The Time Has Come for Israel to Leave the UN
UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization — stated in a resolution on Tuesday that it condemned Israel for what it called the “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.” It also “deeply deplores the recent repression in East Jerusalem, and the failure of Israel, the Occupying Power, to cease the persistent excavations and works in East Jerusalem particularly in and around the Old City.” It also called for “prompt reconstruction of schools, universities, cultural heritage sites, cultural institutions, media centers and places of worship that have been destroyed or damaged by the consecutive Israeli wars on Gaza.” Finally, UNESCO now considers the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem to be Muslim sites.
Initially, the resolution had been drafted to include the Western Wall as an Islamic site also, or rather as an extension of Al-Aqsa mosque, but this was dropped after widespread condemnation. Only six countries voted against the resolution — the United States, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Estonia.
One can hardly exaggerate the extent to which UNESCO has lost its way. The organization and most of its member states have been ravaged by utter derangement. For the U.N. to so unequivocally and unabashedly aid the ongoing Arab effort to delegitimize the Jewish connections to Judaism’s holiest sites in Israel is an act of supreme perfidy.
Although it is far from the first time that UNESCO commits this kind of blatant Israel-bashing, the timing of this particular resolution, its duplicitous and smearing content, at a time when Arabs in Israel are stabbing, shooting and car-ramming Jews for sport and celebrating with candies afterward, is beyond anything that civil discourse can properly convey. The resolution amounts to a match being thrown on an already raging fire, further augmenting the incitement and the lies of the Palestinians regarding the Temple Mount.
However, who is truly surprised by this? UNESCO has worked consistently against Israel for over 40 years and even the current decision to designate Rachel’s Tomb a Muslim site has a very recent precursor. Five years ago, in 2010, UNESCO categorized Rachel’s Tomb as a “Muslim mosque” and criticized Israel’s decision to include both it and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on its list of national heritage sites. UNESCO furthermore made it clear that it views both sites as Palestinian. Rachel’s Tomb is the third holiest place in Judaism and a Jewish pilgrimage site. It meant nothing to UNESCO that Rachel’s Tomb had never been a mosque. At the time, only the U.S. voted against this absurd decision.
What the above means is that the decision to designate the Western Wall as a Muslim site may have been put on ice for now, but that efforts to have it designated as such will certainly be resumed at a more opportune time.
At universities across the world, students are taught that the U.N. is an instrument of world order, a respectable international body of member states who have it as their ultimate goal to follow the precepts of international law. The U.N. Charter is studied diligently by law students everywhere, as if what it says has any meaning at this point in time. Member states prolong the life of this disgrace of an institution by continuing to support it with their citizens’ tax money and
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