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India and UNESCO: Historical View vs. Jihad View

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

{Originally posted to the Gatestone Institute website}

One wonders what India’s Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is doing in Paris today. India joined it way back on November 4, 1946. Given the potential of this cultural agency in spreading enlightenment derived from scientific education and fostering development throughout the world, New Delhi sent to the organization internationally acclaimed philosopher and future President, S. Radhakrishnan as a member. He rose to become its chairman during 1948-49. New Delhi’s abstention from voting on the October 18 resolution in UNESCO’s Executive Board, however, indicates the Indian delegation now in Paris is absolutely ineffective.

In a 24-6 vote, the Executive Board ratified a resolution that refers to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and its adjoining Western Wall solely by their Muslim names of Al-Haram Al-Sharif and the “Buraq Wall.” The nations that voted for it included: Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Morocco, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam.

The six countries that voted “no” were Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.

Those that abstained included: Albania, Argentina, Cameroon, El Salvador, France, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Vincent and Nevis, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Ukraine.

New Delhi’s abstention from voting on this resolution falls short of the expectations the enlightened international community probably has on the issue of the Jewish Temple. India, which boasts an age-old slogan, “Satyamev Jayate” (“Let Truth Triumph”), recalls, since ancient times the Temple Mount as part of India’s indelible memory. In his historic address to the Parliament of the World’s Religions at Chicago in 1893, India’s legendary spiritual thinker, Swami Vivekanand, said:

“I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny…”

The Temple Mount refers to a walled compound having two magnificent structures — the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque — and the Western Wall. For the last 3000 years, the complex has served as a witness to the faithful of the three great monotheistic religions. King Solomon built the First Temple here around 1000 BC. The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar tore it down 400 years later. In the first century BC, King Herod refurbished a Second Temple. It is here that Jesus Christ lashed out against the money-changers. The Roman General Titus exacted revenge against Jewish rebels, sacking and burning the Temple in 70 AD.

Muslims call the Temple Mount “Haram al-Sharif” (“the Noble Sanctuary”), and the al-Aqsa mosque “the farthest mosque” — although no one knows how far the farthest mosque actually was; it may well have been in Arabia — where in a dream the Islamic Prophet Muhammad supposedly ascended to the “Divine Presence” on the back of a winged horse.

In modern times, the antiquity of the complex can easily be determined by archaeological excavations and scientific tools. But this has not been acceptable to the authority of the compound, an Islamic council called the Waqf, which spuriously insists that archaeological excavations would amount to a desecration of their religious sites. In the late 19th century, European adventurers conducted some clandestine surveys. Some minor archaeological work was conducted by the British from 1938 to 1942, when the al-Aqsa Mosque was undergoing renovation.

It is clear from the history of faiths that the holy scriptures of the Jews are far older than the Islamic ones. The Temple Mount is the ultimate — and only — physical expression of the Jewish faith in God. The Prophet Muhammad’s Islam and its symbols, Al-Haram Al-Sharif and the Buraq Wall (where Muhammad is said to have chained his winged horse upon entering Jerusalem in his dream) came in the world at least a thousand years later.

Regrettably, UNESCO seeks to erase this history of faiths and replace it with a jihadi narrative that would deny both Christians and Jews their age-old access to the symbols of their faiths.

UNESCO is supposed to help preserve the entire world’s heritage, but this cultural agency seems to have been hijacked by the leadership and allies of the Palestinians and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). UNESCO accepted “Palestine” as a member state in 2011, although the United Nations has not done it so far. Since 2015, the Palestinian leadership has been on a drive to change UNESCO’s terms of reference not only for the Temple Mount but also for every trace of legitimate Judeo-Christian history. Is what we are sheepishly witnessing actually the perversion of history, the perversion of the work UNESCO knows full well that it is supposed to be doing and a submission to the counterfactual demands of a group that is expansionist and predatory? What mutilation of reality will be next?

