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October 28, 2016 / 26 Tishri, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘UNESCO’

Mexico’s Jewish Envoy Saving the Day at UNESCO

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Mexico’s new ambassador to UNESCO in Paris Andrés Roemer Slomianski, 52, the grandson of Ernesto Roemer, a Viennese conductor who escaped from the Nazis, walked out of the hall on Friday because he couldn’t bring himself to obey his government’s instructions to support the blatantly anti-Semitic, Arab-drafted resolution denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and the Western Wall, UN Watch reported Monday. Mexico was one of 24 states that supported the resolution, casting its vote via one of Roemer Slomianski’s deputies.

It looked bad for a while, as Mexico’s foreign ministry ordered Roemer Slomianski home “for consultations,” after appointing him only last May. According to Israeli ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-HaCohen, the Mexican diplomat, political analyst, attorney, economist, think tank founder, and author of 16 books and two award-winning plays was at risk of being “sent home and fired.” Roemer Slomianski said he thought about quitting, but after consultation with ambassadors from other countries decided to stay in office.

Now Mexico has decided to change its vote and triggered a special clause allowing it to demand a recast vote in order to change its decision. This turnaround has come amidst mounting pressure from the sane countries making up the agency, as well as a rebuke from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who said she intends “to fight intolerance and contemporary forms of anti-Semitism, including those which seek to delegitimize the State of Israel,” and criticism from departing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who reaffirmed “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions” and stressed “the importance of the religious and historical link of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian peoples to the holy site.” As a result of all of the above, UNESCO’s executive board will revisit the resolution at 11 AM Tuesday.

A senior official in Jerusalem told Haaretz that Mexico’s changed position was the result of strong protests from Mexico’s Jewish community. Apparently the vote in favor came despite an explicit promise from Mexican President Ennrique Pena Nieto to Mexican Jews and to Israeli officials that Mexico would not support the UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem.

Even though the new vote is probably going to resemble the Friday version, it will give non-Arab countries an opportunity to change their vote, leaving the anti-Israel countries isolated. Regardless of the outcome, opposition voices in Israel, such as former PM Ehud Barak, who blamed Netanyahu’s government for the failure Friday will have to praise it now for its competence as it quickly turned world opinion around on the resolution and actually forced a new vote.


The Danger Zone – When Will We Learn? [audio]

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

With Israel being at the forefront of terrorism you would think they know how to handle terrorists, but sometimes you just have to ask the question, “When will we learn?” Today we will be discussing the case of Eiman the 17 year old daughter of the terrorist Misbah Abu Sbeih from last Sunday’s attack in Jerusalem. Afterwards we will be joined once again by Rabbi Aryel Nachman to discuss the UNESCO vote which claims that Jews have no connection to the Temple Mount.

The Danger Zone 17OCT2016 – PODCAST


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Netanyahu: UNESCO Rewrites History

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

By Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

On Friday I spoke with newly elected UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. I shared with him the outrage of all Israelis following Thursday’s UNESCO decision that once again denied the over 3,000 year old connection between the Jewish people and its holiest site in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount. This was the site of Solomon’s Temple described in book of Kings in the Bible. It was the site of the second temple built by Jewish exiles who returned from Babylon some 500 years later. It was this second temple that was refurbished by King Herod and visited by Jesus as recounted in the New Testament.

Decisions like this distort historical truth that Jews, Christians and most of humanity know to be fact. These decisions also do nothing to advance peace. On the contrary, they only fuel the Palestinian fantasy of a Land of Israel with no Israel. They falsely teach Palestinian children that the Jews have no history and no rights here and therefore there’s no need to make peace with them.

Yesterday the United Nations further demonstrated its moral bankruptcy when it comes to Israel.

The Security Council discussed what it calls “Illegal Israeli Settlements.” According to the UN concept paper, the very presence of Jews living in Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, “seriously jeopardizes” the viability of two states.

That claim only makes sense if you ignore thousands of years of Jewish history, as UNESCO did this week.

That claim only makes sense if you accept the anti-Semitic Palestinian demand for a state free of Jews as somehow essential for peace.

Over a million and a half Arabs live in Israel as full citizens. Does their presence constitute a barrier to peace? Of course not. That some Jews live in Judea and Samaria is no more a barrier to peace than that.

