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Debunking Conspiracy Theories

Fact-checking an article from the Guardian that inaccurately asserted Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout 

1. AUTHORITY

Who created this message / graphic, and what sources do they rely upon?   

✔ Reputed news source 

× Cites complaints from Palestinian sources living in Nablus and Gaza, yet these areas are under full Palestinian control and cannot therefore logically expect Israeli assistance 

2. CORROBORATION

What do other news sites (across the spectrum) or fact-checkers say?  

The Jerusalem Post and CAMERA both dissect the Guardian’s article and show its inaccuracies. 

3. EVIDENCE

What evidence is provided? What evidence is missing?  

× MISSING: According to the Oslo II agreement (Annex 3, Article 17), it is the job not of Israel but of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to vaccinate its own citizens. 

× MISSING: Israel is vaccinating Palestinians within its domain.  Arab-Israeli citizens of Israel are receiving vaccinations.  

× MISSING: The headline is misleading, because – as the article ultimately admits – the PA itself cut off cooperation with Israel and has not officially asked Israel for assistance with vaccinations 

4. PATTERN

Does this information have the “symptoms” of a conspiracy?   

The article’s presentation of Israel is false and conspiratorial: 

× Conspiracy: Israel is acting maliciously  

× Conspiracy: Israel is acting to promote only their own advantage  

× Conspiracy: Israel is negatively affecting society (Palestinians) 

✔ Truth: Israel is acting within a defined legal framework with the PA. 

5. IMPACT

Who might be harmed by this message?  

× Jewish community is demonized and more at risk of future antisemitic acts  

× Palestinians are hindered from holding their own governments, Hamas and the PA, accountable for securing sufficient vaccines 

6. MOTIVATION

Why do I want to share this?  

Do you have a reason to share a misleading news article?  If you want to contribute to human rights, take the first step of ensuring you know the facts! 

 

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