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April 28, 2016 7:53 am

French Jewish Leaders Decry Country’s Support of UNESCO Resolution Denying Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

France’s recent support of a UN resolution denying Jewish ties to the Temple Mount is a “total travesty,” a prominent French-Israeli artist and political activist told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Ron Agam was referring to an April 16 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution labeling Judaism’s holiest site — and Islam’s third — as a Muslim holy site only. In the motion ahead of the vote, the Paris-based organization referred to the Temple Mount by its Arabic name, Al-Haram Al Sharif. 

Following the vote, Agam wrote on Facebook: “This week France voted at UNESCO for a resolution that denies any connection of the Jewish people to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. At the same time, France wants to convene an international summit for peace between Palestinians and Israelis. How can Jews and Israelis trust France’s integrity when on the eve of Passover, they insult the entire Jewish people with this shameless vote?”

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Elaborating on his post, Agam told The Algemeiner, “It is a total travesty that a country like France, with such an illustrious past, will compromise its dignity and honor with such an unthinkable revisionist attitude.”

French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia also weighed in, issuing rare criticism against his government last week. He expressed his “strong disapproval” of the UNESCO motion, JTA reported. “On the eve of Passover, a holiday when Jewish pilgrims would ascend to the Temple in Jerusalem, the chief rabbi of France reaffirms the indestructible ties that unite the Jewish people and Jerusalem and urges UNESCO executive council to reconsider their position as soon as possible,” Korsia said in a statement.

Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization representing French Jews, labeled France’s support for the resolution “scandalous.”

The UNESCO resolution also condemned Israeli action in East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and West Bank and called both Hebron and Bethlehem “integral” parts of “Palestine.” Hebron is the location of the Cave of the Patriarchs, considered holy by both Jews and Muslims. Rachel’s Tomb is located in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of Jesus. According to UNESCO, Israel is “planting Jewish fake graves in other spaces of the Muslim cemeteries.”

This is not the first time the cultural organization has passed controversial resolutions regarding holy sites in Israel. In 2010, Rachel’s Tomb was reclassified as “Bilal bin Rabah Mosque.” Thirty-three countries, including France, Russia and China, Sweden and Spain, voted in favor of the UNESCO resolution. Seventeen countries abstained while six — the US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Estonia and Lithuania — voted against it.

In response to the resolution, a Change.org petition is calling on UNESCO to recognize “the deep historic, cultural and religious connection between the Jewish people and holy sites in the land of Israel.” Created last week by the International Legal Forum and pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, the petition has garnered over 11,500 signatures from people around the world.

According to the petition, UNESCO is violating the “basic human rights of Jews everywhere, as well as those of other religions whose beliefs and heritage include the spiritual and historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem.” The recent resolution, according to the authors of the petition, will lead to global violence and “also hurts any prospect of peace and vicariously supports a radical ideology that denies the Jewish connection to the land of Israel and its holy sites.”

Ruth Lerner, a signatory from the UK, wrote on the petition page: I’m fed up with the lies perpetuated by these evil organizations run by evil people for their own evil ends.”

David Peters, a supporter from California, wrote: “The UNESCO resolution was motivated by hate, by antisemitism and by anti-Zionism. It flies in the face of 3,000 years of recorded history and facts apparent to the unprejudiced eye. This is one more action that proves the biased and blinded positions taken over the years by UNESCO.”

The petition will be delivered to the UN and UNESCO once it reaches 15,000 signatures.

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  • Don Calea

    Since the French government denies any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount than in the same vain France should withdraw from the occupied cities of Marseille, Toulouse and some suburbs of Paris. In the name of Liberté, égalité, fraternité France should declare Arab Muslim sovereignty over these French occupied territories.

  • Bruno

    France has its own free Palestinian State right i its heart. The killing has started. the stabbing and stone throwing follows. There will be a lot of French blood, it is too hard to turn around. It is easier to pretend to be with then, like in the 1940’s with the siding up to Hitler and his mob.