It is heartening to note that the resolution has been criticized by the White House, outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and nearly 40 members of the U.S. Congress. Bokova distanced herself from it, saying in a statement “nowhere more than in Jerusalem do Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage and traditions share space.”

India, as a leading democracy, would do well fully to support a historically and morally correct stand on the UNESCO resolution. It must see to it that the UNESCO does what it is supposed to: spread education and enlightenment.

India recognized Israel in 1950. Israel stood by India in 1962, 1965 and 1971. Since India’s Prime Minister P. V. Narsimha Rao established full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, ties between the two democracies have grown from strength to strength in the areas of defence, counter-terrorism, intelligence, agriculture, science and technology.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is openly appreciative of what Israel does in its self-defence, and sees it as a model for India.

New Delhi must not allow any anti-Israel bias within the United Nations to prevail. It must constantly bear in mind that the resolution in question could be passed only because at the UN, through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (56 Islamic states plus “Palestine”), Muslim nations with an Islamist agenda dominate it. If they are not stopped, the Islamist backers of the UNESCO resolution will be emboldened eventually to back Islamist elements in India to question its Hindu historical and religious sites.

After so many recent votes at UNESCO erasing Judeo-Christian history in favour of Islamist misrepresentation, and now in this fraudulent representation of Judaism’s holiest site (a city more than twice as old as Islam) as primarily Muslim, one thing is clear: the sooner democracies leave the UN, the better. Consider the UN’s oil-for-food scandal of 2004-2005:

“bribes, kickbacks, fraud, smuggling; stories of graft involving tens of billions of dollars and countless barrels of oil, and implicating big business and high officials in dozens of countries; allegations that the head of the program himself was on the take…”

Consider also the UN’s growing sex-for-food scandal that is still ongoing after more than a decade. Now, with the UN’s wholesale erasure of Biblical history, the only intelligent response is to head for the exits. The UN in its present form seems nothing more than a bloated, corrupt jobs program of champagne for diplomats. It does far more harm than good. Nothing worth having can come from such a degraded place.

Jagdish N. Singh

PM Netanyahu to Visit Australia, Singapore, Kazakhstan & Azerbaijan

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans a multi-stop tour of the eastern hemisphere in the next three months, with visits to Australia, Singapore and Kazakhstan, all of which have never before been visited by an Israeli prime minister.

Netanyahu also will visit Azerbaijan, where he once made a stop in 1997 during a previous term as prime minister. Israel buys most of its oil from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

The prime minister of Singapore has already visited Israel, back in April 2016, so Netanyahu’s visit comes as a reciprocal call, and the Israeli leader has been talking for months about a visit to “down under” as well.

Netanyahu is also planning a trip to Togo in Spring 2017 to attend a summit with West African nations.

In addition, President Reuven Rivlin is set to travel to India in two weeks, following the recent visit to Jerusalem this month by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee.

“Israel’s international relations are spreading in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and many other places,” said Netanyahu in remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“We realize that this development flows from Israel’s technological and economic strength on one hand, and its security and intelligence capabilities on the other.

Both of these facilitate the development and flourishing of our international relations,” he added.

“This is not to say that we will not be challenged in international forums, like we saw in the scandalous UNESCO decisions, and it is likely that this will continue at the UN, but there is no doubt that even in international institutions, even in these scandalous votes, we have seen a change.”

A specific schedule for the travels of the prime minister and president has not yet been set.

Hana Levi Julian

The UNESCO Follies

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

UNESCO has once again showed itself to be detached from reality, morality, justice and from a shred of truth. The rash of Arab inspired resolutions claiming the Temple Mount to be a special holy place for Islam while denying any connection between the Jewish Nation and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) or the Temple Mount, is totally detached from any reality: historical, biblical, archeological or theological. Let’s look at some facts:

The Hebrew Bible (Tanach) mentions Jerusalem more than 660 times.
The Qur’an – zero (0).

