David Elhayani, the leader of the Yesha Council of West Bank mayors called Monday on the Israeli government to vaccinate all Palestinians living in the territories during a meeting with the chairman of the Palestinian Workers' Organization Mohammed Arif Masad.
Arif Masad, a resident of Burqin near Jenin in the West Bank, represents about 65,000 Palestinian laborers working in Israel and has recently announced his candidacy in the presidential elections for the Palestinian Authority. Yesha Council CEO Yigal Dilmoni also attended the meeting that was held at the Jordan Valley Regional Council.
Elhayani told Arif Masad that he is "happy you could come visit the Jordan Valley. It was a pleasure to meet you. You bring a new horizon, a new conception of economy and security. I wish you luck, you have our blessing."
"I call on the Israeli government, on behalf of both of us, to vaccinate all Palestinians against the coronavirus. We live together, both in Judea and Samaria as well as in Israel and the time has come to vaccinate everyone," Elhayani said.
Yesha Council leaders and Arif Masad discussed the joint lives of Palestinians and Israelis and the importance of Israeli control over the West Bank. They discussed in length the importance of inoculating the Palestinian population in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley who comes into daily contact with the Israeli residents of these areas.
Last week, Israel began vaccinating Palestinians working in Israel and West Bank settlements. The vaccination campaign is led by the Israeli Health Ministry and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, with high compliance by the laborers.
As of March 11, more than 50,000 Palestinians with a permit to work in Israel and the settlements have received the first dose of the vaccine, according to a statement from Israel's Health Ministry and Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories.