by WorldTribune Staff, October 23, 2016
A new version of a UN agency’s resolution on Israel’s connection to Jerusalem still denies any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, a report said.
The watered down version of the UN cultural agency UNESCO’s resolution “drops the words occupying power in relation to Israel, in an attempt to soften the resolution’s tone and thus make it easier for it to be approved,” Arutz Sheva reported on Oct. 23.
The resolution “still includes a denial of the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount,” the report said. “The Temple Mount is mentioned in the resolution as ‘Al-Aqsa Haram Al-Sharif’ and described as a place of Muslim worship. The words ‘Temple Mount’ and the fact that the Temple Mount is a holy place for Jews are not mentioned.”
The latest version of the resolution is expected to be submitted to UNESCO’s Heritage Committee on Oct. 26. It was submitted by Kuwait, Lebanon and Tunisia in the name of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, who are not members of the committee. At least 10 of the 21 countries on the committee are Arab nations which have no diplomatic relations with Israel.
Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, told Arutz Sheva on that “the Temple Mount and its historical and religious connection to the Jewish people are the crux of the matter. The Palestinians know that and they are trying to confuse some countries.
“If the Palestinians continue to adhere to this dangerous path which is actually a diplomatic jihad against the Jewish people, Judaism and Christianity, they will discover that the surprises from Mexico and Italy are only the beginning.”
A re-vote on the original UNESCO resolution was held after Mexico said it had changed its mind on the issue last week. The re-vote also won approval from the committee.
On Oct. 21, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, described the first UNESCO resolution as “incomprehensible and unacceptable” and said he regretted that his country abstained in the vote instead of voting against.