The daily Jewish prayer book mentions Jerusalem up to fourteen times a day. Indeed, in the main daily weekday prayer made up of 19 blessings, there are two specific blessings mentioning Jerusalem and the Holy Temple. The Jewish grace after meals mentions Jerusalem and the Temple.
In Islamic prayers, Jerusalem is mentioned zero (0) times.

The Bible commands every Jew to go to the Temple in Jerusalem three times a year.
Islam’s holy city is Mecca; there is no commandment to go to Jerusalem.

At every Jewish wedding, the groom breaks a glass under his foot in memory of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. He then says “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten (let me loose the power of action); let my tongue cleave to my palate (let me loose the power of speech) if I do not remember you [Jerusalem], if I do not raise Jerusalem above all my happiness” (Psalm 137).

Jewish law teaches to leave a space on the wall opposite the entrance to our houses, empty of paint, in memory of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Jewish law dictates three weeks of mourning in the summer in memory of the destruction of the Temples, and a fast day of 25 hours on the day that the First Temple and the Second Temple were destroyed.

Comparable laws and customs about Jerusalem in Islam? Zero (0). What does Islam have to say about Jerusalem? Basically – nothing. The holy city of Islam is Mecca.

Jerusalem was and is the eternal capital city of the Jewish nation and the location of its Temple.
Number of Arab or Islamic entities that ever made Jerusalem its capital – zero (0).
Jordan, the Arab state that illegally occupied Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, did not move its capital from Amman to Jerusalem.

Saladin – the supposed great redeemer of Jerusalem from the infidel European Christians (who by the way is buried in Damascus, not Jerusalem) – actually spent most of his career fighting other Muslims in his quest for an empire. In 1229, only 42 years after Saladin’s occupation of Jerusalem, his nephew, Al-Kamil, ceded the city to the European Christians.

So much for the importance of Jerusalem in the eyes of the Arabs and Islam!

There may be a silver lining to the murky, polluted cloud of the absurd and fabricated UNESCO resolutions denying the eternal, connection between the nation of Israel and Jerusalem in general and the Holy Temple Mount in particular. These resolutions were proposed and lobbied for by the Arab states, particularly by Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to whom “the world” is pressuring us to make peace by giving away parts of our already tiny homeland. That they are so eagerly propagating such shameless, bald-faced lies, should be a clear lesson to all that honestly care to see and learn. Those living in Lalaland, or just plainly anti-Semitic, will miss this lesson. They’ll continue scapegoating Israel for all that ails the world, but the honest people will realize that such shameless liars who deny the obvious are not competent to make peace and run a state.

In this very week the Israeli Antiquities Authority made public, by chance, the finding of a 2,700 year old papyrus, written in Hebrew: “From the female servant of the king (a women served as a royal official), from Naarata (near Jericho), two containers of wine, for Jerusalem”. In Hebrew, not Arabic, to the Jewish king in Jerusalem, where the Jewish Temples stood.

Dovid Ben-Meir

GOP Pressures Obama to Cut US Ties to UNESCO Over Jerusalem

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

A group of U.S. Senators from the Republican party urged President Barack Obama in a letter on Wednesday to suspend ties with the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The senators are pressuring Obama to suspend American ties with the world body over the two resolutions it approved in the past 10 days, denying ancient historic Jewish ties with Jerusalem.

“At a time when the Middle East is in turmoil and historical heritage sites are being destroyed by groups such as ISIS, it is imperative that the U.S. stands with Israel, our closest ally and the sole democracy in the region.

“Recent UNESCO resolutions that deny Jewish and Christian ties to holy sites in Jerusalem not only reinforces the necessity of withholding American funding from this counterproductive UN organization, but also call into question future U.S. membership in UNESCO,” wrote the senators in their letter.

It was signed by Senators Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson, Mark Kirk and David Perdue.

“Given that U.S. law already forbids American taxpayer money going to UNESCO, we urge your administration to join Israel in suspending ties to UNESCO.

“In 1984, the U.S. severed ties with UNESCO due to disparities between American foreign policy goals and UNESCO’s agenda.

