Top UNESCO official tells Israeli TV he’s “sorry” about Jerusalem resolution

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http://www.timesofisrael.com/top-unesco-official-to-israeli-tv-id-never-deny-jewish-ties-to-jerusalem/

The chair of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs, said Friday he was sorry about the resolution ignoring Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s holy sites that was passed by UNESCO on Thursday and that is set to be approved by his executive board next week. “It’s very exceptional what happened yesterday, and I’m sorry for that,” Worbs told Israeli television.

Worbs, who had said earlier Friday that he hoped Tuesday’s scheduled Executive Board vote would be delayed, to allow more time for dialogue, told Israel’s Channel 10 television he would never deny Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem, and invoked the cultural body’s decades-old designation of the capital as a World Heritage Site. This designation trumps any recent conversations about the city, Worbs said, in a reference to Thursday’s UNESCO resolution that appeared to negate non-Muslim connections to Jerusalem’s holy sites.

The UNESCO resolution, sponsored by several Arab countries and passed Thursday in the committee stage, referred to the Temple Mount and Western Wall only by their Muslim names and condemned Israel as “the occupying power” for various actions taken in both places.

Israelis and many Jews around the world view the move 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.

Israeli leadership reacted furiously to the UN resolution, with some accusing the UN’s cultural arm of anti-Semitism on Thursday. Lawmakers from both the right and left of the political spectrum said the decision was ill-befitting of UNESCO.

http://www.ibtimes.com/palestine-wins-victory-against-israel-jerusalem-holy-site-declared-muslim-not-jewish-2431205

One of the world’s most important religious sites and Judaism’s holiest site, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and Western Wall, was called an exclusively Muslim shrine Thursday in a United Nations draft resolution that denies Jewish connection to the site.

The resolution, which condemns Israel for its activities in Jerusalem and the West Bank, asserts that Jerusalem is holy to three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. However, it includes a special section pertaining to the Temple Mount that says the site is sacred only to Muslims and fails to mention it as sacred to Jews. The resolution from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization does not refer to the Al-Aqsa mosque by either the Hebrew term for the site—Har Habayit—or its English translation, the Temple Mount, but only by its Muslim name.

“What’s next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin? Rock and roll?” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted after the decision.

The complex is considered Judaism’s holiest site due to it being the location of its first and second temples. The Western Wall, a remnant of the biblical temple, is the holiest site where Jews can pray. The temple is also the third holiest site to the Muslim faith as the place where the prophet Mohammed made the miraculous night journey to and from Mecca in order to ascend up to heaven.

The UNESCO resolution this week coincided with international efforts to calm violence in the region after what Palestinians say are increasingly frequent Jewish visits to the compound that is officially under Muslim administration. Under Israeli law, Jews are not allowed to pray at the site to avoid potential violence, but many Jewish activists still rally at the site.

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“The UNESCO resolution, sponsored by several Arab countries and passed Thursday in the committee stage, referred to the Temple Mount and Western Wall only by their Muslim names and condemned Israel as “the occupying power” for various actions taken in both places.”

im really sorry..please dont kill me or my family..

“The chair of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs, said Friday he was sorry about the resolution ignoring Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s holy sites that was passed by UNESCO on Thursday and that is set to be approved by his executive board next week. “It’s very exceptional what happened yesterday, and I’m sorry for that,” Worbs told Israeli television.”

for once i agree with unesco..but is there a kicker?

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~ by seeker401 on October 19, 2016.

6 Responses to “Top UNESCO official tells Israeli TV he’s “sorry” about Jerusalem resolution”

  1. you agree that there is no jewish or christian historical ties to the temple mount and wailing wall? This is the most egregious historical revisionist statement ever made by the arab world. Put aside the occupying force part of the resolution and just focus on the statement that the temple mount and wailing wall only have a muslim history for a minute. That is laughable. You need not have a positive, or even neutral, opinion on Israel, or even Jews, to find the notion ridiculous.

    • it’s not our fault that most of your history is a lie. there was no “first temple” and in fact it’s unlikely that there was a kingdom of david. “israeli archaeology” is a joke – everything they “find” turns out to be a hoax.

      the holocaust was a lie as well. yes, people died but there were no gas chambers and it was NOT history’s worst crime. what happened to native americans, punjabis, and bengalis was far far worse.

      muslims believe a lot of stupid lies too. that’s what happens when you accept the myth of abraham.

      oh yeah, by the way, ashkenazim aren’t really jews. they’re khazarian turks who converted en masse.

    • what xxx said:

      “ashkenazim aren’t really jews. they’re khazarian turks who converted en masse.”

      thats why i agree with this:

      “ignoring Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s holy sites”

      • the christian ties are a slightly different set of circumstances imo..

      • https://www.rt.com/op-edge/363314-israel-resolution-unesco-jerusalem/

        The “mild” UNESCO resolution recognizes that all monotheistic religions have a legitimate interest in the Old City of Jerusalem, and there is a justifiable condemnation of Israeli violence, activist Ofer Neiman from ‘Boycott from Within’ told RT.
        Israel suspended ties with UNESCO after it had adopted a resolution on Temple Mount (known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif) and the Western Wall in Jerusalem, ignoring any Jewish connection. The UN cultural agency said the places should be referred to only by their Arabic names.

        The resolution also condemned Israel for restricting Muslims’ access to the holy site and denounced aggression by Israeli police and soldiers.

        Israel has accused UNESCO of trying to rewrite history.

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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