  • Isaac Brajtman

    We all know UNO, Unesco, and UN Humanrights are all one big farce controlled by second rate countries,so one shouldn’t be surprised by what they say . France is “bisexual” and lies on either side in bed depending on whether it’s a he or she in the bed. Politically just like that. So we should take it from where it comes

  • Arnold Diamond

    Unesco is acting in a hateful and disgusting manner. They are lying in order to pander to the Palestinian interests. It’s realpolitik at its worst. As a reminder to them any country who abuses it’s Jewish population falls and suffers. It is promised by G-d and history proves its true

  • Rene-Pierre Azria

    I understand the logic of radical Muslime to deny the Jewish people’ roots in Israel. It is purely political and they know the truth.
    I cannot fathom, however, why Christian countries would vote in favor of resolutions essentially implying that Jesus Christ did not exist, that his birthplace was not Jewish, that the Temple where he fought the Phariseans did not exist, etc… Don’t they understand that by being complicit with this farce, they deny Christianity?

  • Peter adamek

    The predictability of the UN (unesco) vote, denying Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem is scandalous, and only undermines the importance of this organization. Endeavoring to rewrite history is comparable to the evil deeds perpetrated by Governments and individuals in the past, present and probably future. Almost all fail, but the destructive damage it leaves behind is difficult to reconcile for future generations. This is the world we live in, a sad and sorry state, where lies and untruths become the reality.

  • Rachel kraus

    Temple Mount was holly to the Jews way before Islam was even born

    • Dylan

      Ummmm DUH are you serious??? Who the hell in all the world doesn’t know that? You people are serious morons.

  • nat cheiman

    The French are age old anti semites

  • The UNESCO, the UN, Russia, France, China, Palestinian and their allies Iran, Syria and the rest can go to Hell. ISRAEL and JEWISH STATE will still EXISIST. Amen for the Whole World will see, and to see, that; the JEWISH STATE and ISRAEL EXISISTING in JESUS CHRIST who was born in Jerusalem Mighty Name Amen.

  • This is evil, why? because those who occupy the (UNESCO)are selected EVIL few. We have God Almighty, Jesus Christ Mighty and Holy Ghost, Mighty standing behind the Jewish State and the Nation Israel, there is no FEARS at all. As the Scripture says in Romans;8, verse 31; and it reads, What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Amen, NKJV. In Isaiah;43,verses 1,to 7,and its reads. But now, thus says the Lord who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. 2; When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you; When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. 3; For I am the Lord your God. The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;(“therefore UNESCO, can never, and would never ever be the savior of the Jewish State and the Nation Israel Period”). Lets all say a Big AMEN, to that. As I continue the Scripture, from verse,3c; and it reads ,I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. 4; Since you were precious in my sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. 5; Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, And gather you from the west; 6; I will say to the north, Give them up! And to the south, Do not keeo them back! Bring my Sons from afar, And my daughters from the ends of the earth. 7; Everyone who is called by My Name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, Yes, I have made him. ISRAEL! this is the Word of GOD ALMIGHTY to You. FEAR NOT; not UNESCO, not UN, not the Palestinian and their allies France, Russia, China and those who Hate Israel and Jewish State; will be smote and consumed by God Almighty Himself. For the fight is HIS! and not Israel. AMEN.

  • Amir

    How international organzation like UN, or UNESCO can lie with no hesitation? They try to rewrite the human history? Who construct Jerusalm? King David and King Solomon bilt it thousand years before Islam and Christianity established!!
    I don’t blame the Arab supporters, but the civil and the modern world, this is SHAME. What more they need to hate Israel?

  • Dennis Shorkend

    What else would you expect unesco to say. they have always been biased against the Jewish people

  • see the sent reply. Furiously against any resolution from unesco c.a. that denies the rights the jewish people haven on their millennium-old land .

  • we protest against any resolution from unesco that denies the milennium-old rights of the jewish people on their holy land cum annexis.

  • jankel

    F… the stupid bowing dhimmis’ Petitions!
    Just Coward Jews, get out from UN and UNESCO…Don’t Pay a Dime more for these bastards.
    That’s all!

  • Ruth Ingram

    How can an organisation like UNESCO denies historical facts?
    It is loosing it’s credibility.

    • Dylan

      Stupid moron, when does a group of Marxists EVER tell the truth/facts? How? You are truly stupid, the word “how” is asked by idiots who don’t know how the world and atheistic belief systems work.

  • Paul la Demain

    It isn’t enough to castigate UNESCO—don’t let these evil people hide behind the acronym. The must be name, shamed, and made to pay damages for slandering the sovereign rights of the state of Israel. And if there are any Jews who want to go along with UNESCO just to “get along” they should be excommunicated.