“Because UNESCO continues to deviate from its founding mission and adopt one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions, it is time for the U.S. to stand with Israel, and suspend our ties with UNESCO.”

The second resolution, passed this week by the World Heritage Committee, was entitled “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls. It was approved by a secret vote with only 10 member states casting their ballots in favor; eight abstained, two opposed and one was absent from the room. The Philippines and Tanzania reportedly were the two nations who opposed the measure; Jamaica was absent.

”The theater of the absurd continues,” said Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a speech at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya following the vote. “We will decide what to do and what further steps to take against this organization.” Israeli Ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, was also recalled to Jerusalem “for consultations.”

Hana Levi Julian

Holding Up Ancient ‘Jerusalem’ Papyrus, Netanyahu Condemns UNESCO’s ‘Scandalous’ Resolution

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Speaking Wednesday at the dedication of the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship at IDC Herzliya, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu connected the announcement of a rare, First Temple era Hebrew language papyrus that mentions the name Jerusalem, with the second UNESCO resolution this month that contradicted the Jewish history of the eternal city as well as the fact that two Jewish temples had stood on the compound now taken up by the Al Aqsa mosque.

As we reported earlier, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Carmel Shama Hacohen, was recalled to Jerusalem “for consultations.”

The following are the PM’s comments at the Wednesday event.

“Today, the UNESCO Heritage Committee passed a decision which caused disappointment among the Palestinians and several Arab countries. It was supposed to be passed unanimously, by consensus, because the UNESCO Secretary General said that if it was not passed unanimously, then the decision would not be implemented. I would like to thank the leaders of Tanzania and Croatia for demanding a vote. I spoke with them and I very much appreciate their willingness to take a stand there. Because it reached a vote, it will not be implemented, because it was not unanimous.

“Eleven out of the 21 countries that are members of the Heritage Committee, as they call it, did not support the vote. For Israel, this is a significant result because one year ago, with a membership that was much more comfortable for us, we received a result that was not as good. Countries such as Germany, Japan, India and Colombia left and all kinds of other countries, which are familiar to you entered: Lebanon, more Arab countries, Angola, Zimbabwe, etc., etc., and with a membership that was not as good we came out with a better result. This advances what I have been telling you, and what I told the UN, is happening, that Israel’s bilateral relations will also – in the end – be reflected in international forums even though this will take time. It takes time and a little help from above. I said that it would take ten years, in my mind less than ten years, to break the automatic majority in UN institutions, especially of the bloc of African countries, 54 countries. The decisive majority will go from opposing Israel to supporting Israel. This process is happening and it is also expressed in today’s vote. The change that is taking place is finding expression here. I would like to thank the personnel at the Foreign Ministry, the National Security Council and our UNESCO embassy, who assisted me in my talks with the various leaders.

“Of course, we are trying to change the reality but, even so, the fact that even if this decision will not be implemented, it was raised at UNESCO. This absurdity that we, pay attention, Israel in the Middle East, that it is we who are violating the rights of the various religions, that it is we who are not safeguarding the holy places. Is it possible to conceive of anything more absurd? We are not safeguarding? We are the only ones who are scrupulously, carefully and zealously safeguarding. Who would do so if not us? We all know that is happening here in the Middle East as radical Islam blows up mosques, blows up churches, blows up historic sites, slaughters Yazidis, slaughters Muslims who do not agree with them, slaughters Christians, slaughters whoever it can. Who is deserving of condemnation? Certainly not Israel. Israel deserves all possible praise on this issue, as a beacon of light and progress, tolerance and rights.

“It is UNESCO that deserves condemnation not only for its present blindness but for its past blindness as well. That scandalous decision, the scandal that they decided upon two weeks ago, to the effect that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount, or to Jerusalem at all, is contradicted by the Bible and the entire historical record. Did you know that Titus was a Zionist propagandist? On the Arch they are carrying, 2,000 years ago, after they destroyed the Temple, it was not a mosque. Islam had not yet been founded; that would take several hundred good years. They are carrying the seven-branched menorah, that you know. And the member states of UNESCO also know it.

