UNESCO Resolution on Jerusalem: The Hidden Truth
By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat on October 20, 2016
“The (crazy) idea of bringing world’s Jews to leave their homelands, settle in the occupied (Palestinian) land and ‘inventing a Jewish People’ out of them is the real ‘theatre of the absurd’.”
In a recent and exceptionally bold and daring UNESCO resolution on the historical sites in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel is explicitly referred to as “the occupying power”, the Western Wall is mentioned by its Arabic name, the Al-Buraq Plaza and the Temple Mount as Al Haram Al Sharif. In other words, after years of research and investigation the United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO) has failed to find genuine HISTORICAL Jewish roots in the ancient city of Jerusalem. How shocking is that? And how true is that as well? Oh, you’d be surprised.
UNESCO’s Executive Board has been meeting in Paris from October 4th. After a week of scrutiny and deliberation UNESCO has decided that there is no Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. The vote on the resolution, which was submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, had been postponed from July. However, a previous similar resolution was approved in April.
26 countries abstained from the vote while 24 countries supported the initiative and six voted against it, namely, US, UK, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Germany.
The resolution “strongly condemns the Israeli escalating aggressions and illegal actions in Eastern Jerusalem. It also deplores the illegal Israeli measures that deny Muslims’ access to their Holy Site Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al Sharif, and requests Israel, the Occupying Power, to respect the historic Status Quo and to immediately stop these measures”. Read the whole text of the UNESCO decision here.
PM Netanyahu responded, saying “The theatre of the absurd continues with UNESCO and today the organization has made its most bizarre decision. By saying that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall is like saying China has no connection to the Great Wall, or Egypt to the Pyramids”.
“Obviously they have never read the Bible, but I would advise UNESCO members to visit the Arch of Titus in Rome, where they can see what the Romans brought to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Temple Mount two thousand years ago” Netanyaho added.
On face value what Mr. Netanyaho said would sound for many as persuasive as common sense. But, actually it is not. Moreover, the UNESCO resolution is neither politicized nor biased.
Actually, the parallel Mr. Netanyaho drew is invalid. The link of the Egyptian and Chinese people to the Pyramids/Great Wall is primarily based on their common history and culture as a nation/ethnic group, therefore the link is culturally indisputable.
The Temple Mount (if indeed there was such a thing in Palestine) is only as relevant to the Jews as ‘Mecca’ to any Muslim worldwide.
Just as it would be ridiculous to hear that Muslims of Indonesia are claiming historical rights in Mecca, for merely being Muslims (or newly converts to Islam) it would be as such with the European Jews claiming historical rights in Jerusalem.
To put it in a nut shell, Judaism is a religion, the followers of which should not be entitled to any historical rights over the land of their holy sites.
Just as Latin Christians cannot (and should not) claim “Vatican’ as their historic homeland, neither should European Jews Jerusalem.
Unlike the Egyptian and the Chinese people the Jews are not a nation/ethnic group that has a common culture/land/history. For crying out loud Simon Peres, the late Israeli President was a European citizen from Poland who should have never come to Palestine in the first place.
But, here we are, not only did Peres (Szymon Perski) come to Palestine but he also lived long enough to see to it that most of its native people kicked out by brutal force and deceitful diplomacy. For that, Peres, a war criminal in essence, has been buried in Palestine as an Israeli national hero.
The Jews who were conquered by the Roman Emperor Titus were a small community that once inhabited part of Jerusalem two thousand years ago. The long-held perception that a Jewish Diapora took place afterwards is merely a myth; the Romans did not exile anybody from Palestine, least of all, the Jewish community. The descendants of those ancient Jews are most probably the Muslims and Christians of modern day Palestine.
The modern Israeli state was founded on belief in a “Jewish people” as a unified nation, established in biblical times, scattered by Rome, stranded in exile for 2,000 years, and then returned to the Promised Land.
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