UNESCO’s Jerusalem Disgrace
Like the Roman Colosseum, the UN has become an outlet for outlandish escapism and diversion from real problems facing the world. The UN should take note, however, because the Colosseum’s excesses helped lead to the implosion of the Roman Empire.
The UN has a long history of slandering the Jewish state while ignoring real global problems. UNESCO’s outrageous decision to designate the Temple Mount and the Western Wall as “Muslim sites” will not change anything on the ground in Jerusalem. More importantly, it will not stop the genocide in Syria or end global Islamist terror. Nor will it end the famine in North Korea or the persecution of women and minorities in the Middle East, and around the world.
The UN’s disgusting and antisemitic track record is beyond question. On November 10, 1975 — the anniversary of Kristallnacht — the UN passed its infamous resolution equating Zionism with racism. This outrageous libel was backed by the same despotic and criminal regimes that now seek to erase 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Netanyahu correctly stated, “It’s like saying that the Chinese have no connection to the Great Wall of China and the Egyptians have no connection to the pyramids.”
For the past 2,000 years, Jews in exile have yearned to return to Jerusalem. The connection of the Jewish people to their ancient capital was so powerful that even the Roman Empire, one of the most powerful nations in history, could not break it.
The Romans celebrated their subjugation of the Jews by minting coins with the inscription “Judea Capta” — Judea conquered. The Romans also erected the Arch of Titus to commemorate their victory over the Jews in Jerusalem. The arch depicted the menorah and other spoils being taken from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Despite its subjugation of the Jews 2,000 years ago, the Roman Empire is gone while the Jewish people live on — in Jerusalem.
Instead of rewriting history, the UN and the despotic and autocratic regimes that run it should study the history of the Jewish people — a people that has outlived every empire and power that tried to subjugate or destroy it.
While Israel’s neighbors are stuck in a distorted past, the Jewish people confidently embrace the future. Jerusalem is not only a monument of Israel’s history, but also a hub for cutting-edge technologies, economic growth and prosperity. Should Israel’s neighbors eventually decide to join this promising and peaceful future, they will have to follow the example of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who realized that the path to genuine peace with Israel leads to the city where the Jewish past and future meet — Jerusalem.