UNESCO Petition

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Rescind the Resolution by UNESCO Denying the Jewish and Christian Ties to the Temple Mount

On October 13, 2016, the first of two resolutions passed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was approved, entitled “Occupied Palestine.”[i] This resolution contradicts the ancient underlying biblical story, which clearly links the land of Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple with the Jewish people and attempts to invalidate the sacred truths of two of our world’s major faiths – Judaism (I Kings 5:19, chapter 8) and Christianity. Jesus is described by Matthew the Apostle as speaking to His Jewish disciples on the Temple Mount (Matthew 24:1).

Further the resolution,

  1. Falsely claims that Israel is as an occupying nation and presumes that East Jerusalem, if not all of Jerusalem, belongs to the Palestinians.
  2. Falsely claims that Israelis are destroying sacred Palestinian sites by uncovering various archaeological sites.
  3. Falsely claims the Temple Mount and areas surrounding the Western Wall and Old City of Jerusalem are solely Palestinian sites by not using the Hebrew term for the site – Har HaBayit – and its English equivalent, the Temple Mount. The site is referred to only by its Muslim/Arab names – Al-Aqsa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif.[ii]
  4. Falsely claims that there is no Jewish connection to Hebron, which the Bible claims to be the burial site of Rachel, the wife of Isaac, and Bethlehem, the birthplace of King  David and Jesus.

Twenty-four countries voted for the resolution and six — the U.S., UK, Germany, Holland, Lithuania, and Estonia — voted against. Twenty-six countries abstained, and two countries were missing from the vote.[iii]

Various significant Christian leaders protested the resolution as well.

Samuel Rodriguez – Leader of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

At a time when the world is literally unraveling, the United Nations and UNESCO can’t help but wander down yet another path toward anti-Semitism. That’s exactly what this is—anti-Semitism, sponsored and endorsed by the international community.[iv]

Dr. Michael Youssef – Leading the Way Ministries  

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee resolution seeks to delegitimize the historical connection Jews and Christians have to the Old City of Jerusalem. This resolution is a major obstacle to peace and a shocking revision of history. [v] 

The General Director of UNESCO, Irina Boskova, wrote the following in response to the resolution,

The heritage of Jerusalem is indivisible, and each of its communities has a right to the explicit recognition of their history and relationship with the city. To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, and runs counter to the reasons that justified its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list. [vi]

Denying the Jewish & Christian connections to the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem is an affront to the very foundation of both faiths! We must oppose this resolution. Join us, and thousands of others, in protesting this attack on the Jewish people and the Bible by writing to Irina Boskova in support of her position against the resolution, asking her to begin a process to rescind the resolution

This Petition is Closed.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SIGNED!!

 


The petition reads:

As concerned Americans we are disappointed by the recent resolution approved on October 13, 2016 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), denying the biblical and historic links between the Jewish people and Jerusalem.  The “Occupied Palestine” resolution undermines the sacred bond between Jews and Christians to holy sites in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.

The UNESCO mandate states that their goal is to promote understanding “among nations and intercultural understanding by protecting heritage and supporting cultural diversity.”[vii]

Yet, how can this be true if UNESCO disregards the view of the Bible cherished by both Jews and Christians throughout the world?  These actions can only further add to the tensions between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Further, the resolution,

  1. Falsely claims that Israel is as an occupying nation and presumes that East Jerusalem, if not all of Jerusalem, belongs to the Palestinians.
  2. Falsely claims that Israelis are destroying sacred Palestinian sites by uncovering various archaeological sites.
  3. Falsely claims the Temple Mount and areas surrounding the Western Wall and Old City of Jerusalem are solely Palestinian sites by not using the Hebrew term for the site – Har HaBayit – and its English equivalent, the Temple Mount. The site is referred to only by its Muslim/Arab names – Al-Aqsa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif.[viii]
  4. Falsely claims that there is no Jewish connection to Hebron, which the Bible claims to be the burial site of Rachel, the wife of Isaac, and Bethlehem, the birthplace of Ruth, David and Jesus.

The General Director of UNESCO, Irina Boskova, rejected the resolution and writes,

Nowhere more than in Jerusalem do Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage and traditions share space and interweave to the point that they support each other. These cultural and spiritual traditions build on texts and references, known by all, that are an intrinsic part of the identities and history of peoples. In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant. In the Bible, Jerusalem is the city of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Quran, Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam, where Muhammad arrived after his night journey from Al Haram Mosq (Mecca) to Al Aqsa.

As those who are concerned about the Jewish people, believe the Bible, and honor the Judeo-Christian tradition that has been so important to our nation, we call upon General Director Irina Boskova to rescind the resolution and affirm the historic and sacred relationship between the Jewish people and Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, recognizing these sites are holy to all three faiths.

Sincerely,

The ESFI Team


[i] http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002462/246215e.pdf

[ii] http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.747314

[iii] https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/10/13/american-jewish-groups-israeli-politicians-react-with-outrage-to-new-unesco-resolution-ignoring-jewish-peoples-ties-with-jerusalem/

[iv] National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (https://nhclc.org/about-us/rev-samuel-rodriguez)

[v] Leading The Way Global Ministries (http://www.ltw.org/)

[vi] http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/statement_by_the_director_general_of_unesco_on_the_old_city-1/#.WBHrdeErLwd

[vii] http://en.unesco.org/about-us/introducing-unesco

[viii] http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.747314

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