The World Health Assembly adopts a resolution in favor of the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories

Geneva-(ST)-Today, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution in favor of the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories, stressing the need to ensure fair, safe and non-discriminatory access to COVID-19 vaccines to the people of the Golan and to the Palestinians in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, in accordance with the provisions of international law.

 83 member states of the organization voted in favor of the draft resolution entitled "Health conditions in the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories", against the opposition of 14 members.


During its seventy-fourth session held in Geneva, the Assembly requested the Health Organization to continue strengthening partnerships with other United Nations agencies to enhance the capacities of the humanitarian health response in the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, by providing assistance and protection in a comprehensive and sustainable manner during the Corona pandemic and after the end of the crisis.

The permanent representative of Syria to the United Nations and international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Husam al-Din Aala, in a speech before voting on the draft resolution indicated that the systematic discriminatory practices imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities in an attempt to change the geographical and demographic character and impose their illegal occupation through the seizure of lands, displacement and deprivation of their owners and planting mines in agricultural areas and the periphery of populated areas, as a whole, are obstacles to the realization of the right to health for the Syrian citizens of the Golan Heights, violations of obligations under international humanitarian law, and a violation of the principles approved by the Constitution of the World Health Organization regarding the fundamental right of peoples and individuals to enjoy health without discrimination and importance.

Ambassador Ala condemned the massacres committed by the Israeli occupation during its recent aggression on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the death of more than 250 Palestinians, including 66 children, and the wounding of about 2,000 others with various injuries, the destruction of thirty medical facilities, including the only central laboratory designated for Corona tests, and the disruption of the hospitals' ability to operate to their full capacity,and hindering the movement of ambulances as a result of the Israeli warplanes targeting the main roads in the Gaza Strip.

Ambassador Ala emphasized that these crimes against the Palestinians illustrate the human tragedy caused by the Israeli occupation and its aggressive practices, and stress the importance of providing protection for the Palestinian people and mobilizing international support for the Palestinian health sector, which is already exhausted as a result of the practices of the Israeli occupation authorities and their blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The ambassador called on the organization to implement the decisions of the World Health Assembly, which was entrusted with the task of submitting periodic reports on the situation in the occupied Arab territories based on an assessment and monitoring conducted by the organization's experts and providing assistance in the health field to the Syrian citizens in the occupied Golan, warning of the occupation's attempts to impose its mandate on the occupied Syrian Golan In violation of Security Council Resolution No. 497 of 1981.

It is noteworthy that the World Health Assembly is the highest decision-making body in the World Health Organization, and the Syrian Arab Republic is participating in its current seventy-fourth session with a delegation headed by Minister of Health Dr. Hassan Al-Ghobash.

Haifaa Mafalani