UNESCO to vote on text describing Temple Mt, Western Wall as Muslim holy sites

An aerial view of the Temple Mount as seen on March 1, 2013. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

An aerial view of the Temple Mount as seen on March 1, 2013. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

In letter ahead of debate, US legislators urge agency to reject resolution, slam ‘obsessive hostility towards Israel’

(SOURCE)  A group of 39 US lawmakers called on UNESCO to oppose a resolution that would challenge Jewish and Christian historical ties to the Old City of Jerusalem.

In a letter initiated by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the lawmakers from both houses of Congress slammed what they called the UN’s “obsessive hostility towards Israel.”

That hostility, they wrote, “will be on display yet again this week as UNESCO considers another blatantly biased resolution that unjustly singles out our close ally Israel with false accusations and criticism, and attempts to erase the specific deep-rooted, historical connection of Jews and Christians to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.”

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, listens at a campaign stop at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/via JTA)

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, listens at a campaign stop at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/via JTA)

UNESCO’s Executive Board is meeting in Paris from October 4 to 18. Item 25 on the board’s agenda, under the title “Occupied Palestine,” “seems to prioritize the Muslim heritage of the Old City, while diminishing the ties of either of the other religions,” the letter reads.

The resolution, postponed from July’s meeting of the board in Istanbul, refers to holy sites in Jerusalem and its environs solely by their Muslim name.

It refers to Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs as the al-Ḥaram al-Ibrāhīmī and to Rachel’s Tomb outside Bethlehem as the Bilāl ibn Rabāḥ Mosque.

According to the lawmakers, “the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, along with the Western Wall, where Jews from all over the world have come to pray, are described exclusively as Muslim holy sites and referred to only by their Muslim names. When the Western Wall is referenced, it is only with quotation marks, implying that the title is unofficial and not based on historic fact.”

Ros-Lehtinen slammed the resolution’s “ill intent.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida. (AP/Harry Hamburg)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida. (AP/Harry Hamburg)

Its purpose, she said, was “to deny the historical record of the Jewish peoples’ connections to their holiest city and to imply that Jerusalem is inconsequential to Jews and Christians, with the intent of laying the groundwork for additional UN efforts to delegitimize Israel and undermine its status as the capital of the Jewish State,” she wrote.

The document relating to the agenda item shows that the resolution under discussion in Paris was itself a toned-down version of a virulently anti-Israel proposal raised in Istanbul.

The resolution removed a call for a return to what it called “the historic status quo” at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Israel is no longer referred to as the “occupying power,” and the Western Wall is no longer referred to as the Al-Buraq Plaza.

In June, the Palestinian delegation to UNESCO claimed Israel was preventing free Muslim access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a claim Israel has vociferously denied.

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque is built on the site of the two biblical Jewish temples, Judaism’s holiest spot. Muslims regard it as the third-holiest site in Islam.

While Jews are allowed to enter the site, their worship there is banned under arrangements instituted by Israel when it captured the area from Jordan in 1967.

The latest document notes that in July “the Director-General issued a statement on the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls… recalling notably that… the Old City of Jerusalem is the sacred city of the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and that each of its communities has a right to the explicit recognition of their history and relationship with the city.”

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4 comments

  1. engmed1977

    Of course the UN would consider such a measure, they hate Israel. The UN is an international body made up of the worst collection of despots, dictators and perpetual human rights violators. It only stands to reason they would despise God’s chosen, in favor of the “religion” Satan inspired. Given how many Muslim countries are included in the UN, and Muhammad’s legendary hatred of Jews and Christians (read Sura 9 of the Qur’an), not one bit of this comes as a shock.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment engmed1977!

      This is what we are now seeing happen almost on a daily basis, evil spirits leading and controlling men and women in the world around us. Whatever is righteous, whatever is holy will be trampled upon and turned into bad by the satanic elites of the world. Jerusalem is God’s holy city, this is where He placed His holy name.

      Many people, even many Christians will not support the Jews, they believe that God is finished with them, however this could not be further from the truth! God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants (from Abraham and Issac, not Abraham and Ishmael), an unconditional covenant, an everlasting covenant, how many of us forget that!

      God bless! Maranatha!

  2. thelostcoinblog

    History tells a different story, archaeologist tells a different story and validates the Holy Scripture, for men to take it upon themselves to do with Israel what they please. Some have backbones and support Israel’s right to exists. While others are blind to centuries old, biblical history. Of all the lands in the world, God chose this small piece of earth to call His own. And because of that people have been fighting for it ever since.
    People will not come to their collective senses about Israel til God Himself shows His protection towards His Holy land. Even though they see Israel blessed in resources and sustaining itself. Ezekiel 38-39 war will be their proof. I believe that war will shortly come to pass. All it’s players have been aligning themselves just as Scriptures’ predict and a ticking keg is ready to explode. (don’t let that be your determine factor to be right with God, be right with God now to be under His wings when the birth pangs start intensifying.)

    Lets keep supporting Israel anyway we can, especially with our prayers, for God blesses those who do and those who don’t will see His mighty hand soon enough. His will, will be done, whether we choose to accept it or not.
    We all need discernment to see the truth of it all, lets also pray for people to receive wisdom and discernment in this critical hour of world history. Father in Heaven hear our prayers, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
    God bless us all. Maranatha!

    • Gordon King

      Thank you SweetJava (thelostcoinblog)!

      I agree with all you have said. The bible does not need to be proven true, the bible proves history to be true! What is written in scripture is coming to pass, archaeology not only proves the bible to be true and accurate, but the bible proves that these archaeological finds to be true, history itself! In essence, the validity of Israel and the Jews is coming to fruition by what we are discovering each and every day. Yet, there are those who still refuse to believe that the Jews are God’s chosen people, that Jerusalem is God’s chosen city. They refuse to support and bless the Jews and the nation of Israel.

      God is not done with the Jews, in fact they are back on the scene, just as the bible told us they would be. The Tribulation period, the Time of Jacob’s Trouble is not for the Gentiles, but for the Jews. It is a time when God will reconcile a remnant of Jews back to Himself. It must run full circle until it is complete, that will be the time of the second coming of Christ to earth!

      God bless! Maranatha!

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