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False Pictures Fill Palestinian Authority Report to World Health Organization

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The World Health Organization report in May warning of the “mental, physical, and environmental health” of Palestinian Authority Arabs under Israeli control is facing a wave of criticism from Israeli officials who are challenging the report’s accuracy and objectivity. The WHO conference also earned scrutiny from watchdog groups who pointed out that a Palestinian Authority report submitted to the UN health organization is riddled with false captions to photos accusing Israel of wrongdoing.

“Instead of compiling a professional and objective report, the WHO is being used by those whose only interest is to harm the State of Israel,” said Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN. “They are doing so even when this means that they are creating alternative reality and disseminating vicious lies.”

That type of alternate reality was depicted in a report submitted to WHO by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health in which several photographs contained captions with false descriptions, many of which were detailed in a post by the watchdog organization CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America).

The Palestinian Authority report also speculated on outlandish accusations against Israel, suggesting Israel freezes the bodies of Arab terrorists in order to obscure “whether the deceased individual’s organs have been stolen.” The Palestinian Authority health ministry also wondered – citing a “widespread belief among Palestinians” and a report in the former Soviet mouthpiece Pravda – whether “Israel has injected prisoners with carcinogenic viruses.”

The 59-page Palestinian Authority report is filled with pictures falsely captioned to assert Israeli violations of “Palestinian” rights.

In a section where the PA Ministry of Health accuses Israel of attacking Palestinian Authority medical staff and hospitals, the report includes a photograph of an Israeli soldier in an ambulance. The caption describes the image as “Israeli occupation soldiers search the interior of a Palestinian ambulance.” However, the image – actually of an IDF ambulance – is carefully cropped to exclude the Star of David icon as much as possible. Only the top pinpoint of the Jewish symbol is exposed at the bottom of the photograph, revealing the ambulance to be Israeli.

The significance of the photograph and its false caption relates to its possible influence in the crafting of WHO’s report, which was proposed by the Kuwaiti delegation on behalf of the Arab Group and the Palestinian Authority. The report’s final version calls for the Director-General to make recommendations for improving health conditions of Palestinian Palestinian Authority Arabs with focus on a number of areas including “incidents of delay or denial of ambulance service.”

There were several other instances in which the PA’s Ministry of Health included photographs with fallacious captions, as documented in the CAMERA report and the pro-Israel blog Isreallycool.

The caption in one picture describes a scenario in which “settlers attack a Palestinian child while being observed by Israeli occupation forces.” However, in the photograph, which was taken by a photographer for Agence France Presse and belongs to Getty Images, it is actually an Israeli child being pulled by Israeli security forces from Jewish residents of the Samarian outpost of Havat Gilad. There are no Arabs in the picture.

In another instance, a fictional image of a potential strike on Iranian nuclear facilities by an Israeli M-15 was described in the report as a photograph of an Israeli aerial attack on Gaza during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. The mountainous background of the image, created by The Aviationist blog’s Al Clark, depicts a geographic region that contrasts with the flatlands of the Gaza Strip.

Neither the World Health Organization nor the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health returned TPS’s requests for comment on the apparently false information in the Palestinian Authority report. Ambassador Danon, for his part, remains hopeful and committed to fighting false charges by the Palestinian Authority and others in international organizations like WHO and the UN.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

World Health Organization Names Israel as Sole Abuser of Health Rights

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

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

Israel Among Top Five Countries on WHO 2015 Life Expectancy Chart

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Only 22 countries around the globe have reached an average life expectancy at birth greater than 80 years, according to the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory (GHO) data, which would suggest that if one is planning to retire abroad, one should consider those countries most seriously.

Life expectancy at birth reflects the overall mortality level of a population. It summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year – children and adolescents, adults and the elderly. Global life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 71.4 years (73.8 years for females and 69.1 years for males), ranging from 60.0 years in the WHO African Region to 76.8 years in the WHO European Region, giving a ratio of 1.3 between the two regions. Women live longer than men all around the world. The gap in life expectancy between the sexes was 4.5 years in 1990 and had remained almost the same by 2015 (4.6).

Global average life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic, and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The 2000-2015 increase was greatest in the WHO African Region, where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV.

As to the friendly global race of whose citizens get to live longer, the top countries are, in descending order: Japan – 83.7, Switzerland – 83.4, Singapore – 83.1, Italy – 82.7, and Israel – 82.5. The US did not make the 80+ club in 2015, with only 79.3 years’ life expectancy. Neither did the Russian Federation – 70.5.

Israel’s neighbors are definitely not ideal locations for retirement: Egypt – 70.9, Jordan – 74.1, Lebanon – 74.9, and Syria – 64.5 (if you’re lucky). Nigeria stands out with 54.5 life expectancy, along with Angola – 52.4, Burkina Faso – 59.9, Burundi – 59.6, Cameroon – 57.3, Central African Republic – 52.5, Chad – 53.1, Guinea – 59, and Guinea-Bissau – 58.9.

