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.