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Aryeh Avni
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Health Ministry revokes license of anti-vaccination doctor

Decision to strip Dr. Aryeh Avni of his right to practice medicine was made following string of statements lambasting the medical community, calls to avoid receiving the coronavirus vaccine and urging people to disregard health regulations

Nina Fox |
Published: 02.23.21 , 21:29
The Health Ministry has permanently revoked the medical license of vocal anti-vaccination doctor Aryeh Avni for his continued claims against inoculations including for coronavirus.
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  • The decision to revoke the license was made by retired judge Amnon Strashnov, who reasoned that Avni’s unproven and dogmatic anti-vaccination claims pose a real threat to public health, after he reviewed a report regarding Avni submitted to the medical community's disciplinary committee.
    "There is no doubt that [Avni’s] harsh and blatant statements in articles he published on his website, Facebook and recently also on YouTube against the coronavirus vaccination pose a real danger to public safety and health,” Strashnov stated in his decision.
    “Add to this his unbridled, blatant and baseless insults to the medical community and the heads of the Health Ministry - which go far beyond what is reasonable and permissible in the context of freedom of expression - and you have a clear view of the absolute anarchy that the recipient is trying to create.”
    In his decision, the former judge further explained Avni’s harsh punishment by reasoning the former doctor blatantly chose to ignore the studies proving the effectiveness of the vaccines, and that his statements showed a deep disrespect to Israel’s 5,000 plus coronavirus fatalities.
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    A medic administers the coronavirus vaccine in Petah Tikva
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    “Perhaps for the esteemed Dr. Avni the coronavirus is a curiosity or ‘joke’, but not for the thousands of patients, the dead and their relatives who have been afflicted by this terrible disease,” wrote Strashnov.
    Avni, a controversial figure among the Health Ministry , is known as a very vocal objector to vaccines, as well as a leading figure among those objecting to the coronavirus inoculation.
    His license has even been temporarily revoked for short periods in the past after he published articles lambasting medical professionals - and especially oncologists.
    Among other things, Avni posted on his Facebook page a call to the public to violate the Health Ministry’s coronavirus directives, as well as various articles against the medical community.

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