13 October 2016
With a long history of anti-Israel bias, UNESCO is once again obsessed with Israel as it votes on a resolution denying the Jewish people’s connection to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett has suspended activity with UNESCO following its shameful resolution rejecting the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall.
Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO on Friday, a day after the U.N. cultural agency adopted a draft resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.
UNESCO’s draft resolution, titled “Occupied Palestine” and sponsored by several Arab countries, uses only the Islamic name for the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site – where the Holy Temples stood. It denies the Jewish links to the Mount and the Western Wall.
A validated resolution is expected early next week, but the wording is unlikely to change.
Israelis and many Jews around the world viewed it as the latest example of an ingrained anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, where Israel and its allies are far outnumbered by Arab countries and their supporters.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett informed UNESCO of Israel’s decision on Friday.
“Following the shameful decision by UNESCO members to deny history and ignore thousands of years of Jewish ties to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, I have notified the Israel National Commission for UNESCO to suspend all professional activities with the international organization,” Bennett said.