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New UNESCO World Heritage Vote on Jerusalem Set for Wednesday

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization is set to vote in Paris on another resolution on Wednesday on the issue of Jerusalem, this time on the “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.”

The resolution, sponsored by Kuwait, Lebanon and Tunisia, is being reviewed by the agency’s 21-member World Heritage Committee and this time doesn’t contain any reference whatsoever to Christianity and the “Jewish people” at all.

Member states who are eligible to vote on Wednesday include: Azerbaijan, Angola, Burkina Zimbabwe, Croatia, Cuba, Faso, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Both Mexico and Brazil, who voted in favor of the previous resolution, entitled “Occupied Palestine,” subsequently expressed regret and vowed to abstain in future votes. Italy, which abstained, said it would oppose future resolutions on such issues. Moreover, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call that he would try to convince his European colleagues to do the same, according to Netanyahu’s office.

All three responses were welcomed by Israel – but not one of the three is a member of the World Heritage Committee, and therefore none of them can cast a ballot in Wednesday’s vote.

Israeli envoy to UNESCO Carmel Shama Hacohen has been directed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also acting Foreign Minister, to try to convince those member states who abstained during the previous vote to this time vote against the resolution.

Hana Levi Julian

Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi: UNESCO Resolution on Jerusalem ‘Like Saying Sun Creates Darkness’

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vows that from now on his nation will vote against anti-Israel resolutions like the one passed by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), obliterating Judaism’s historic link with Jerusalem.

Italy abstained in the vote, as did 25 other nations, while 24 member states voted in favor of the resolution. Only six countries had the courage to oppose the resolution advanced by the Palestinian Authority, which labels the Temple Mount and the Western Wall solely by their Muslim names and refers to them only as Islamic holy sites. The resolution contains one single line referring to the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls as being holy to Islam, Christianity and the Jewish people – in that order and worded in that way.

On Friday, Renzi told an Italian radio station during a visit to Brussels, “It is not possible to continue with these resolutions at the UN and UNESCO that aim to attack Israel.

“It is shocking and I have ordered that we stop taking this position (abstaining) even if it means breaking ranks from the position taken by the rest of Europe.

“I have asked diplomats handling these issues to cease doing so. If anyone wants to say something about Israel, let them say it, but they shouldn’t use UNESCO…

“To say that the Jews have no links to Jerusalem is like saying the sun creates darkness,” Renzi said.

The Italian prime minister also vowed to summon Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni when he returns home, to determine why Italy abstained, instead of voting to oppose the resolution.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Renzi on Saturday for opposing the resolution. In a statement, Netanyahu’s office said the two premiers spoke on Saturday and that the Israeli prime minister told Renzi that “even the theater of the absurd has limits.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon meanwhile warmly congratulated the Italian government and prime minister for his statement. “We hope Italy guides the way for other European countries, and countries all over the world,” Nachshon said.

Parliamentarians from 17 nations visiting Israel last week also condemned the resolution in a statement, calling it “disconnected from reality.” The lawmakers said they would work towards international recognition of Jerusalem as the “undivided, eternal capital of the State of Israel.” Among the nations represented were Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica.

Hana Levi Julian

The Tamar Yonah Show – Islamic Jerusalem? [audio]

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Jerusalem, the sacred city of the three major religions – is now an ISLAMIC city, according to the recent UNESCO vote [sic]. Hear Tamar talk about it with Dr. Martin Sherman, Founder and Director of the Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies. You can find him at www.MartinSherman.org www.strategic-israel.org

The Tamar Yonah Show 19OCT2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

UNESCO Makes Me Smile [audio]

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The hidden benefits of UNESCO’s lunatic aggression against Judaism and the Jewish people.

Phantom Nation 18OCT2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

UNESCO Passes Resolution Denying Jewish Ties To Temple Mount

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

UNESCO, the United Nations cultural body, passed a resolution last week that condemns Israeli actions at Jerusalem’s holy sites and ignores any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall complex.

Calling the vote “another hallucinatory decision” by the group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “To say that Israel has not connection to the Temple and the Western Wall is like saying
that China is not connected to the Great Wall of China or the Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. I believe that historical truth is more powerful and this truth will prevail.”