No matter how often lies about Israel are repeated, this doesn’t make them true.

The real barrier to peace is not the settlements but the persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any boundaries.

That’s why the Palestinians attacked the Jews for half a century before there was a single settlement and continued to attack Israel after it dismantled all the settlements and withdrew from Gaza entirely.

The real barrier to peace is the outrageous idea that Jews cannot live in their ancestral homeland and need to be cleansed from it. The real barrier to peace is terrorist regimes like Hamas that launch tens of thousands of missiles at Israeli civilians and call for genocide of all Jews.

But the UN, and the so-called peace groups that testified there on Friday, are too busy denying Jews our rights, spreading lies and distorting history to recognize and condemn the actual barriers to peace.

Until that changes, until the UN drops its double standards towards Israel and stops ignoring Palestinian terror and rejectionism, peace for Israelis and Palestinians will not come from the United Nations any more than security for Israel will come from the Security Council.

I said recently at the UN that there may be a storm before the calm in the coming months. We are in the storm. But I also said that “I have total confidence that in the years ahead the revolution in Israel’s standing among the nations will finally penetrate this hall of nations.”

It will take some time, but that too will come, when most of nations of the world will decide to stop using the UN as a platform for lies and hate and it will reclaim its noble mandate to advance truth and peace.

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Bennett Suspends All Cooperation with ‘Terror Supporting’ UNESCO

Friday, October 14th, 2016

As part of his role as Education Minister, Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett is also President of the Israel National Commission for UNESCO, and so on Friday he decided to suspend all professional cooperation with the international body following its resolution that denied the connection of the Jewish people to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The Israeli commission will no longer conduct meetings with UNESCO representatives nor participate in its international conferences, due to what Bennet called the organization’s support for terror.

According to Bennett, “the organization’s decision is a denial of history which offers a back wind to terrorism. I will work with my colleagues around the world against this delusional resolution. An official announcement has been sent to the UNESCO leadership.”

Minister Bennett also sent a letter to all UNESCO member states saying that “anyone who rewards the supporters of jihad in Jerusalem, on the same week that two Jews have been murdered in the city, could end up being next in line, God forbid. The Western world must resist UNESCO and rewarding terror.”

The resolution, voted on by non-Western states including many from the Arab world, was submitted by the Palestinian Authority. Among other things they blame Israel for destroying Jerusalem’s historic and archeological heritage by conducting archaeological digs.

David Israel

BULLETPROOF – ISIS, UNESCO & CoverGirl. You Can’t MAKEUP This Stuff [audio]

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Ari talks about UNESCO deleting Jewish history, Israeli Arabs in ISIS and CoverGirl now using a boy for their cover. You don’t want to miss this show!


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Ehud Barak Blames UNESCO Decision on Netanyahu

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday told Israel’s Channel 2 News that the UNESCO decision which denies the Jewish nation’s historic connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in Jerusalem was “Netanyahu’s monumental failure on the international front.” He blamed the prime minister for the fact that both China and Russia supported the resolution.

Haaretz suggested on Thursday that most of the Arab countries felt the resolution was too over the top, but had no choice but to support it, lest they be seen as not favoring the Palestinian Authority which pushed it. Both Russia and China obviously threw their weight on the Palestinian side to offset the American and Western vote against it.

Besides China and Russia, Netanyahu’s “monumental failure” included his inability to influence the votes of Algeria,  Bangladesh, Brazil, Chad, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Vietnam.

In his brief term as prime minister (May 17, 1999 to February 6, 2001) Ehud Barak did not leave much of an impression abroad, distinguishing his rule solely by his hurried retreat from South Lebanon, abandoning Israel’s Christian friends there. Apparently, Lebanon still voted for the UNESCO resolution…


Russia Voted in Favor of UNESCO Resolution on Jerusalem

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Russia was among the 24 countries who voted in favor of the UNESCO resolution denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s holiest Jewish sites — the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

The resolution refers to both solely by their Muslim names and condemns Israel as the “occupying power” for ‘escalating aggressions and illegal measures against the Awqaf Department.’ It adds a sparse sentence noting the ‘importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls for the three monotheistic faiths, Islam, Christianity and Judaism.’

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