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October 20, 2015 6:31 am

Israel Fights Arab-Led UNESCO Resolution to Declare Western Wall a Muslim Holy Site

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The Western Wall. Photo: Twitter.

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JNS.org – Israel is working to thwart an Arab-led UNESCO resolution that is seeking to declare the Western Wall as a Muslim holy site.

The proposal, which is expected to voted on by Oct. 21, is “an attempt to redraw history and blur the connection between the Jewish people and its holiest place and to create a false reality,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.

The Western Wall includes the remains of a retaining wall erected by King Herod from the Second Temple that was destroyed by the Romans during the 1st Century CE. While the Temple Mount is the holiest place in Judaism, restrictions against Jewish prayer at the site have led to the nearby Western Wall becoming a focal point for Jewish prayer.

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The draft resolution was submitted to UNESCO’s Executive Council by six Arab states — including Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates — on behalf of the Palestinians. The resolution calls the Western Wall “Buraq Plaza,” in reference to the Islamic tradition that the Prophet Mohammed’s horse, Buraq, was tethered there when he ascended to heaven from the Temple Mount.

The proposal also calls for an international condemnation of the recent actions of Israeli forces in Jerusalem, which is called the “occupied capital of Palestine” in the resolution.

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  • Ralph Schleichkorn

    Why just stop at the Western Wall? While they’re at it, why don’t the Arabs try to get UNESCO to declare all of Israel a Muslim country in an effort to rewrite history and geographically wipe Israel off the map?
    After all, Arab maps pretend Israel never existed and show Palestine instead!

  • Sherlock Holmes

    We should propose that the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount be declared a joint Jewish and Christian holy site. There may be 54 Muslim countries in the UN, but there are many more Christian countries!By the time the Muslims arrived in the 7th Century Jerusalem had been a focal point of Jewish spirituality for about 1,600 years and a Christian place of pilgrimage for about 600 years. Muslims are the ‘new boys on the block’ and the least they can do is recognise that Jews and Christians have a far older claim to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

  • A SWITZER

    Canada and U.S. Must stand with Israel over this lie. It’s really time to stop the histrionics of PA which is Hamas in a tie.

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