The United Nations has decided to side with Islam, and has drafted a resolution to designate Judaism’s holiest site, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and Western Wall, exclusively Muslim. The resolution is an attempt to deny Jewish connection to the site, therefore condemning Israel for its activities in Jerusalem and the West Bank. While Jerusalem is considered holy to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, according to the U.N., a special section pertaining to the Temple Mount site is sacred only to Muslims.
“If the Jews have no definite connection to the holy sites-UNESCO and the United Nations has no connection to history and reality,” said Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Israel's parliament speaker, after the Thursday resolution.
Due to Israeli diplomatic efforts before the vote, no European country backed the motion. Twenty-four countries voted in favor of the decision, while six voted against. Twenty-six abstained while two were missing, according to a Haaretz report. The U.S., United Kingdom and Germany were among those against the resolution. France, Sweden, Slovenia, Argentina, Togo and India abstained from the vote.
Jordan has custodian rights over the Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Israel seized East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East War.