UNESCO Resolution on Jerusalem ‘Affront’ to Jews – Chief Rabbi of Russia
The UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem, dismissing the ties of the Jewish people
to the Temple Mount, is an offense to all Jews and discredits the UN
organization, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UNESCO’s Executive Committee on Thursday voted for the
resolution, which acknowledges Jerusalem to be a holy city for Muslims,
Christians and Jewish people, but names the Temple Mount a Muslim holy site.
“I must honestly and explicitly say: the latest UNESCO resolution on
Jerusalem is an affront to the feelings of all religious Jews and completely
undermines, in our eyes, the credibility of this organization,” Lazar said,
as quoted in a press release.
Lazar added that UNESCO was failing in its educational function by failing
to recognize the findings of archaeological excavations, which “indicate
that Jerusalem for dozens of centuries has been the unquestioned spiritual
center of Judaism.”
The Rabbi also noted his dismay at the vote of the Russian delegation in
UNESCO in favor of the resolution.
The resolution, which was put forward by Palestine along with Lebanon,
Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, was approved by 24 members
of the 58-member organization, including Russia.
Twenty-six countries abstained from voting while only six countries voted
against it. In April, UNESCO’s executive board released and then adopted a
resolution, calling Israel “the Occupying Power” and urging it to “stop all
violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is one of the holy sites of the
Temple Mount complex.