RAMALLAH (AFP) - The Palestinian health ministry has criticised the World Health Organisation for holding a conference in the contested city of Jerusalem, saying it violated WHO rules. On Monday, several hundred doctors and medical workers joined a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah to protest the organisation's decision to hold the conference on European health policy in the city. Palestinian health minister Fathi Abu Mughli said the protest contained "a message to the world to grant us our rights and not reward Israel for its continuing occupation." Staging the event in Jerusalem was "a violation of basic laws and regulations of the WHO," he added, without providing further details. Israel's health ministry confirmed that the conference, hosted by the Jewish state, was being held at a hotel in west Jerusalem and was scheduled to finish on Tuesday. The meeting was called to discuss strategies for a coordinated health policy across Europe with the goal of adopting a plan by 2012. Jerusalem remains at the heart of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, who want the city's east to serve as the capital of their future state. But Israel, which captured east Jerusalem in 1967 and annexed it later in a move never recognised by the international community, calls the city its eternal and indivisible capital. The city's thorny status is a minefield for international institutions and embassies, which usually place their missions to Israel in Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem, where the Israeli government is located.