The WHO’s Coronavirus Missteps Shouldn’t Surprise Those Familiar with Its Record on Israel

May 11, 2020 | Mitchell Bard
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Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has received harsh criticism for its apparent cooperation with China’s efforts to repress information about the severity and danger of the COVID-19 outbreak. But the WHO’s credibility should already be suspect given the fact that it has consistently singled out the Jewish state for calumny. Mitchell Bard writes:

A year ago, WHO member countries voted 96 to eleven—with the U.S. in opposition—for an annual resolution blaming Israel for “health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory [sic], including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.” While one might expect the WHO to be apolitical, it—like nearly every other UN-associated organ—is used by Israel’s enemies as a platform for viciously attacking the Jewish state. What may be even more disturbing is that democracies that should know better—including France, Belgium, and Sweden—joined in the unjustified condemnation of Israel.

[O]ut of 21 items on the WHO agenda, the only one focused on a specific country concerned Israel. This targeting of Israel has been going on since at least 2000.

In 2017, reportedly under pressure from Syria, the WHO hid a positive report on Israel. This was especially galling given that four years earlier the Israel Defense Forces had begun treating hundreds of sick and wounded Syrians at field hospitals staffed by volunteers in the Golan Heights. . . . The operation was shut down in September 2018 after Syria’s brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad reestablished control over southern Syria in that country’s civil war.

While the WHO condemns Israel for health conditions on the Golan Heights, it says nothing about Assad’s attacks on hundreds of Syrian medical facilities and the humanitarian disaster he has created in the war against his own people. The WHO simply refers to “attacks” as if no one is responsible.

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