Discrediting the World Health Organization’s Biased Report

On May 20, 2016, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health submitted a report on the health condition of the Palestinian population to the WHO. Based on that report, the WHO passed a resolution which singled out Israel as a violator of “mental, physical and environmental health”, condemned Israel for its alleged responsibility for many of the Palestinian health problems, and prioritized investigating Israel on those grounds.

However, after analyzing the report, it becomes clear that it is highly politicized, and contains many false and unproved “facts”. Unfortunately, it seems that the report was more of an attempt to de-legitimize Israel, rather than an accurate portrayal of the Palestinian health condition, and the real causes for that condition.

In order to discredit the report and the WHO’s blind adaptation of it, and highlight its political nature masked as a medical report, the ILF, in cooperation with doctors and medical professionals from all over the world, put together a document which points out the non-scientific nature, and many of the false “facts” which are used as the basis of the report.

The document stressed that allowing such a political and misleading report to be presented to the WHO is unethical, and detrimental to the development and improvement of the health conditions in areas controlled by the PA. It also causes widespread damage, by setting dangerous precedent of exploiting a medical organization, the WHO in this case, as a political battering tool.

The WHO declares that its goals are “to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world”. In order to fulfill these goals, the WHO must remain above politics, and not allow important discussions about people’s health to be hijacked by political agendas.

Click here to read the document.

Click here to view the list of signatures.

Following ILF Investigation: Authorities to Shut Down Organization Supporting Terrorism

In December 2014 the ILF received information regarding a suspicion that the Israeli NGO “The Committee of Agricultural Works” (CAW) was actively supporting terror activity. ILF investigation revealed that in fact CAW had no real activity, and its sole purpose was to act as a front for an organization situated in Gaza, The Union of Agricultural Work Committees, which is a subsidiary to the terror organization The Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

CAW’s sole purpose was to deceive foreign donors, particularly foreign governments and aid organizations, masquerading as a humanitarian organization. In effect CAW enabled the presentation of an Israeli NGO registration certificate, supposedly proving its legitimate activities, all the while transferring any charitable funds it received to a subsidiary of the PFLP. The organization was able, using these methods, to raise approximately 9.5 million dollars a year.

Since December 2014 has operated consistently, meeting with several key factors within the Authority and drafting numerous requests. The ILF provided the Israeli Corporations Authority with evidence proving CAW’s illegal activity and support for terror, and requested that the organization be shut down.

The issue was resolved on July 7, 2016, when the ILF received an official response from the Israeli Corporations Authority stating that after examination of the case, and the failure of the CAW to provide satisfactory answers, they will begin the process of closing down the organization.

Following this significant success, the ILF intends to monitor the proceedings in the Israeli courts and make sure the NGO is shut down as quickly as possible, and to contact foreign donors with this new information, in order to prevent additional funds from reaching the terror group in Gaza.

The ILF will continue to work to ensure that no funds, and particularly not funds intended to support human rights, end up in the hands of terrorists.

Click here to read the Israel Hayom article (Hebrew).

Click here to watch the Israel Hayom interview with ILF Director Yifa Segal (English).