RAMALLAH, October 14 (JMCC) - A new amendment to the Israeli National Insurance Law will harm thousands of children, according a petition submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court by minority rights legal center Adalah. The petition was filed 7 October by Adalah attorney Sawsan Zaher for ten Arab Bedouin
women from the Negev.
Under the new amendment, Adalah estimates thousands of Israeli children will receive 60 percent less in state funding if they are not immunized according to Israeli health protocol. These are mostly Arab Bedouin children unable, not unwilling, to get immunized: they lack access to adequate facilities like Mother and Child health clinics. The amendment won't immunize more children, Adalah stated, but exacerbate health disparity within Israeli society.
Although the state sets requirements for immunization, it refuses to open the proper health facilites to meet those demands, according to the petition. Distinguishing between a child who receives vaccinations and a child who does not harms the principle of equality.