Psak 5770 Cheshvan 11
Translation from Hebrew of the 8 Adar, 5769 (4 March 2009) statement:
Letter to the Secretary General of the U.N. regarding the Goldstone Report
In the name of G-d, Lord of the universe
11 Marheshvan 5770
October 28, 2009
The Secretary General of the United Nations
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
United Nations Building
New York City
To all the nations who are members in the United Nations, all together and each one separately
We open with the Hebrew expression that begins every letter.
Two weeks ago on the day the UN Council for Human Rights passed a resolution in Geneva (on 29/7/5770 to the Creation of the world, known generally as October 17, 2009) to hand over the Goldstone Report for discussion and approval in the UN Security Council, we sent you a copy of the injunction issued by the Sanhedrin’s Court that prohibits any of the UN institutions from deliberating on this matter.
The injunction is attached again.
Perhaps you asked yourself by what authority does the Sanhedrin’s Court issue injunctions to the United Nations.
The International Court of the Sanhedrin operates by the power of the Bible, the only Holy Writ whose essence was handed over to mankind at Mt. Sinai [the Torah] and the Prophets who are held in respect by all of the nations of the world to whom the prophets were also sent. By virtue of this delegated authority which is passed down from one generation to the next ever since the time of Moses our teacher, the master of all of the prophets, and by virtue of the succession of authority in Jewish tradition, we appealed to you that you might not fail and thus fail the world, bringing upon it catastrophe by releasing the lash that has come to attack the State of Israel , which is nothing other than an attack on the Jewish people in order to try to remove it from the stage of history by an unprecedented shedding of blood, with a sham prevention but with the actual encouragement of Iran and those like it to continue to develop weapons of mass destruction while the rest of the world sits by and looks on.
The Sanhedrin International Court has treated the UN with great consideration in warning it not to deliberate a hostile, fallacious, and malicious report . lacking any moral basis.
We are convinced that the continued discussion which is also your responsibility will lead the nations of the world and all of mankind to the judgment that will take place in Jerusalem in the Valley of Jehoshafat as written in the Prophets and Torah of Israel.
From the Book of Joel 4:
1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshafat; and I will enter into judgment with them there for My people and for My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and divided My land. …
15 The sun and the moon are become black, and the stars withdraw their shining.
16 And the LORD shall roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the LORD will be a refuge unto His people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel.
17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain; then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through here any more.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall flow with waters; and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for their violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Judah shall be inhabited for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
21 And I will hold as innocent their blood that I have not held as innocent; and the LORD dwelleth in Zion.
We have contacted you in order to give you the merit that will save you from this terrible trial, the trial of judgment day. We are again sending you this warning calling upon you personally to declare publicly that Goldstone’s document is not acceptable.
We also made a productive suggestion, that you establish an investigative committee agreed upon by the Jewish people and the Government of Israel, to investigate the background to the outbreak of Operation "Cast Lead" and the UN’s contribution to its outbreak together with additional factors.
Your important organization may still be reformed, insofar as it pays heed to the spirit of the words of the Prophets and the Torah and listens to the word of G-d.
This could be your blessed initiative, To accept for yourself and your organization the original spirit that formed its basis: to establish peace in the world acting for the King of the universe.
The verse from the Prophet Isaiah “Let them beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks and they shall not learn war anymore,”- symbolized by a sculpture inside the UN building and engraved on a wall facing the entrance – will never be realized through the Goldstone Report and the traditional policy of the UN regarding the State of Israel.
Your welcome action is anxiously awaited by all mankind. You have the power to help contribute to the prevention of wars.
May you be blessed by G-d for this.
Rabbi Dov Stein, Secretary of the Sanhedrin
Rabbi Professor Hillel Weiss, Spokesman of the Sanhedrin
Here is the reply of the U.N.
Here is the court's response to the letter of the U.N.
December 6, 2009
Mr. Michael Meyer,
Director of Communications
To the honorable Mr. Michael Meyer,
Thank you very much for your response from November 11, 2009. Unfortunately, we cannot accept its content.
On the contrary, we protest the content of the letter due to the reasons which will be detailed shortly, and we continue to hold by our position that the United Nations is emptying itself from its role and is undermining its foundations. Instead of bringing peace to the world, it is possible that it is in fact inciting war.
The International Court of the Sanhedrin, by means of its commission to investigate Goldstone, the United Nations, and the Israeli Government, has already sent a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, dated October 17, 2009, prohibiting the Security Council from discussing the Goldstone Report. The letter is attached for your reference.
The Court’s authority is derived the divine source of the Bible.
The international conventions derived from it are valid so long as they do not contradict the Bible and its spirit. As is known, the Bible contains G-d’s promise to our forefathers to give us the Land of Israel, and in the Bible, its borders are outlined. The foundational documents of the enlightened nations, like the Magna Carta of Britain, the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, and of other nations, are based on the Bible and its principles.
As is known, the Goldstone Report would be rejected in the Security Council if it were to be presented there, due to certain Security Council member states’ who would veto discussion on the matter, in addition to the prohibition of the International Court of the Sanhedrin. States who suffer from terrorism would vote against it, like Russia, China, and France. Their announcements were made and publicized before the discussion in the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Therefore, the discussion in the General Assembly is an act of political provocation. The act of referral to the Security Council is unnecessary and damaging. And this is all in addition to the fact that as time passes, it becomes clear that the Report itself is made of malicious quotes which were not investigated by Judge Goldstone, but rather were sent to him as facts by organizations who purposefully slander the State of Israel and its army, in order to deprive it of its right to self defense.
Moves such as these sabotage the foundations of the United Nations, which is supposed to be based on justice and the development of peace and truth.
We hope that Mr. Ban ki-Moon will override the decision of the United Nations to transfer the Goldstone Report, and will explain to the General Assembly its lack of benefit. We hope that he will then put forth fitting proposals regarding composing a new report, free of the prior judges and its decision making methods, and suggest a way for proper, agreeable discussion by mediators accepted by both sides in order to determine the status of international conventions and international laws in the matters of war and terror.
At this time, we suggest, for the good of the United Nations and its international prestige, that it sees the word of G-d in the Bible as the basis to all its actions, and that the United Nations is bound by the League of Nations’ decisions made at the San Remo Convention, and the agreements signed between 1922 and 1923 on the basis of the Bible, and that these agreements are all binding.
The Sanhedrin would be happy to host members of a United Nations delegation in the Holy City of Jerusalem, the capital of the Kingdom of Israel, the Kingdom of David, and the State of Israel, in order to arrive at understandings in subjects upon which world peace depend.
With great respect,
Rabbi Dov Stein – Secretary
Rabbi Hillel Weiss – Speaker
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