Executive Board of UNESCO passed resolutions declaring that both, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, are “an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory.”
By RINA BASSIST
The PX Commission of the Executive Board of UNESCO on Wednesday morning adopted resolutions 28 and 29, titled “Occupied Palestine,” which state that the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem are “an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory” and condemning the construction of the security fence and “other measures aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian territory.”
The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where the Jewish patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as well as three Jewish matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah are entombed. Continue Reading »
Audrey Azoulay, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s first Jewish director-general had the educational guide published after Israel threatened to leave UNESCO for their numerous anti-Israel resolutions.
By Tali Farkash, AP
The United Nations has released its first ever guidelines on fighting anti-Semitism in education.
UNESCO, the UN’s cultural body, launched the publication on Monday in Paris in collaboration with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the OSCE.
Audrey Azoulay – Twitter
The guide, aimed to be used by young people, the teaching world, as well as political leaders, was presented by Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO’s first Jewish director general. Continue Reading »
Complicit in the theft of religious heritage sites, UNESCO happily ascribed to the ‘Palestinians’, Christianity’s Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2012; the agricultural terraces of Battir, site of the ancient Jewish fortress at Betar, in 2014; Judaism’s Tomb of the Patriarchs in 2017, but their most egregious abandonment of their responsibilities, in 2016 UNESCO ignored the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
BY HERB KEINON, TOVAH LAZAROFF
The next “prize” the Palestinians will likely claim as their own at UNESCO will probably be the archeological site of Qumran and its Dead Sea Scrolls, Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
Emmanuel Nahshon, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson released in a statement, “The letter will be submitted by Ambassador Carmel Sharma-Hacohen in the coming days, certainly before the end of the year.”
By EYTAN HALON
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday to submit a formal letter to the organization’s director-general announcing Israel’s departure from the UN body.
“The letter will be submitted by Ambassador Carmel Sharma-Hacohen in the coming days, certainly before the end of the year,” said Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon.
Israel’s UNESCO envoy, Carmel Shama-Hacohen – Ynet (not accredited)
The UNESCO constitution holds that a country’s withdrawal from the organization takes effect on 31 December of the year following that during which the notice was given. Continue Reading »
In light of UNESCO’s overtly anti-Israel character, Jerusalem has decided not to attend the 2017 Life Sciences ceremony, awarding this year’s prize to the Israeli research center, which is part of the Agriculture Ministry.
• “The prize awarded to the Volcani Institute will not serve as a fig leaf to legitimize the political resolutions of this organization, which harm the State of Israel,” commented an Israeli gov’t official.
By Itamar Eichner
The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) has chosen to honor the Israeli Volcani Institute, but the Israeli government has decided to snub the event.
Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel have decided, in conjunction with the Prime Minister’s Office, that the institute would not accept the prize as part of steps Israel is taking against UNESCO for its anti-Israel resolutions. Continue Reading »
Israel’s envoy to UNESCO, ‘The days of passing countless anti-Israel resolutions in 5 minutes are over. From now on, UNESCO will need to devote dozens of hours, even add additional days for debate. Then members will decide if wasted time for useless resolutions that are purely political and have nothing to do with education, culture or science were worth it.’
By Itamar Eichner
Following a US-backed Israeli filibuster that lasted almost four hours, the Palestinian delegation and other Arab states failed Thursday in passing a resolution denouncing Israel during the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s 39th General Conference in Paris. Continue Reading »
Former French Minister of Culture, the Jewish, Audrey Azoulay, has been elected to lead as UNESCO Director-General, just a day after the US and Israel announced that they will leave the UN’s education & culture body over its blatant anti-Israeli bias.
By Tzvi Lev in New York
France’s Audrey Azoulay will become the new Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
UNESCO’s executive board voted 30 to 28 in favor of Azoulay, a former French culture minister, who beat out Qatar’s Hamad Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kawari.The Qatari potential nomination was protested by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who said that Al-Kawari had repeatedly endorsed anti-Semitic works and denied the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Netanyahu, announcing Israel’s withdrawal from the corrupted UN body after the U.S.State Department announced its exit, said, “UNESCO has become the theater of the absurd and because instead of preserving history, it distorts it.”
