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We note with disappointment the cursory inclusion of Israel in a list of examples where religious discrimination has come to the fore during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The author provides no reference for this statement, nor for the inclusion of Cambodia in an article largely about the longstanding tensions within the Indian subcontinent - a matter with an extensive , complicated history of its own.
We consider ourselves to be well informed regarding this region and were surprised to hear of any significant blame being apportioned to the Arab community in Israel. After further research, we find ourselves unable to ascertain from where this claim arises. Indeed, a disproportionate number of healthcare professionals in Israel come from the Arab population and far from being blamed for COVID-19, they have played a vital role on the front line in the fight against the virus (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-arabs-in-israel-fight-pande...). Targeted responses against local outbreaks have occurred in both majority Arab & Jewish areas - a response we now see being utilised in the UK (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-52149316).
It is certainly true that the Israeli Arab population is disadvantaged and disenfranchised in other ways, but this article discusses in detail a specific finding across parts of India and Pakistan that does not relate to other examples in the article.
Would the author therefore be willing to substantiate their claim or retract it? The short 6 word sentence has no impact on the thrust of an otherwise very interesting article.