Outrage: UNESCO denies Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem

Whenever UNESCO seems to have hit bottom, it starts digging again. Not only has this despicable organization, led by a bunch of tyrants, despots and benighted third world dictatorships, condemned Israel’s sovereignty over the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, yesterday it outdid itself by passing a resolution condemning Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem – the entirety of Jerusalem.

the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — passed a resolution called “Occupied Palestine”  by a vote of 22-10, with 26 countries abstaining or absent, on Tuesday.

The resolution calls on Israel to rescind any “legislative and administrative measures and actions” it has taken to “alter the character and status” of Jerusalem. It rejects the idea of a “basic law” in Jerusalem, based off of a 1980 Knesset law, which implies that the city is one unified whole and governed solely by Israel.

Submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, the resolution also sharply criticizes Israel’s construction in eastern Jerusalem’s Old City and “deplores” the Jewish state’s “continuous” closure of the Gaza strip.

The vote was taken on Israel’s Independence Day and follows a highly controversial UNESCO resolution passed last October that ignored Jewish ties to the Western Wall and Temple Mount sites.

And what timing! It surely was not coincidental that this bunch of bigots chose Israel’s Independence Day to hold this vote that by extension essentially denies the Jews’ right to their own homeland. After all, if Israel has no right to its capital, how could it have any right to the rest of the country?

Tens of thousands of Israelis visit the Kotel and the Old City of Jerusalem on Yom Ha’atzmaut 2017 (by Reality)

This vote took place despite the demand by US senators that UNESCO stop delegitimizing Israel, a demand that was utterly ignored by the hypocritical UN institution.

The resolution would be utterly risible if it weren’t so dangerous. It gives cover to the Muslims’ claims to the Temple Mount and the Old City and denies any Jewish connection to Jerusalem at all throughout history. This in turn is a key source of the constant friction, incitement and violence by Muslims against Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

By Moshik Gulst (on Twitter

Yes, Israel did score a “moral” victory in that almost all the civilized Western countries voted against the vote or abstained – BUT it still was not enough to prevent the resolution from passing.

Hillel Neuer, who heads the watchdog group UN Watch, tweeted that despite the outcome, Israel won a “moral victory” in the voting process. He noted that the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands all voted no, and that India abstained.

I say “almost” all Western countries because as you can see from the table above, one Western country did vote for the resolution: that most enlightened of countries, Sweden.

It is gratifying to note that the US rejected the biased UNESCO resolution. And Culture Minister Miri Regev was entirely correct to demand that the Israeli government shut down UNESCO’s offices in Jerusalem and return the land to the state. But until the institution changes the makeup of its membership and governing committee, nothing is ever going to change.

The resolution also has almost no practical effects on the ground – BUT it will be a source of more incitement and more anti-Israel hatred amongst those who are looking for any excuse to fight not only Israel but the Jews.

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11 Responses to Outrage: UNESCO denies Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem

  1. Elise Ronan says:

    I wouldn’t worry. Every Empire that has existed has tried to deny the Jewish people’s attachment to Jerusalem. They are all gone, but the Jewish people are still here actually stronger than we have ever been before.

    • anneinpt says:

      You are 100% correct. And yet… I’m not honestly worried about the long-term situation of Israel. But these resolutions contribute so much to the violence and extremism of the Palestinian “street”, particularly in Jerusalem. In other words it’s the short-term damage I’m concerned about.

      And of course the simple outrage at this, well, outrage.

      • Elise Ronan says:

        The Palestinian “street” would be the same with or without this resolution. They are pushed into action by their own leaders. They are not acting any different than before UNESCO was created. The only way it is going to stop is if the world can strongarm the Palestinian leadership into stop being sociopathic. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening any time soon. The sad thing is that the average Palestinian seems content to follow these fools over the abyss. They have gained nothing in almost 100 years. You would think that a sane people would change tactics and actually, at least outwardly, play along with how the world views appropriate behavior. It is truly sad. Israel will survive and survive well. It is the Palestinian child of today that has no real future.

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  3. DP-PT says:

    Can someone explain why we don’t kick out the Swedish Ambassador? Why do we need these hostile anti-Semites here?

  4. Chaiya Eitan says:

    That’s what I’m worried about – that this will feed the ‘Arab street’ and we’ll have more attacks on us.

  5. Reality says:

    After spending Yom Haatzmaut in Jerusalem yesterday,to come home and hear this piece of news I fell about laughing!Who cares about UNESCO?The streets were thronging with people,the Kotel was absolutely packed out,there were thousands of tourists,and all sites and museums were open for free with all sorts of programms explaining our ancient heritage and connection to our holy capital.
    We should start by listening to UNESCO’S demand for us to rescind various sites by kicking them out of their premises and building homes for Jerusalemites!Miri Regev our culture minister suggested kicking them out.
    I cannot understand India,China,or Russia’s vote for this.I thought they were our new”friends”. It’s time Israel would vote against them in various forums.As for Sweden?I never expected anything different from them.We should suspend any further meetings with them.Furthermore,if UNESCO are so worried about the “poor oppressed Palestinians”they should make sure the money they squander on them is used for improving their lives instead of for terrorist prisoners payments.Perhaps Israel could bring a petition to UNESCO blaming them for the continuation of terrorist activity.A vote could be held about that.
    They have made a laughing stock of themselves.

    • anneinpt says:

      You definitely put it all into perspective so thank you. But I’m still concerned about the constant poisonous drip of anti- israel bias which affects all our international relations as well as on the street.

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