    We would also like to hear Netanyahu say: How DARE you offend Jews. Are you evil people inciting violence with your filthy lies.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Jews by doing nothing prove that they have not changed since the Holocaust.

    Hundreds of thousands of Jews must protest this insult and the offender must be dismissed.

    Do you think the French would do this to the Muslims? They would be scared to death at the outrage and protests and yes,the violence.

    But they Jews do nothing and so the Holocaust Memorials are a grim reminder of what happens when you do nothing.

    • Dylan

      The Jews do nothing because they believe the Messiah will be the one to destroy the pigs Mosque. The Christians do nothing because they have been deceived by the lie of pacifism. That mosque of pigs should have been burned to the ground centuries ago, now it will never happen.

  • Larry

    No surprise here. France is and always was an Anti-semetic nation. For some idiotic reason France thinks if they kiss the butt of the arabs in Jerusalem their own Muslim population will look kindly upon the French government. Dream on France, it will never happen.

    • Thats no mystery the french nation are cowards and do not deserve a nation of their own but a number of small states to be controlled by their neighbors, and Israel

      Thats no mystery the french nation are cowards and do not deserve a nation of their own but a number of small states to be controlled by their neighbors, and Israel

  • Jennifer Chantrill

    Outrageous action by UNESCO.

  • France will be one of the first Western appeasers to recognize the PLO terrorist state, whenever it comes up for a vote at the UN. France’s biggest loss will be when there is no more French Jewish community. And those former synagogues will become Islamic centers for the demise of the French culture. Vive la Israel!

  • stevenl

    French Jews, the elite in particular, are blinded to the evidences. No one is immune to stupidity and anti-Semitism.
    What will it take, Eurabian Jews?
    Without the complicity of the West this would NEVER be possible.

  • Linda Rivera

    Who are these mere humans who shake their fist at Almighty God, our Precious, Glorious, Awesome Creator, who gave Israel to Jews as an everlasting possession?

    The day will come as foretold in Psalm 2:5 Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury…

  • Myron Slater

    As usual the UN shows it is run by bigots and countries that hate Jews. Israel has the right to it’s historical sites with out interference from any other religion!

  • Otto Schiff

    The UNESCO resolution regarding the temple mount is ridiculous at
    the face of it.
    It is a combination of nonsense and antisemitism.
    SHAME ON THE UN AND UNESCO.

  • brenrod

    I fault israeli gov… they should close the MOunt to muslims and all shared holy sites with muslims. I am sick of whining jews that dont do anything when these things happen. Unexco should be barred from any location they have insulted.
    the pals instigated it and they should be barred, the treaty with jordan is meaningless as they are part of the incitement. netanyahu makes me sick, he is the leader of the muslims not the jews.

  • Moshe Akiva

    Simply disgusting. These idiots think their Muslim population will be peaceful if they keep on destroying Israel and denying Jewish history.

  • Steven Woody

    I totally support Israel. UNESCO must be guided by evil people behind the scenes. Follow the money, I bet there is a lot of funds coming from the Muslim community to fund its evil intentions in trying to rid the world of Israel and Israelis. But guess what! The bible says Israel will never perish. Praise God!

  • Laurie J. Howard

    I stand with Israel. Stop the discrimination. This land belongs to Israel and it always will. Thank you, Laurie Howard

    • Dylan

      Standing with anyone is irrelevant unless you are willing to take up arms when standing with them.

  • This is madness! The Temple Mount’s “Wailing Wall” (Kotel) is a physical FACT. The muslims’ “claim” to it is that Muhammad had a dream about the place, once! A DREAM! He never even visited it!

  • Stein

    Unesco is guilty of seeking a cultural genocide against the Jewish people.

    France is as guilty as ever, of Antisemitism.

  • Osahon Uwagboe

    Clearly, the views expressed by UNESCO and its supporters are a blatant lie that shames the subject of history as taught in their schools,colleges and universities.How would anyone deny the Jews claim to the temple mount.
    Did it not come to the knowledge of the United Nations that in 1917 Gen.Allenby ordered that the Land of palestine,which was so named by the Ottoman empire that ran over the land of israel,be given back to the Jews because of course it was the land in the first place,undisputably because of their rich historical ties to that land.

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