The resolution, backed by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan on behalf of the Palestinians, passed by a 24 –6 margin with 26 countries abstaining.

The six countries voting against the resolution were the U.S., Germany, the U.K., the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Estonia.

The resolution affirms “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions” and goes on to denounce Israel as an “occupying power,” condemning it for a number of “aggressions and illegal measures” at the holy site.

It also blames Israel for inciting violence on the Temple Mount, which it exclusively refers to as the Al-Haram Al-Sharif, a Muslim term for the holy site that means in Arabic “The Noble Sanctuary.”

UNESCO “firmly deplores the continuous storming of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif by Israeli right-wing extremists and uniformed forces, and urges Israel, the occupying Power, to take necessary measures to prevent provocative abuses that violate the sanctity and integrity of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif.”

Additionally, it refers to Western Wall Plaza by its Muslim name “Al-Buraq Plaza,” a reference to the horse from Islamic mythology that transported the prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem.

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told JNS that “the move is ironic in the sense that the Israelis have probably done more than any other sovereign that has controlled Jerusalem to ensure that all faiths can have access to the city and practice their faith.”

The latest UNESCO resolution follows another one passed in April that also ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. That resolution passed with 33 votes in favor, six against and 17 abstentions.

Schanzer said the politicization process at UNESCO has been growing since the Palestinians joined the international body in 2011.

“This sadly shows that UNESCO is heading in the direction of the UN Human Rights Council where it is a caricature of itself,” he said.

“It underscores the dangers of the Palestinian statehood initiative, this process after the Palestinians joined of delegitimizing anything regarding Israel without any basis for it. It is a warning for any other UN agencies that may begin with working with the Palestinians.”

Despite the disappointing outcome for Israel, not a single European country voted in favor of the resolution, with nations like France, Spain, Slovenia, and Sweden abstaining. Other allies of Israel such as India also abstained.

Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, said the outcome of the vote was a significant victory for Israel.

“The Palestinians have lost all support in Europe, including France, Spain, and even Sweden,” Shama-Hacohen said. “Along with the shift of position of key countries such as India and Argentina to abstention, the vote constitutes a significant achievement [for Israel] compared to the opening conditions for prior votes.”

The Temple Mount, the site of the first two Jewish temples, has long played a pivotal role in Jewish affairs and worship. Yet after the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in the first century CE, the site passed through a succession of foreign rulers, from the Muslim Caliphs and Crusaders to more recently the Ottoman and British empires. While the site was under control of the Muslim Umayyad Caliphate in 691 C.E., the Dome of the Rock was built over the site of the former Jewish Temple.

After failing to gain control of Jerusalem’s Old City during the 1948 War of Independence, Israeli forces captured the Old City and the Temple Mount from Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War. Despite regaining Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount, for the first time in nearly 2,000 years, Israeli leaders relinquished religious sovereignty over the site to the Jordanian-run Islamic Waqf. Under that arrangement, which became the “status quo,” Jewish prayer was forbidden on the Temple Mount and non-Muslim access was restricted to certain days and hours.

Before last week’s vote, the Israeli Foreign Ministry launched an all-out diplomatic blitz to convince as many countries as possible to either reject the resolution or abstain from the vote.

As part of that effort, the Foreign Ministry created a brochure detailing the Temple Mount’s Jewish history, including a picture of the Arch of Titus in Rome, which depicts a Jewish menorah carried off by the Romans.

Similarly, a bipartisan group of 39 U.S. lawmakers led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) wrote a letter to the UNESCO executive board asking them to vote against the resolution.

“UNESCO’s anti-Israel agenda has long been apparent and this latest lopsided vote in favor of this shameful resolution is no different,” Ros-Lehtinen told JNS.

“This resolution attacked the historical connection between Judaism and Jerusalem as part of a larger effort throughout the UN system to delegitimize the Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Ros-Lehtinen added that UNESCO’s continued anti-Israel focus “once again proves that this organization is in desperate need of reform, and until those reforms are made, I will continue to ensure that Congress does not allow any U.S. taxpayer dollars to be used to fund this broken organization.”

Prominent Jewish and Christian groups also weighed on condemning the UNESCO resolution.

