UNESCO passes resolution denying Jewish ties with Temple Mount
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday passed a contentious anti-Israel resolution denying Jewish connections to the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem.So even the Western Wall's deemed invalid in their little screed. Egypt's participation in this should also be cause for concern. Israeli politicians have condemned the steps taken at the UN:
24 UNESCO member states voted in favor of the resolution, 26 abstained, and only six countries voted against.
The proposal, put forth by the Palestinians, along with Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, condemns Israel on several issues related to Jerusalem and its holy sites.
The draft resolution, a copy of which was obtained by Ha'aretz, acknowledges that the city of Jerusalem is holy to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity but says the Temple Mount holy site is sacred only to Muslims and fails to mention its significance to Jews.
An entire section of the proposal dedicated specifically to the Temple Mount complex refers only to the site's Muslim names (Al-Aqsa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif) and fails to mention its Hebrew or English names (Har HaBayit or Temple Mount).
The resolution refers also to the Western Wall plaza by its Muslim name (al-Buraq plaza) and only mentions its Hebrew-Jewish name (Hakotel Hama'aravi) later in quotation marks.
Those who deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are simply embarrassing themselves President Reuven Rivlin, a seventh generation Jerusalemite, said on Thursday.He's nailed it perfectly. The UN's long been irrelevant and should have its funding revoked.
Rivlin was speaking to children decorating the sukkah at his official residence, in advance of the projected UNESCO vote on a Palestinian resolution to rewrite history and ignore the fact that Jews made pilgrimages to the Temple in Jerusalem long before the advent of Islam.
Rivlin recalled that when he was a boy prior to the establishment of the state, he used to accompany his father to the Western Wall before the recitation of the final Yom Kippur prayers, so that they could hear the shofar at the conclusion of the service.
Today, he said, there is an attempt to silence the shofar. “It’s not that they don’t want to hear it. They just don’t want us there,” he said of Wakf and UNESCO attempts to remove the Jewish presence from Jerusalem.
After the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision was a continuation of the "theater of the absurd" at UNESCO, and suggested that soon the body would claim that the arch of Titus in Rome, depicting the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., is a piece of Zionist propaganda.
"However, I believe that the historical truth is stronger, and that it will prevail," he said.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said “the Jewish People have an unequivocal connection to our holy places. UNESCO and the UN have no connection to history or reality.
“Unfortunately, again and gain we see the irrelevance of the UN and its institutions. This decision is a message to the inciters and the rewriters of history who are working tirelessly with hatred. Thousands of votes won’t erase the Jewish People’s close ties to our holy sites and the Western Wall,” he added.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said the UNESCO decision is "as absurd as disconnecting Christianity from the Vatican or Islam from Mecca."That's how it's been for several years now, and no sane person would have anything to do with the UN.
"UNESCO claims there's no connection between the Kotel and Judaism; I say there's no connection between UNESCO and reality," he stated.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said the UN is "breaking its own records of ignorance, antisemitism and irrelevance. An organization that claims to represent education and science for the UN is representing rotten politics and is ruled by Islamic dictatorships."
Update: United With Israel has a video about a golden bell worn by high priests in ancient times that shatters the UN narrative. Update 2: Dr. Haim Shine has more on the UN's anti-semitism, and so does Nadav Shragai.