The World Health Organization (WHO) called for an investigation into alleged abuses of “mental, physical and environmental health” rights by Israel, the only country singled out during the U.N. agency’s annual assembly in Geneva.
The motion was co-sponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Palestinian delegation, and it commissioned a WHO delegation to investigate and report on “the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory” and “the occupied Syrian Golan.”
France, Germany and the United Kingdom were among the 107 countries that voted for the proposal. Eight countries – the United States, Canada, Australia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea – voted against the resolution.
Watchdog organization UN Watch blasted the WHO resolution.
“The UN reached new heights of absurdity today,” said executive director Hillel Neuer immediately following the vote.
Neuer said the motion was more of a political and religious persecution than a measured policy since it did not address other alleged abuses in other Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia or Yemen.
“By scapegoating the Jewish state for all the world’s health problems, just as medieval Europe once accused the Jews of poisoning the wells, the EU aids and abets the UN and its World Health Organization to betray the cause of humanity and the very principles upon which they were founded,” he said.
The motion also raised criticism from inside Israel. Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid told WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan in a letter that the UN vote was “a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism.”
“The blame here lies with those who abuse medical facilities and turn them into military facilities. It is Hamas and the Islamic Jihad who should be the focus of your condemnation,” he wrote.
Lapid noted how Palestinian terrorists regularly use hospitals and schools to launch rockets at Israeli civilians, as was the case during Operation Protective Edge, while Israel set up a field hospital to treat injured Palestinians.
He further blasted WHO of allowing itself “to be used by those who seek to alienate the State of Israel through a campaign of de-legitimization. This orchestrated campaign against the sole Jewish state in the world is a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism.”