and to celebrate its entry into force. The treaty was approved at the United Nations in July 2017 by 122 nations. Ninety days ago, Honduras became the 50th nation to deposit its ratification at the United Nations, triggering an automatic entry into force this January 22nd. In addition to 51 countries that have ratified the treaty, 33 more have signed — a total of 84 countries agreeing to ban nuclear weapons. ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on the treaty.

We will convene outside the Anthony J. Celebreeze Federal Building, 1240 E. 9th St., Cleveland.

11:30 am – Cleveland Catholic Worker will hold a prayer vigil.

12:00 pm – Cleveland Peace Action will hold a press conference to announce the treaty entering into force.

Social distancing observed. Masks are mandatory.

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Israel Withholding COVID-19 Vaccinations from Palestine Occupied Territories of West Bank and Gaza

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CLEVELAND, OHIO While Covid-19 rates in Israel are soaring, Israeli officials are withholding all vaccinations from the Palestine Occupied Territories of West Bank and Gaza. Israel currently has the highest rate of covid-19 vaccinations in the world according to Forbes Magazine (1) but vaccination is withheld from the wards of Israeli occupation.
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Peace and the Biden-Harris Administration: Opportunities and Challenges

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Tuesday, January 12th

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[email protected] new administration presents both opportunities and challenges for Peace Action’s advocacy work. While there’s reason for optimism, realism suggests there will be some difficult work ahead. Join us for a dialogue on the prospects for 2021 and beyond. 


Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director, Policy and Political Affairs, National Peace Action

Pete Moore, M.A. Hanna Associate Professor of Politics, Case Western Reserve University

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