“But this distortion, that plasters over the whole notion of historical truth, of history in general, this distortion was covered over by another historical find that was made public today by the Israel Antiquities Authority. This was a document or receipt that was sent over 2,700 years ago from Na’arah [see Joshua 16:7], near Jerusalem, and it says in ancient Hebrew, and this is the critical word, but you can see it in Hebrew, ‘[me-a]mat. ha-melekh. me-Na’artah. nevelim. yi’in. Yerushalima’. ‘From the king’s maidservant, from Na’arat, jars of wine, to Jerusalem‘. Here is a letter from the past to UNESCO. It is written Yerushalima. It explains – in Hebrew – our connection to Jerusalem and the centrality of Jerusalem. A servant of the king, certainly a King of Judah. It is from over 2,700 years ago – Jerusalem. In neither Arabic, Aramaic, Greek nor Latin – in Hebrew.

“And indeed this absurdity in the theater of the absurd continues, even if with reduced force. Therefore, I have decided to summon home for consultations our Ambassador to UNESCO and we will decide what to do, what our future steps will be vis-à-vis this organization. But it must be understood that in the end, and it will take time, this absurdity that hurts not only historical truth and present truth, but also – in my view – hurts the UN itself, this absurdity will end as Israel’s strength grows and expands.”

David Israel

Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO is Recalled to Jerusalem

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Carmel Shama Hacohen, has been recalled to Jerusalem “for consultations.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled the envoy on Wednesday as a protest in response to the vote by the organization’s World Heritage Committee approving its latest resolution erasing the ancient historic Judaic ties with Jerusalem.

“The theater of the absurd continues, and I have decided to invite Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO back to Israel for consultations. We will decide what to do and what follow-up measures will face this organization,” Netanyahu said Wednesday night in an address at IDC Herzliya.

The 21-member Committee passed the resolution, proposed by Tunisia and Lebanon on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, with 10 votes in favor of the measure — only the Muslim nations, plus Cuba and Vietnam. The PA and Jordan didn’t vote, as neither is a committee member.

The resolution denies any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, and any other sacred site in the holy city.

Only two member states opposed the resolution, which barely passed with less than a majority in a secret vote that was forced upon the committee in a surprise move by Croatia and Tanzania. Eight states abstained. One member was absent from the room and the remainder submitted blank forms.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Terror in Jerusalem Targets Jewish Homes and Buses

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Stoning and other terrorist attacks by Jerusalem Arabs over the past ten days have seemed to skyrocket around the Israeli capital following passage of a first, and then second resolution by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) erasing ancient historical ties between Judaism and Jerusalem.

The second resolution, passed by the World Heritage Committee, was proposed by Tunisia and Lebanon on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, neither of whom could vote on the measure because neither are members of the World Heritage Committee.

Arab terrorists on Wednesday hurled stones at an Israeli public bus traveling in Jerusalem as the vehicle drove around the Mount of Olives.

It was the second stoning attack in the Israeli capital in a matter of hours, following an earlier attack on an Israeli bus in the Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur which resulted in a smashed windshield on the vehicle.

None of the passengers were physically injured in the Mount of Olives attack, nor did the attackers succeed in damaging the bus.

In another attack, Arab attackers hurled stones at the Beit Yonatan apartment building in the ancient Jerusalem neighborhood of Shiloach (Silwan), as well as at a security vehicle that was passing in the area.

Arab terrorists also carried out a third attack on Rehov HaKari in the Old City of Jerusalem, hurling a glass bottle at a pedestrian who miraculously was not injured in the attack.

Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com, “There was an incident reported of stones thrown near the Old City. Police units searched the area for suspects. General Security measures continue in and around the Old City,” he said.

Rosenfeld added that it is not believed the attacks are related to the UNESCO resolution, nor do they comprise a new, or renewed “wave of terror” beginning in the capital.

Hana Levi Julian

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