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Future guard? Arab child with Hamas headband aims toy rifle on the Temple Mount after prayers in the Al Aqsa mosque. (Archive)

CNN last week promoted the Old City of Jerusalem as the first of 25 “magnificent structures on the verge of extinction” but implied that Israel is the reason this is the “last chance to see” the sites.

UNESCO’s designation of 48 endangered sites includes the Old City and states:

As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs.

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It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham’s sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ’s tomb.

The term “Wailing Wall” dates back to the period before the re-establishment of the State of Israel and includes periods when Jew were allowed at the external wall of the  courtyard of the destroyed Temple Mount only on the Ninth of Av, the day that Jews bemoan the fall of the First and Second Temples.

Today, everyone in the world, except UNESCO and Muslim leaders, refer to it as the Western Wall, or “Kotel” in Hebrew.

CNN did not even mention the Kotel or “Wailing Wall.”

It told its viewers last week:

No other site has spent more time on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. The Old City of Jerusalem has held a spot since 1982. As holy city for three different religions, it attracts millions of tourists with over 200 monuments, including the majestic Dome of the Rock.

Then came the punch line. Why is it still endangered?

But political tension has hardened relations with Israel and UNESCP, preventing any preservation plans for moving forward.

CNN added a grave warning to people concerning all of the 25 sites it listed:

Go see them now, before it’s too late: threatened by neglect, the elements, changing architectural trends of ruthless developers. These outstanding buildings are all fighting a hard battle for survival.

Another website, known as “whenonearth.com,” lists UNESCO’s 48 endangered site, not to be confused with CNN’s list of archaeological sites that it chose, and states:

Why it’s special: It has significance religious implication to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It contains hundreds of monuments with great artistic works and architectural structures. It also hosts Christ’s tomb.

Why it’s in danger: the continuous conflicts among different religions are demeaning the city and its walls. Some of the structures have also been destroyed due to conflicts and improper maintenance plans.

Neither UNESCO nor the two websites mentioned above state that the Old City is the site of the First and Second Holy Temples, the existence of which is increasingly being denied by Palestinian Authority and Arab world clerics who are trying to manufacture a new history that erases any link between Judaism and Jerusalem.

All of the sites serve that purpose very well by simply saying that the Old City is holy to Jews as well is Muslims and Christian, without any explanation why it is holy to Judaism. The Muslim Dome of the Rock is noted. “Christ’s tomb” or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is mentioned.

Nothing is said about Jews. No Temple Mount history. No Wall, Wailing or Western. Zilch.

But CNN took the trouble to mention Israel when it explained its version of why the Old City is on UNESCO’s list of sites that supposedly are endangered.

The network furthered UNESCO’s political aim to take control of the Old City by alleging that preservation plans have not advanced because of “political tension [that] has hardened relations” between Israel and the U.N. agency.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. So The Jews must now tackle UNESCO ? Who the hell do they think they are? Israel must petition for historical authenticity when it comes to preservation and endangerment of Judaism.And that goes for all of Jerusalem. Yes the Mosque should take a walk and render the site a real homage to the god of Israel.

  2. The UN has never supported the Jewish people. UNICEF has never help the Jewish children even after the arabs attacked and killed students while they were at school yet at the same time give support to the arab children when Israel responded to the attack. The UN is not our friend and never has been.

  3. I thought maintenance of the Temple Mount is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Jordanians. Also, I would imagine the unchecked excavations of the Waqf would contribute greatly to any structural issues connected to the mosgue. Either way, CNN's report of this incredibly and irresponsibly inflammatory.

  4. Have you ever watched CNN? All they dish up is crap-for-view. I was stuck in a hospital seven months ago in a room where the TV was set on CNN, and I couldn’t get the thing turned off . . . and nobody was available to deal with such a trivial concern. Hospital + CNN = misery!

  5. Its like as if someone stumbled across a buried "star gate" & decided to put it into a museum where it will be "safe" & everyone can come see it. The idea to get some specialist/scientists to study & try to get it started, to see if it actually works! is a bad idea. LOL patience —

  6. Here's the best example of CNN being a Pro Palestinian terrorist network.
    In 2002 Ruth Peled age 56 and her granddaughter Sinai Kenan, a 14-month-old baby were murdered by Palestinian homicide bombers in Tel-Aviv while they were eating icecream.
    CNN interviewd the mother of the Palestinian homicide bomber who massacred Ruth Peled and Sinai. Ofcourse the mother praised her Islamo Nazi son who murdered these defenseless Jews.
    CNN promised to interview the mother of a 14-month-old Sinai but they never did.
    So we have CNN only interviewing the mass murdering Palestinians to do their propaganda for them.

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