Rep. Zeldin: World Health Organization’s (WHO) Resolution Calling for Investigation into Israel is Destructive and Irresponsible | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin: World Health Organization’s (WHO) Resolution Calling for Investigation into Israel is Destructive and Irresponsible

June 2, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement in response to a World Health Organization (WHO) resolution that calls for an investigation into alleged mental, physical and environmental health rights abuses by Israel:

“The WHO resolution calling for an investigation into Israel as a violator of “mental, physical and environmental health” rights abuses is destructive and irresponsible.

The UN and its affiliated agencies have a long history of singling out Israel. In fact, Israel was the only country that was singled out; the only resolution that focused on a specific country. In a letter last week to WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, Israel’s Yesh Atid Party leader, Yair Lapid, noted that this resolution is “a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism.” 

Meanwhile, the United Nations refuses to appropriately address the oppression and human rights abuses levied in Gaza every day by Hamas. It also fails to recognize Israel’s work in treating injured Syrians who are taken to hospitals and are given first rate medical care at no expense.

The UN will continue to lose its credibility if it continues to unfairly single out Israel while taking a blind eye to the real issues elsewhere in the Middle East and around the world.”