Geneva-SANA-World Health Assembly stressed the importance of ensuring the availability of psychological , physical and environmental health services and availability of COVID-19 vaccines in an equitable, safe and non-discriminatory manner to the people of the occupied Syrian Golan and to the Palestinians in the occupied territories in accordance with the provisions of international law.
This came during the Assembly’s adoption at its seventy-fifth session today of a resolution in favor of the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories, entitled “Health Conditions in the Occupied Syrian Golan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” by a majority of 77 member states against 14 opposition.
The Assembly drew attention to the need on continuing and enhancing partnerships with other United Nations agencies to support the humanitarian health response capabilities in the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, by providing assistance and protection in a comprehensive and sustainable manner during the Corona pandemic and after the end of the epidemiological crisis, in addition to addressing the health needs of prisoners in detained in the prisons of the Israel’s entity, Supporting the Palestinian health sector and providing technical assistance in the health field to the Syrians in the occupied Golan.
Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations and international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Husam El-Din Ala, pointed out in a statement ahead voting on the draft resolution that the systematic aggressive practices and settlement activities imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities in the occupied Syrian Golan damage the living conditions of its Syrian children and violate their basic human rights, including the right of health.
Ambassador Ala welcomed the Assembly ’s intention to conduct a field assessment of the health conditions of Syrian citizens in the occupied Golan, stressing the importance of conducting the said assessment without preconditions, taking into account the legal obligations imposed on the Occupying Entity under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and relevant Security Council resolutions, which confirmed that the imposition of the Israeli occupation its jurisdiction over the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and has no international legal effect.
“The occupation authorities’ refusal to allow the Organization access to the occupied Golan impedes the organization’s ability to carry out its tasks and implement the decisions of the WHO,” the Ambassador said.
Ambassador Ala noted that the systematic discriminatory practices imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities, such as planting mines in and around Syrian cities and villages in the occupied Golan, setting up giant wind turbines in their surroundings, stealing water resources and using them for the benefit of settlers, and the lack of integrated hospitals and medical centers that provide health care to Syrians threaten the lives of our people in the Occupied Golan violates their basic human rights and constitutes an obstacle in their entirety to the realization of the right to health in clear violation of obligations under international humanitarian law and the principles established by the Constitution of the World Health Organization regarding the fundamental right of peoples and individuals to enjoy health without discrimination.
The Ambassador condemned the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians, which resulted in the martyrdom of 257 Palestinians, the injury of more than 2,350 others, and the destruction of 36 medical facilities, according to the annual report of the Director-General of the organization, stressing the importance holding Israel the responsibility for its violations of international law, United Nations resolutions and the World Health Organization through disinformation campaigns and through spreading lies.