By David Rosenberg
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Thursday night that Israel will be exiting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over the organization’s anti-Israeli bias, following a similar announcement by the Trump administration.
PM Netanyahu and Amb. Nikki Haley – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO
UNESCO’s board is set to meet next week and had announced that the anti-Israel resolutions it had intended to bring to a vote would be postponed for six months. Continue Reading »
The White House, refusing to finance a “continuing anti-Israel bias” at the UN’s educational & cultural body, has formally withdrawn, having repeatedly warned UNESCO to end their revisionist political decisions that were a blatant “affront to history.”
– President Ronald Reagan quit the organization altogether, and Obama in 2011 temporarily withdrew from UNESCO after it voted to accept Palestine as a full member-state.
The United States withdrew from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday, with the State Department citing among other issues a “continuing anti-Israel bias”.
If the Islamic countries wish to stake claim over UNESCO, let them pay for it. Continue Reading »
After decisions reflecting UNESCO promoted a “fake history,” threats from Japan & the U.S., and demonstrations of rabid anti-Israel bias, the new chief emerging after next week’s vote will have to restore the relevance it lost and the funding that was cut off.
When Israel’s envoy told UNESCO delegates last July that fixing the plumbing in his toilet was more important than their latest ruling, it highlighted how fractious geopolitics are paralyzing the workings of the agency.
Ountgoing UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova – Photo: Wikimedia/UNESCO/Michel Ravassard/Ian Denison
Whoever wins the race to replace Irina Bokova as head of the UN’s cultural and education body next week will have to try to restore the relevance of an agency born from the ashes of World War Two but increasingly hobbled by regional rivalries and a lack of money. Continue Reading »
Following the UNESCO’s decision last year that deliberately omitted any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount or Western Wall, P.M. Netanyahu ordered a replica of the famous Rome landmark showing relief of Roman soldiers carrying the golden spoils from their looting of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
– UNESCO Director: ‘Arch proves Jewish people’s link to Jerusalem.’
By Itamar Eichner
Israel presented the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) with a replica of a portion of the Arch of Titus depicting the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
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Feeling emboldened following UNESCO’s recent resolutions ignoring Jewish historical ties or rights to the Western Wall and the Cave of the Patriarchs, the Palestinian leadership calls on the int’l community to reject any Israeli candidacy for any international role considering, in their statement, that “Israel was established on the ruins of the Palestinian people.”
By Dalit Halevi
The Palestinian Authority (PA) government, headed by Rami Hamdallah, on Tuesday warned against Israel’s “escalating policy” following UNESCO’s recent resolutions recognizing the Muslim right to the Temple Mount and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron, while ignoring the Jewish connection to those sites. Continue Reading »
A first for the UN body to award Israel’s Agricultural Research Organization Volcani Center the life sciences award.
• Volcani Center director said, This is a ‘great achievement for the state and underscores our contribution not just to science but to international cooperation for ensuring food security for future generations.’
By Danielle Roth-Avneri
The Agricultural Research Organization Volcani Center, a government-run institute in central Israel known for its groundbreaking discoveries, is among the three winners of the UNESCO Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences for 2017.
After UN agency’s diabolical decision, Israel deducts $1M to UNESCO to be diverted to a series of Jewish heritage projects related to Hebron.
• Defense Minister Lieberman: ‘Resolution is outrageous.’
• U.S. envoy to the UN Haley says, vote is “an affront to history.”
By Shlomo Cesana, Gideon Allon, Erez Linn, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weakened slashed $1 million from the fees Israel pays the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after the agency designated the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage site. The prime minister said the funds would be diverted to a series of Jewish heritage projects related to Hebron. Continue Reading »