PA accuses Israel of using drug company to kill magnitude of people around the world
Excerpt of a column by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for official PA daily and former advisor to former PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on national affairs
Headline: “Israeli ‘Teva’ kills Americans”
“The crimes of rogue and lawless Israel did not stop with murdering, persecuting, and expelling the Palestinian people, nor with expropriating their lands, their political, legal, cultural, and heritage-based rights, and their pan-Arab national cultural identity; its capitalist and monopolistic companies also kill the residents of the states that established it and guaranteed for it all of the elements required for it to survive and develop politically, diplomatically, militarily, and economically. One of the indicative and documented examples of this is the crimes committed by the Israeli pharmaceutical company ‘Teva,’ when it killed half-a-million Americans in the last two decades as a result of the rise in the addiction to opium (sic., opioids) and narcotic drugs among the Americans, which was caused as a result of its medicines. This was reported by the Israeli state broadcasting authority ‘Kan’ on Wednesday, July 27 .
Following the submission of thousands of lawsuits against the Israeli pharmaceutical company, an agreement was reached according to which it will pay $4.25 billion as compensation for those harmed by its crimes. But that’s not all; it was also involved in another crime according to the American Department of Justice, which accused the pharmaceutical companies of conspiring with competing companies to raise the prices of generic medicines. It accused Teva of coordinating prices in recent years since 2013, up until the crime was revealed. The American ministry emphasized that American patients paid excess amounts beyond the real prices, which reach $350 million.
This scandalous crime is just a drop in the ocean of the crimes being committed by some of the pharmaceutical companies, which are supposed to be those who most take care of the lives of the sick, whoever they are. But the facts and data reveal the ugly and inhuman face of all the monopolistic companies, and foremost among them the pharmaceutical companies, who are interested in nothing but monopolistic profits and manipulations of prices…
Israel – the colonialist state producing the Nakbas (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and disasters, which is based on myths, nonsense, organized crime, and creating terror in many forms and ways – does not hesitate to kill Europeans, Americans, and members of other peoples, and not just members of the Palestinian Arab people.
This requires all the forces, the central bodies, and the states to stop this state’s crimes, to isolate it as an ostracized and rogue state and a terrorist apartheid state, and to require it to pay what is required for the sake of possible and acceptable peace.”
Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul is also a former PLO Central Council member.