This is not a parody: World Health Organization condemns Israeli medical care for Syrians and 'Palestinians'
You can't make this stuff up. Israel has set up a field hospital for wounded Syrians on the Golan Heights, it provides regular, critical medical care to the 'Palestinians' regardless of their ability to pay, and it provides medical care that is otherwise unavailable to them to persons throughout the Arab world. And the response? The World Health Organization has condemned Israel
for the medical care it provides to Syrians and 'Palestinians
As thousands of people in large swathes of the planet, including
war-torn Syria, are dying daily for lack of adequate medical care, the
one geographic area whose “health conditions” are slated for condemnation
at the World Health Organization’s annual conference is, naturally,
“the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in
the occupied Syrian Golan.”
What makes this surreal isn’t just that the
above areas enjoy far better “health conditions” than much of the rest
of the world. It’s that the Palestinian Authority (Israel’s “peace
partner”), together with Syria and other Arab countries, is seeking to
condemn Israel at a time when it is actively providing medical services
to both Palestinians and Syrians.
The denunciation of health conditions on the Golan is particularly
surreal: Syrians in Syria, where medical care of any kind is often
would be thrilled to get the same state-of-the-art care as their
brethren on the Golan–where, as in East Jerusalem, Israeli law applies,
entitling residents to the same services as all other Israelis.
But thanks to Israel, some of those Syrians actually are getting such care–which is doubtless Syrian President Bashar Assad’s real gripe. Israel has quietly set up a field hospital
on the Golan where dozens of Syrians wounded in the civil war have been
treated; others, who need more intensive care, have been transferred to
regular Israeli hospitals.
Israel has also offered treatment to
some Syrian refugees. Just this month, via Israel’s Save a Child’s Heart
program, Israeli doctors saved the life
of a four-year-old Syrian refugee with a serious heart condition.
Similar treatment was offered to three other Syrian children in Jordan
who have similar conditions, but their parents refused: Apparently, they
fell victim to their own anti-Israel propaganda. Still, the doctors are
hoping they will change their minds once the first girl returns to
Jordan healthy and happy.
In the PA and Hamas-run Gaza... they have an advantage most other countries
with similar health-care systems don’t: generous access to Israeli
hospitals for any problems their own can’t treat. And you needn’t take
my word for it: Just this month, after PA Health Minister Hani Abdeen
visited Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported
that “30% of the patients who are children are Palestinians.” It also
reported that Hadassah is now training some 60 Palestinian doctors, who
will then return to serve the PA’s own population.
Surreal. And a clear demonstration of how Israel must ignore the 'international community.' No matter what we do, we will be condemned.
Labels: Golan Heights, Israeli medical care, Palestinians, Syrian uprising, World Health Organization