On August 11, The P.E.I. Guardian published the following letter by Marian White of the so-called “Island Peace Committee” who falsely accused Israel of demolishing a Palestinian drive-through coronavirus testing centre in Hebron:
Importantly, there’s no foundation to this incendiary claim by Ms. White alleging that the Israel Defense Forces destroyed a Palestinian Covid-19 centre. This claim was previously circulated by New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) Matthew Green who following outcry, deleted his tweet, but did not apologize.
In truth, and as the Jerusalem Post and Jewish Journal reported recently, the demolished facility was a planned private car dealership and not a COVID-19 testing center or health clinic. The building was located in Area C of the west bank, which Israel controls and the building, Israel says, did not have a required permit and was an illegally built structure.
There’s no truth to Ms. White’s allegation that during the pandemic that Israel is “hindering the Palestinian public health initiative and destroying medical resources.” Instead, A May 7 Jerusalem Post report highlighted how Israel has donated test kits and testing swabs to Palestinians as well as provided training to Palestinian doctors on how to properly handle COVID-19 patients. In March, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process Nickolay Mladenov hailed the Israel-Palestinian cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic as “excellent.”
Here’s the Israeli Embassy in Ottawa’s refutation of this spurious allegation: (see entire thread)
THREAD: (1/7) Like Canada and its municipalities, lawful permits are required to build new structures, especially ones that administer health care. This facility was not in Hebron but rather in #Silwan (part of Jerusalem) as per the document, where it was illegally operating.
— Embassy of Israel (@IsraelinCanada) July 23, 2020
To put it bluntly, Ms. White’s discredited conspiracy theory was not worthy of publication. HonestReporting Canada has conveyed our concerns to the Guardian directly calling for corrective action. Stay tuned to this page for updates.
UPDATE: August 15, 2020
The Guardian published HRC’s rebuttal to letter writer Marion White’s falsely accusing Israel of destroying a COVID-19 Palestinian centre on August 15: