Cynical censure of Israel

Rodney Mazinter’s brilliant letter below was published in The Sunday Times on 22 November 2020.

Cynicism masquerading as humanitarianism and compassion is alive and well in the highest echelons of the UN. It reveals a self-imposed blindness bolstered by lies and distortions to underpin the wild assertions trotted out to vilify and condemn Israel.

The World Health Organisation, to its everlasting discredit, becomes a standard bearer for hypocrisy and lies. At its annual assembly they deviated from their focus on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic by holding a four-hour session focused on a condemnation of Israel by some 30 delegations, including Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Malaysia, Lebanon and Venezuela, allegedly for violating the health rights of Palestinians and Syrians in the Golan Heights.

There was no agenda item or resolution on any other country or conflict – not on Syria, which slaughtered over 500, 000 of its own people, where hospitals and other medical infrastructure are repeatedly and deliberately bombed by Syrian forces; not on war-torn Yemen, where 14-million are in dire need of health assistance; and not on Iran, whose surrogates, Hezbollah, caused an explosion that killed over 200 and injured many more.

All this against the backdrop of Israel’s humanitarian efforts to bring the best of medical aid, even to countries that slander it.

The cynicism of the WHO is mind-blowing and disgraceful.

Rodney Mazinter

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