“UNESCO’s leadership has approved a blatantly biased resolution that attempts to erase the specific deep-rooted, historical connection of Jews (and Christians) to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital,” the Orthodox Union said in a statement. “It also unjustly singles out Israel with false accusations and criticism with regard to recent acts of terrorism.”

Sean Savage

UNESCO, Uman, and the Final War on Jerusalem

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Israel Rising website}

It is written in chapter 12 of Zecharia:

1 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The saying of the LORD, who stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth, and formed the spirit of man within him:
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of staggering unto all the peoples round about, and upon Judah also shall it fall to be in the siege against Jerusalem.
3 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a stone of burden for all the peoples; all that burden themselves with it shall be sore wounded; and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered together against it.

and again in chapter 14:

1 Behold, a day of the LORD cometh, when thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, but the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fighteth in the day of battle.
4 And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleft in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, so that there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azel; yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and the LORD my God shall come, and all the holy ones with Thee.

UNESCO has finally gone ahead and used its majority Arab membership to rewrite history and erase the deep and unwavering connection between the Jewish nation and Jerusalem. While it states in the text, which can be read in full here, “Affirming the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions…” it clearly and unequivocally only acknowledges Jerusalem’s Old City as having Palestinian heritage. Instead of viewing the Jewish return to Jerusalem and the national rectification of recieving back that which was stolen from it during theyears of forced Arab occupation as legitimate these regrown Jewish roots are seen through the veil of increased “occupation”.

Being a world body UNESCO has opened the first shot in the world’s war against Jerusalem as prophesized thousands of years ago. Israeli politicians, religious leaders, and activists have responded with anger and declarations. After all, nearly all Jews that have some sort of connection to the broader national belief set hold a bond that is unbreakable with Jerusalem. Despite the outcry, there is not much on a political level we can do. That in of itself may be the most painful aspect of all.

Rectifying Our Past, Reconnecting Our Future

As someone who considers himself a follower of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, I journeyed to Uman, Ukraine to be by Rebbe Nachman’s grave for Rosh Hoshanah. Rebbe Nachman made it clear that his followers should continue to visit him for Rosh Hoshonah even after his departure from this world. “There is nothing greater that my Rosh Hoshanah,” Rebbe Nachman stated to his followers.

Of all of Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, none is more powerful than his exhortation to spend at least an hour a day in personal solitude in direct conversation with the Almighty. While in Uman I spent most of my time like many others next to Rebbe Nachman’s grave, yet when I wanted to be alone I walked quite a ways from the central area of rebuilt Jewish Uman. Just prior to Rosh Hoshanah I reached a quiet spot overlooking a river flowing out of Uman. It was at this spot I chose to speak to G-d. My hour long session was so meaningful I decided to return near to the same spot the next day, yet chose a different route to get there.

As I approached the area I noticed the color of the earth changed to black beneath my feet and there were broken tombstones all around for as far as I could see. I felt a sense of deep anguish in the area and after my hour long seclusion I located the rebuilt graves of Rebbe Nachman’s grandson and one of his chief students Reb Naftali. Nearby I found a sign noting the area was a the burial place for 3000 Jews slaughtered by the Ukrainians in the pogroms of 1920.

Jewish blood flows throughout Uman. From the Chmielnicki massacre of 1648 that saw nearly 30,000 Jews killed in Uman with over 500,000 in the rest of the Ukraine to the pogroms of 1920 to the Nazi exterminations in WW2. Rebbe Nachman stated clearly his ability to rectify the souls of the dead and the torments of the souls lying in Uman were clearly far greater than other places. Yet, I believe Rebbe Nachman has another agenda (one of many) by asking us to return to Uman year in and year out.

In many ways we are the rectification. After he leaves, the Tzaddik (rightous one) has no physical presence in our world, yet he continues to have an impact due to the fullfillment of his lessons and advice by his followers who are called his legs. It is our praying, singing, and dancing in a place of such pain that rectifies the broken souls left in the area.

The Long-Short Path

In the Talmud, tractacte Eruvin it states that Rebbe Yehoshua ben Hanniyah was travelling and saw a child at a fork in the road. He asked the child which way was the best to the city. The child said that one path was a short-long path and the other was a long short-path.

