A resolution has been passed by the United Nations UNESCO that denies any and all connections between the Jews and Jerusalem, as well as the Temple Mount. This is all thanks to a Palestinian initiative.
The draft resolution, submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan, will be referred to UNESCO’s executive board for formal approval next week.
Twenty-four countries voted in favor of the proposal: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chad, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan and Vietnam.
Six countries voted against it: Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.
While 26 countries abstained from the vote: Albania, Argentina, Cameroon, El Salvador, France, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Vincent and Nevis, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Ukraine.
Serbia and Turkmenistan were absent from the vote all together.
As part of these efforts, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a pamphlet of the historical Jewish connection to Jerusalem, which has been distributed to all 120 permanent delegates to UNESCO whose countries have diplomatic relations with Israel.
The proposal fails to acknowledge the clear ties Jewish people have with the Temple Mount. This proposal omits the Jewish name from the holy site completely referring to it only as it’s Muslim name Al-Haram Al-Sharif. The Palestinians have alleged that quite a few different manners of destruction to their historical heritage have come from Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has this to say on the issue:
“To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall is like saying China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. With this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it once had. However, I believe that the historical truth will prevail,”
Ambassador Carmel Shama Hacohen also spoke on behalf of what Israeli efforts were working against the resolution stating that:
“We are mobilizing to erode and drive a wedge in the automatic majority that has stood against us for the past two years,” he said. “The efforts are indeed bearing fruit: From the situation we were in when only the USA voted for us alone, we’ve gradually increased the number to six countries and also increased the number of abstainers.”
“Israel and the Jewish people don’t require UNESCO’s or any other country’s confirmation of the special connection between the Jewish people and the State of Israel and Jerusalem in general and the holy sites therein like the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in particular.”
“There is no connection of another people to another place in the world that comes close to the strength and depth of our connection to Jerusalem from a religious, historical and national perspective, a connection that has stood the test of 2,000 years.”
What do you think on this issue? Could it be possible for Jews to have no credible ties to Jerusalem itself or is this a load of bull? The United States is working to get majority vote shifted to be against this proposal, but only time will tell.