Last month’s World Health Assembly, which was held in Geneva under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO), featured the usual reports and resolutions condemning Israel. A visitor from another planet might ask what Israel has to do with the challenges of Ebola, measles, obesity or Alzheimer’s. The answer, of course, is that there is no connection. Like witch-burnings and blood libels in earlier periods of history, Israel-bashing is a standard form of 21st century anti-Semitism.
This ritual is featured in every UN Human Rights Council session, in university BDS campaigns and in the activities of radical labour unions. In the case of the WHO, the consequences of this diversion of resources are concrete and deadly, and it is compounded by barriers to co-operation with Israeli medical professionals, who are among the best in the world.
The WHO propaganda war is led by what remains of Syria’s dictatorship – which is among the gravest human rights violators in the world – and propped up by the genocidal Iranian regime, as well as Russia, another egregious human rights abuser.
One resolution – which was co-sponsored by Cuba, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Venezuela, and had the automatic support of over 50 countries from the Islamic bloc – was titled, “Health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.” It once again blamed Israel for health-care deficiencies among Palestinians, while ignoring the corruption and the diversion of massive amounts of international humanitarian aid to building terror tunnels, buying rockets and paying terrorists and their families.