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World Health Organization Launches Investigation of Israel

In the era of Zika, chikungya, and Ebola (and other important, but more positive, disease-related news like the impending eradication of Guinea worm), you’d think the WHO would have its hands full. But you’d be wrong. Janice Halpern in the Wall Street Journal:

Yet the WHO found time at its annual meeting in May to tackle what it must consider a particularly pressing item: Israel, specifically conditions in “the occupied Palestinian territory” and “the occupied Syrian Golan.” A resolution, reported by the Geneva-based UN Watch, proposed that a field assessment be conducted to investigate. It passed 107-8, with eight abstentions.

The resolution, sponsored by the Palestinian delegation and the Arab bloc, was the only country-specific one considered. The WHO’s session neglected to address the bombing of Syrian hospitals by Syrian and Russian warplanes. It skipped the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, where the Saudi-led bombings and blockade have left millions without food and water.

Israel, like any country, makes mistakes. Its actions should be scrutinized, but it shouldn’t be held to an arbitrary, higher standard. Far from being outraged, the WHO should laud the Jewish state for its treatment of Syrians in the Golan. Israeli hospitals have stepped up to provide medical treatment to more than 3,000 refugees from the brutal civil war.

As Halpern points out, health conditions in the West Bank are by many measures unexceptional—indeed, they’re arguably better than those in any neighboring Arab country. No crisis precipitated this. And the WHO’s remit does not encompass geopolitics. 

But for Israel, there’s always an exception.

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  • qet

    This nonsense is not occurring in a vacuum. Neither does the US CDC’s remit encompass domestic politics, yet it routinely medicalizes any political issue it can for the purpose of advancing a distinctly and undisguised Leftist political agenda; witness the recent outcry from the Left when the CDC was told it could not use its funds to “study” gun violence or the “effects” of global warming. The CDC and the WHO are Trojan Horses of the Left to carry its politics into the castle.

    • Frank Natoli

      Thank you. When I had to change doctors, thanks to Democrat voters and ACA, my new doctor had a form which among other things asked “do you have any firearms in the house”. I wrote “none of your ef-ing business”. Then I realized it wasn’t his fault. It was the fault of the aforementioned Democrat voters and the medicine man was just complying with the law(s). So I reprinted the form and left that question blank.

  • christophergreen

    I think that public health in the non-“occupied” part of Syria is rather poor. The UN and WHO are jokes. They are a complete waste of money and time.

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