So, here is the list of world countries where you’ll get to grow older than 80, barring unexpected circumstances:

Japan – 83.7
Switzerland – 83.4
Singapore – 83.1
Italy – 82.7
Israel – 82.5
France – 82.4
Sweden – 82.4
Canada – 82.2
Luxembourg – 82
Netherlands – 81.9
Norway – 81.8
Malta – 81.7
New Zealand – 81.6
Austria – 81.5
Belgium – 81.1
Finland – 81.1
Germany – 81
Denmark – 80.6
Chile – 80.5
Cyprus – 80.5

JNi.Media

Ebola Reaches Global Milestone

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The world passed a milestone on Thursday when Ebola killed it’s 10,000th person in the biggest Ebola outbreak ever, according to the World Health Organization.

Moth of the deaths occurred in West Africa.

This Ebola outbreak was first detected in March 2014.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Ingenuity Helps Stop Spread of Ebola

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Israeli ingenuity is helping to stop the spread of the Ebola virus with a new sterile tent, produced by Israel’s SYS Technologies. At least 5,000 people in eight different countries have died of the disease thus far, out of 10,000 infected during the current outbreak.

The Or Akiva-based SYS Technologies firm specializes in mobile operating theaters and clean air systems. Its new special inflatable isolation tents have already been installed in Guinea, one of the three hardest-hit West African nations.

Other African nations have also purchased the tents in the hopes of halting the spread of the deadly virus.

“There is currently no effective treatment for Ebola, so the principal weapon against it is to isolate the patients so that others aren’t infected,” says Yossi Yonah, who is responsible for marketing the tents.

“Our units are far more readily available than other mobile structures and they are hermetically sealed and protect the surroundings from the patients.”

It takes two weeks for the company to produce and deliver the tents – already inflated – in accordance with the client’s specifications.

Positive pressure technology is used to create the absolutely clear and isolated environment inside the tent, and to maintain the structure. In addition, the company created an incubator-like stretcher for safe transfer of patients to the isolation tents.

Hana Levi Julian

Ebola and “Palestine” Recognition, Today’s Two Most Dangerous International Epidemics‏

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The power of the Ebola virus is like the premise of too many science-fiction books and movies. WHO World Health Organization:

The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

4. What are typical signs and symptoms of infection? Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. (WHO)

Media headlines about how contagious it can be how easily it spreads make the idea of  flying in a plane or going to the hospital seem unnecessarily dangerous.

WHO

First signs are like a bad case of the flu, and it’s too easy to miss-diagnose it. That’s also how medical workers are getting sick, and then consider how many people each affected nurse, doctor etc. see on a daily basis, and you really do feel that a medical disaster movie is being played in real life.

Reuters

The Jerusalem Post has reported that people who have arrived from the “affected areas” are being searched for to make sure none are carrying the dreaded Ebola virus. Considering the amount of tourism to Israel and the number of illegal workers from Africa, this is a danger. Yes, it’s a medical danger.

But there’s a different sort of danger encroaching on Israel, and that’s the growing de facto if not de jure recognition of “Palestine” as a nation by foreign countries and international bodies/organizations/NGOs.

There are two equally dangerous reasons for this, and by looking at the above map, you can see that although most Israelis try not to pay too much attention, this is no minor phenomena. Most of the world would be perfectly happy for “Palestine” to replace Israel, because the basis for their recognition is that they, and many world leaders, academics and ordinary people even in countries that haven’t yet recognized this new Arab country firmly and sincerely believe that Israel/Jews invaded an ancient country called “Palestine” and imposed a “new” Jewish one now called Israel. This very popular and accepted fallacy is the most dangerous “disease” which we in Israel must fight. It’s more dangerous than Ebola for sure.

Among the foreign leaders who firmly, religiously believe in the myth of Palestine is United States President Barack Hussein Obama. And unfortunately, Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who support the “two state solution,” enabling the establishment of a state called “Palestine” are actually undermining the security and continued existance of the State of Israel.

Bibi’s claims that he can control and limit the parameters of such a state in terms of demilitarization etc is just plain poppycock.

I’m more worried about the dangers of the Palestine virus than the Ebola one.

 

Batya Medad

Israel Starting Inoculation Drive to Prevent Polio Spread

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Israel’s Health Ministry will inoculate about 200,000 children with a weakened, live form of the polio virus in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease after its discovery in wastewater.

The announcement of the campaign on Sunday comes in response to the discovery in May of the polio virus in wastewater in Israel’s South that reportedly had been there since February.

Children up to age 9 will be inoculated with the vaccine. The children already have been inoculated against polio in their regular childhood vaccinations.

The purpose of the extra vaccine is to pass the weakened virus to adults with whom the children come into contact who may not previously have been vaccinated.

Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered half a million doses of the live weakened vaccine, and has taken delivery on 200,000 doses, which were distributed Sunday to clinics in the South.

There is a less than one in a million chance that an adult exposed to the vaccine will develop the disease.

Across Israel, the vaccination rate against polio is 94 percent, according to the World Health Organization, which is supporting the vaccination campaign and whose representatives reportedly called it “necessary.”

After being detected in May, the virus was detected in samples from at least 10 sites in Israel, mostly from the southern part of the country, according to WHO. In July, the virus also was found in sewage systems in Ramle, Lod, Modi’in and communities in the center of the country.

It is believed the virus was brought to Israel from Egypt; polio was discovered in sewage in Egypt in December. The same virus also is prevalent in Pakistan.

Israel experienced its last case of polio in 1988.

WHO sent a delegation to Israel in recent weeks to investigate the situation. There is concern in Europe that the disease will spread from Israel to other countries.

JTA

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