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"Absurd and antisemitic"

In Paris today, a majority of the Arabs adopted a resolution mentioning the Temple of Jerusalem only under the Muslim name of "Al Haram Al Sharif".

Other holy places in Judaism, such as the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron or Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, are still guided by the Muslim name. Israel judged this as a clear sign that the Jewish and Christian references to these places, especially Temple Mount and Jerusalem's Western Wall (Kotel), were questioned. 

According to Israeli media reports, 24 nations have voted in favour of the resolution; six are said to have voted against the vote, including the US, UK and Germany. In addition, there were 26 abstentions.

REUVEN RIVLIN

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin had criticised the decision on Thursday, referring to the imminent folk festival: "There are no holidays connected to Jerusalem other than Sukkot. All the celebrations in Israel highlight the inseparable union between our people and our country, "said Rivlin. Nobody in this world could deny this connection. "We can understand criticism, but you cannot change the story."

Minister of Culture Miri Regev, also criticised: "With or without UNESCO, Temple Mount was the most holy place of the Jewish people - and it will continue to be." The Yesh Atid Knesset Deputy Micki Levy called the decision "absurd and antisemitic." He questioned on Facebook whether the relationship between Catholics to the Vatican or Muslims to the Kaaba in Mecca would be questioned.

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has asked UNESCO to distance itself from the "rebellious and one-sided decision" that strongly condemns Israel and plays down the Christian and Jewish connections to Holy Places in Jerusalem and West Jordan. 

The resolution, which was launched by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, is a "document full of false accusations against Israel, using aggressive language that only causes unrest and tensions "Said WJC CEO Robert Singer. Every attempt to rewrite the history of Jerusalem by denying that the Temple Mount was a holy place in Jerusalem long before the advent of Islam was to be condemned by the member states of UNESCO. 

"We should expect a balanced and fair decision, based on facts and not fiction, from a body such as UNESCO." The WJC therefore urges all countries to make such obvious attempts to preserve UNESCO for political reasons, said the statement. 

"CULTURAL TERRORISM" 

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) also commented on the UNESCO decision. Moshe Kantor, president of the EJC, sharply condemned the resolution: "This is cultural terrorism." Kantor emphasized: "Sadly, truth and history became the latest victims in the UN's hostility to Israel and the Jews," said Kantor.

"This vote is an attempt to eradicate the Jewish people from history. If there was no Jewish connection to Jerusalem, there would obviously be no Jewish people. All the countries which had not voted against this absurd and dishonest resolution would now bear the mark of Cain."

As early as April of this year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised a corresponding UNESCO resolution: "The UN resolution is absurd and ignores the unique historical connection of Judaism to Temple Mount," said Netanyahu. "In this place stood the two temples for a thousand years, where every Jew prayed in the world for a thousand years."

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It is one of 16 specialised agencies of the United Nations and is based in Paris. 

Click here to read the full article in Judische Allgemeine

 

Friday, October 14, 2016
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