UNESCO Gives Israeli Holy Sites to Muslims
The United Nations agency UNESCO approved a resolution yesterday that condemned Israel for “aggression and illegal measures taken against the freedom of worship and access of Muslims to Al-Aqsa mosque and Israel’s attempts to break the status quo since 1967.” The resolution turned over Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron to Muslims.
The resolution is interesting, considering the Muslim group Waqf controls access to parts of the Temple Mount now and does everything they can to disrupt and attack ANY non-muslim worshipers there. Apparently UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is deaf to that fact.
In spite of Jewish History and Tradition
Twenty-six countries voted for the resolution, only the U.S., U.K., Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Estonia voted against it.
Six Arab states – Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates
– submitted the resolution, which originally contained the Western Wall.
Turning over the Western Wall to Muslims would have created a firestorm worse than any other, so that language was dropped from the final draft. The Western Wall is what remains of the last Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. Having Muslims administer it would have been a monumental disaster.
Israeli holy sites scorned by the UN
The Tomb of Rachel in the town of Bethlehem is the 3rd holiest site for Jews. She was the wife of Jacob, and the mother of the twelve tribes.
The Tomb of the Patriarchs is a cave in Hebron – it is also a holy site for Jews, as tradition holds that Abraham paid 400 shekels of silver to Ephron the Hittite. Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah are said to be buried there.
The actions of the UN in this situation literally have been pushed by a small group of Muslim nations. That they are being heeded at all is despicable.
The Temple Mount
Palestinians- Muslims- have gone to great lengths to destroy every vestige of evidence of Jewish history wherever they control.
The Smithsonian reported,
…archaeologists have had little opportunity to search for physical evidence to sort legend from reality. For one thing, the site remains a place of active worship. The authority that controls the compound, an Islamic council called the Waqf, has long forbidden archaeological excavations, which it views as desecration. Except for some clandestine surveys of caves, cisterns and tunnels undertaken by European adventurers in the late 19th century—and some minor archaeological work conducted by the British from 1938 to 1942, when the Al-Aqsa Mosque was undergoing renovation—the layers of history beneath the Temple Mount have remained tantalizingly out of reach….
The truth is that Israel is FAR more “tolerant” of Muslims than the media and the UN would have everyone believe. Muslims have been doing everything in their power to destroy Jews all over the country. The idea that the violence will stop just because they get more land is facetious and wrong-headed.
When Israel removed all of the Jewish settlers from Gaza in 2005, more rockets were fired into Israel than ever before. And they elected a terrorist government- Hamas. They are most certainly not interested in a “Palestinian State” – which they could have had at any time in Gaza. What they want is to take everything away from the Jews and destroy them. THAT is the bottom line.
Palestinians are considered “Refugees” by every nation EXCEPT Israel, including Muslim ones, which denies them total equality in those countries. Israel is the ONLY Middle Eastern nation to grant Palestinians complete acceptance – even to allowing them to serve in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) and granting them voting rights. But that has not been good enough for them.
How many Christian holy sites will be turned over to Muslims now? How will Israel respond to this travesty of loss of sovereignty? Muslims tend to destroy everything they touch- and the United Nations allows it because they are completely deaf to the truth.