Rebbe Yehoshua ben Hanniyah took the short long path and very quickly came to the outskirts of the city and found that it was surrounded by gardens and orchards. He returned to the child and and said: “My child you said this was the short path.” The child responded to him: “No I said it was the long path.” Rebbe Yehoshua ben Hanniyah then said the following: “I kissed him on his head and I said to him, happy is Israel that all of them are with from the big to the small.”

This passage has tremendous lessons for our time. We the Jewish nation returned in great haste to our ancient homeland. Miracle after miracle has guided us and yet we insist on playing by the rules of the nations of the world. We rushed back so fast we have gotten lost in gardens and orchards of world politics and forgotten the surest way of crossing the proverbial finish line of redemption. The Jewish people wanted to so much to be back in Jerusalem we set out on the short-long path and cannot truly enter our city in a way that feels lasting. We have been forced to return to the fork in the road and take the other path no matter how long it seems it may take.

For me this path is the path of Uman, which by way of complete and pure faith reminds us that we as a nation are above the normtive rules of time and space. We are forever. Our war is not against UNESCO. They are a pawn played by the Almighty in the march towards fullfiling the prophecies laid out thousands of years ago. Our war is with ourselves; with that part of us that forgot what it means to trust in the Almighty and develop an instrinsic faith in G-d as a real active part of our lives, both personal and national.

Rebbe Nachman said many times that a great flood of anti-faith would rage around the world and at the end our war would be about recovering our own faith. By bringing us back to the geographical point where we had such faith that we were willing to die for it, we the Jewish Nation are able to recapture that part of us which was lost along the way.

UNESCO has no power to change the truth. In fact, it is telling that the sons of Ishmael who are supposedly faithful to G-d rely on earthly political constructs to erase our history. If they have stooped that low, we have only to reach inside ourselves to rise past them. That is our task and of course let G-d do the rest.

David Mark

Foreign Lawmakers in Hebron: UNESCO Decision ‘Shocking’

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Hebron (TPS) – While Israel’s foreign policy establishment and Jewish groups around the world continued to simmer over last week’s UNESCO resolution rejecting Israel’s connection to Jerusalem, a group of 19 parliamentarians visiting Israel slammed the decision, saying members of the world cultural body were acting “like children.”

‘It’s good to be here in Israel. This is not my first visit to the country but it’s my first visit to Hebron. It’s shocking that a body like UNESCO can deny the facts. They are acting like children, lying about history,” said Kenneth Meshoe, a member of the South African parliament and president of the country’s African Christian Democratic Party.

Meshoe is one of 15 parliamentarians who visited Hebron Wednesday, from Europe, Africa and South America on a tour sponsored by the Yesha Council. The group, visiting Israel to mark the 50th Anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem in 1967, will also meet with Israeli government ministers, leading politicians and finance sector officials.

 

In addition to Meshoe, notable lawmakers included Chairman of the Israel Allies Caucus in the European Parliament MEP Bas Belder, Italian Senator Lucio Malan, who earlier this year passed a bill prohibiting Holocaust denial and Dutch MP Kees van der Staaij, who passed a bill in the Netherlands preventing the funding of BDS organizations.

The visit was coordinated by the Israel Allies Foundation, an umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of 35 pro-Israel caucuses in parliaments throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia, and will conclude at the Feast of Tabernacles celebration Thursday at Pais Arena in Jerusalem.

Some 5,000 Christian supporters of Israel are expected to attend the ceremony.

Josh Reinstein, Executive Vice President of the Israel Allies Foundation, said in a statement that the delegation aims to gain a better understanding about the history of Jerusalem, as well as other flashpoints in the Israeli-Arab conflict. The group’s itinerary includes a tour of the Qalandiya checkpoint in northern Jerusalem, the Tomb of Samuel lookout point, Mount Scopus and more. In Hebron, the group visited the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron Museum and Tel Rumeida excavations and vantage point over the old city.

“The parliamentarians visiting Hebron today are men and women of faith. It’s exciting for them to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs. In light of the UNESCO vote, this visit is especially significant,” Reinstein told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

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