WHO accuses Israel of violating Palestinians health rights

WHO accuses Israel of violating Palestinians health rights

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World Health Organization held a session on Tuesday, in the only country-specific discussion, accusing Israel of violating the Palestinians health rights. They also passed a resolution for this issue.

Israel had been accused of violating the health rights of Palestinians and the Druze population in the Golan heights by the delegations from 25 countries.

However, the UN Watch slammed this agenda item. There is an automatic majority against the Jewish state. A similar resolution also passed in the earlier years, said the pro-Israel critics.

WHO held the same resolution for the debate and is preparing a report on health conditions in occupied Palestine, which includes east Jerusalem and occupied Syrian Golan.

The motion passed with 82 countries supporting it, 14 opposing, 40 abstaining, 38 absent, and submitted by the Palestinian delegation with 26 countries co-sponsored.

UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer said that out of 34 items on the current world health assembly’s Agenda, only one focuses on Israel’s specific country. He condemns the “cynical politicization of the WHO at the expense of focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and other vital global health priorities and emergencies”.

Neuer added the statement said that amid a global pandemic, the minority of Eu member states and other democracies who voted for the resolution should be ashamed. He said that to wage a political prosecution of Israel, these countries had encouraged the continued hijacking of the world’s health priorities and the diversion of precious time, money, and resources to fight global disease.

On the other hand, The Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision. They tweeted, saying, “the resolution affirms the unassailable international community’s support for the Palestinian people’s fundamental right to health, especially during this deadly pandemic and Israel’s systematic attacks on health facilities and personnel.”

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