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May 23, 2013 1:00 pm

Syria Slams Israel at WHO Assembly that Ignores Syrian Civil War

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Flag of the World Health Organization (WHO). Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Syria presented a report to the U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday slamming what it says is the “deterioration of the health conditions of the Syrian population in the occupied Golan as a result of the suppressive practices of the Israeli occupation” during a conference that ignored the mass deaths of the Syrian civil war.

Under the rubric of “Health Conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Including East Jerusalem, and in the Occupied Syrian Golan,” WHO’s 66th World Health Assembly featured four reports scrutinizing Israel. According to the UN Watch nonprofit, nowhere in the WHO agenda was there any mention of the more than 80,000 civilians slaughtered in Syria, the tens of thousands more who have been injured or disfigured, the 2.5 million refugees, including 600,000 children, strewn across the region, or the 2 million children internally displaced.

In a statement, Israel’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. and other international organizations in Geneva responded, “The Health Assembly is not the forum to discuss the narrative of an ongoing conflict, nor the place to decide on political matters. The constantly improving health situation in the Palestinian territory as reflected by a number of indicators and the fact that all residents of the Golan Heights enjoy high-quality medical services equal to all other residents of Israel, only emphasize that it is better for the World Health Assembly to turn its attention and limited financial resources toward regions in which its involvement is really required and highly expected.”

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