UNESCO To Vote Again On Jewish and Christian Ties to Old City of Jerusalem
Philos Project | October 21, 2016
On Oct. 13, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted 24-6 to back a resolution that denied any Jewish affiliation with Judaism’s holiest religious sites in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The decision called for reference to the sites by their Muslim names only, and criticizing Israel for “provocative abuses that violate the sanctity and integrity” of the two landmarks.
That vote was decried in Israel and by others around the world as being intellectually dishonest and culturally dehumanizing.
Next week – for the second time this month – the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will meet and vote on a resolution titled “The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.” This resolution, like the last one, denies Jewish connections with the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount compound. It also calls for the State of Israel “to cease the persistent excavations and works in East Jerusalem particularly in and around the Old City.”
If carried, this vote will deny not only Jewish heritage in the Old City, but also historical evidence of Christian roots in the Old City. It is offensive to Christians and Jews alike.
Voting members of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee include the following nations: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
The Philos Project strongly urges Christians in these nations to contact their mission to the United Nations and request in the strongest possible terms that respective ambassadors vote against resolution 40 COM 7A.13 “The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.”
Below is a form letter for your use in contacting your U.N. ambassador:
Dear Ambassador __________,
In a 24-6 vote on Oct. 13, 2016, UNESCO backed a resolution that denied any Jewish affiliation with Judaism’s holiest religious sites in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The document, which consistently referred to Israel as “the occupying power,” has been decried in Israel and by others around the world as being intellectually dishonest and culturally dehumanizing.
Next week, the UNESCO World Heritage committee is convening to again vote against Christian and Jewish ties to the Old City of Jerusalem in resolution 40 COM 7A.13 “The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.” The resolution denies Christian and Jewish historical connection to the old city of Jerusalem is an embarrassment to our nation, and to the United Nations itself.
I urge you in the strongest terms to vote against this terrible resolution.