Despite succsessfully removing sensitive Jewish-related holy sites in Jerusalem from an upcoming UNESCO meeting, Arab states are claiming other historicly Jewish sites, including the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Tomb of Rachel, as Palestinian sites.
By Itamar Eichner
In a diplomatic win for Israel, the Temple Mount and Western Wall will not be mentioned nor included in any vote or measure during a meeting of the UNESCO Executive Board on Jerusalem and the territories May 1st.
Shama added, “There is no doubt that the new administration in Washington DC under the leadership of President Donald Trump and the wonderful US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, have made the goal that seemed fantasy achievable. We will work around the world this month around the clock to continue explaining our truth, both current and historical, and we will observe the sanity and fairness of our neighbors.”
The Arab proposal still contains several problematic clauses, including: a section that calls the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Tomb of Rachel Palestinian sites; a clause that states that any legal and administrative decision in all of Jerusalem “by the occupying power” is illegal and another clause that states that any past decision is recognized, including the decision to erase Jewish connections from the Temple Mount.
Carmel Shama Hacohen, the Israeli UNESCO ambassador, doesn’t shy away from saying it as it is. The resolution on Jerusalem, denying ties to Jewish history, is disappointing and inexplicable.
Israel is demanding to remove the clause entirely or to specify that decisions related to the Temple Mount are not binding.
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