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Russia Scuttles Anti-Israel Resolutions at UNESCO

In a rare instance of breaking step with the Arab world, Russia’s envoy to the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) caused the organization to defer condemning Israel in a series of votes on Wednesday.

Five resolutions proposed by the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, and Syria were scuttled by Russia, which presented a plan to delay the resolutions for 6 months in order to send a UN fact-finding team.  The plan passed, with France the only European country to vote against.

The resolutions accuse Israel of trying to change the character of Jerusalem by conducting archaeological digs without the approval of former occupying country Jordan, allowing Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, allowing Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, neglecting education in Gaza, and alleged mistreatment of the Druze residents of the Golan.

UNESCO considers the entire Old City of Jerusalem and its surrounding walls as a world heritage site.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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One Response to “Russia Scuttles Anti-Israel Resolutions at UNESCO”

  1. Myriam Obadia says:

    Organizing archeological digs without the consent of Jordan? Excuuuuze me, since when does a sovereign country needs the consent of another -and former occupying- country to dig its own soil? Neglecting education in Gaza? Palestinians should make up their mind: Israel left Gaza 7 years ago because that's what the Palestinians were demanding. They wanted to administer themselves. Why do they demand now the Israeli assistance they rejected then? Allowing Jews to live in Judea? Apart from the almost 19 years of Jordanian occupation (1949-1967), Jews have lived in Judea for 3400 years (including the 2000 years of Diaspora). Just because the Jordanian army kicked them out of there and the Eastern part of Jerusalem in 49, doesn't mean they didn't have the right to go back home in 67, when the Jordanian lost the war. Go and ask the Alsatians whether they are German or French right now.

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