Aug 17, 2022
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On Sunday, the World Health Assembly (WHA) will be voting on amendments proposed by the Biden administration scheduled as “Provisional agenda item 16.2”. If passed, the amendments will grant the World Health Organization’s Director-General the power to unilaterally declare health emergencies and decision-making authority over these emergencies, implementing quarantines, lockdowns, mandating vaccines, and passports. 

Many politicians have spoken out against these amendments and last week, the nascent Sanhedrin issued a ruling that if the Israeli government agrees to the agenda item, it will be “null and void from the outset.”

On Sunday, members of the nascent Sanhedrin released statements explaining their opposition to the WHO.

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, the former spokesman of the nascent Sanhedrin, emphasized that the WHO is not the correct body to run an international organization.

“The place for the nations to gather for such issues is in Jerusalem, not in Geneva, and the body to facilitate this is the Sanhedrin,” Rabbi Weiss said. He noted that in 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Council declared that abortions and euthanasia are universal human rights. “As the representative of the 70 nations, the United Nations has an obligation to uphold the Seven Noahide Laws. Abortion and euthanasia violate the prohibition against spilling blood. By allowing, actually mandating murder, the WHO has relinquished its right to represent the nations.”

Rav Hillel Weiss stands beside the menorah that was used to reenact the Temple service (Photo: The Temple Movement)

“The WHO has broken any faith the people had in them. They owe people explanations on many aspects of how the pandemic was handled. They have still not announced where the Coronavirus originated. They have not released accurate data on the vaccines. Even private doctors are required to be transparent to their patients. And private doctors do not take away the patient’s right to decide his own treatment.”

“The WHO has not only not earned the trust of the public and even more, there are many reasons to distrust them,” Rabbi Weiss said. “During the past two years, they took extreme measures, shutting down economies and pushing the vaccine. Even worse, we now know that many of the extreme measures had no effect.”

“The WHO acted as a political organization that worked hand-in-hand with the pharmaceutical companies. If they have the power to unilaterally declare a medical emergency, they will continue to do so at the slightest excuse.”

Rabbi Meir Hakak Halevy, a member and spokesman of the nascent Sanhedrin, argued that the WHO was not acting for the good of the public.

“The WHO advocates anti-Torah principles, which makes it unsuited to dictate to Israel how to handle health matters. But in addition, if the WHO is going to act as a representative of the nations, it must uphold their democratic ideals. And it does not. These amendments were put forward without any transparency. The public did not know of the vote or what it entails. And its intention is anti-democratic, giving power to unelected officials.” 

“There is no democratic country in the world that takes away a person’s sovereignty over their own health care. The WHO is not neutral, Their decisions, like this vote, are not transparent.”

“At the very least, the amendments should include guidelines to limit the WHO in what constitutes an emergency and what powers they have in these cases. But it does not. It does not describe how a country can object to the WHO’s decisions.”

“The WHO does not have a great record of serving the public’s best interests or of regulating itself,” Rabbi Halevy said. “They should not be given more power on top of what they already have.”

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