Once again Israel has been singled out as the lone perpetrator of evil by the Council of the Wise at a select agency of the United Nations. This one, however, came as somewhat of a surprise, for it was the United Nations’ World Health Organization — which should know better by now — that passed a resolution last week at its 2016 World Assembly, naming Israel as the planet’s sole abuser of health rights.
It’s tough to believe that some of those who voted in favor of the resolution could actually believe for even a second the nonsense they supported.
The motion was sponsored by the Arab Group of States together with a delegation from the Palestinian Authority.
The resolution calls for an investigation into Israel’s alleged abuse of mental, physical and environmental health rights.
The United Kingdom, Germany, France and other European Union nations also voted in favor of the resolution. Moreover, a report from the investigation is to be placed on the agenda again at next year’s meeting.
The UN assembly, by contrast, did not mention: • the millions of Yemenis denied access to food and water in their war-torn country; • the gassing of Syrian citizens by their own government, the bombing of Syrian hospitals • the weapons, including rocket launchers, hidden by Hamas in Gaza hospitals • the criminals whose limbs have been cut off by the Saudi Arabian government, Just to name a few other basic health concerns.
Out of 24 items on the meeting agenda, however, only one — Item No. 19 against Israel — focused on a specific country.
“The UN reached new heights of absurdity today,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, “by enacting a resolution which accuses Israel of violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan, even as in reality Israeli hospitals continue their life-saving treatment for Syrians fleeing to the Golan from the [President Bashar al-] Assad regime’s barbaric attacks.”
This is beyond the height of silliness, given the number of Syrians treated in Israeli field hospitals — and in hospitals within Israel itself — regardless of their allegiance, and that humanitarian gesture provided to citizens of a nation with which Israel is still at war.Hana Levi Julian