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 »
US Ambassador Nikki Haley, “The UNESCO vote on Hebron is tragic on several levels. It represents an affront to history. It undermines the trust that is needed for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to be successful. And it further discredits an already highly questionable UN agency…The United States is currently evaluating the appropriate level of its continued engagement at UNESCO.”
US Ambassador Nikki Haley came out Friday against a decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize the West Bank city of Hebron as a Palestinian heritage site, with only a passing mention of its significance to the Jewish faith. Continue Reading »
The UN’s cultural committee convened in Krakow to approve yet another proposal submitted by Arab states rejecting Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and condemning the Jewish State for conducting archeological excavations in Jerusalem’s Old City.
By Itamar Eichner
A committee of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) convened in Krakow Tuesday where it approved the wording of a proposed resolution denying that Israel is the sovereign power over Jerusalem and condemning it for conducting archeological excavations in the Old City.
The proposal was submitted to the UN body’s Cultural Committee by Arab states who originally presented a much harsher version which was formulated together with the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
President Trump’s visit to the Western Wall wearing a kippa, even without Netanyahu’s company, was a clear repudiation of the United Nation’s Palestinian initiated resolutions on Jerusalem.
By Israel Today Staff
When US President Donald Trump visited the Western Wall sporting a kippa (yarmulka), it was a clear affirmation that the site is as the Jews say – Judaism’s holiest shrine.
Netanyahu & Trump – Photo: Kobi Gideon/PMO
And, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently pointed out, that was a clear repudiation of the position recently taken by the United Nations.
During a Knesset session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s liberation of the eastern side of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, Netanyahu stated:
Trump’s visit “destroyed UNESCO’s propaganda and lies.” Continue Reading »
This UNESCO resolution, said Opposition leader Yizthak Herzog, “an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel disgrace that distorts the history of the Jewish people and their unshakable connection to their capital, Jerusalem …will find itself in the garbage can of history, just like the accusation that Zionism is racism.”
By Gary Willig
Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum slammed the UNESCO vote to deny Israel’s right to sovereignty over its capital city of Jerusalem Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that fewer nations supported Tuesday’s resolution than had supported similar anti-Israel UNESCO resolutions last year.
UNESCO anti-Israel voting results for 3rd anti-Semitic Jerusalem resolution – May 2, 2017 – UN Watch
“Over the last two days I’ve had numerous conversations with various heads of state and foreign ministers about the absurd vote at the UN. Continue Reading »
This latest resolution, submitted by Arab countries on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, a member of UNESCO, rejects all Israeli sovereignty over entire city of Jerusalem including what was the capital before East Jerusalem was reunited.
By Shlomo Cesana
The United Nations cultural organization UNESCO, a body with a robust anti-Israel track record, is set to vote on a resolution challenging Israeli sovereignty over the entire city of Jerusalem. The vote is ironically scheduled for May 1, the eve of Israel’s Independence Day.
The draft resolution, submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization by Arab nations on behalf of the Palestinians, states that “any action taken by Israel, the occupying power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration on the city of Jerusalem, are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever.” Continue Reading »
In a bizarre contradiction to last year’s infamous UNESCO resolution stripping Jewish rights to Jerusalem, Irina Bokova, the director-general of very same UN organization publicly acknowledged, “Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple.”
By Israel Today Staff
UNESCO, the director-general of UNESCO, which last year passed a motion denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, shocked many last week when she publicly affirmed the Jews’ historic connection to the Holy City.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova – Photo: Wikimedia/UNESCO/Michel Ravassard/Ian Denison
“In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant,” Bokova reminded the European Parliament in a session on Thursday. Continue Reading »
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.
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Abruptly interrupting Dr. Gabriel Barkay as he lectured US college students, a Palestinian guard warned him to stop referring to the holy site as “Temple Mount”.
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
One of the nation’s most vaunted archeologists said he was rebuked by a Wakf Muslim religious trust guard and police officer over the weekend for referring to Judaism’s holiest site as the “Temple Mount” during a tour on the compound with US college students.
Jerusalem Prize winner and Temple Mount Sifting Project co-founder, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, on Tuesday said he was guiding an interfaith group of 22 undergraduates from UCLA Sunday morning when he was interrupted by an Arab guard for making the seemingly innocuous reference. Continue Reading »
The Palestinians are trying to threaten Israel’s hold on Rachel’s Tomb by throwing pipe bombs & stones, as well as by fabricating a new history for the site by interjecting the identity of Bilal Ibn Rabah. And again, just as was done with Jerusalem, UNESCO is on their team solidifying their falsehoods into a reality.
By Nadav Shragai
As the argument over the muezzin bill in Israel heats up, security forces in the Bethlehem region and the outskirts of the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem seem bothered by one muezzin in particular: Bilal Ibn Rabah, an Ethiopian-Abyssinian who is recognized in Islamic tradition as a slave who served in the home of the Prophet Muhammad as the first muezzin to ever beckon believers for prayer five times a day. Continue Reading »