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October 21, 2016 1:29 pm

In Wake of UNESCO Resolution, Lawmakers From 17 Countries Sign Document Demanding International Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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Lawmakers from around the world present Deputy Minister Michael Oren, center, with a declaration against UNESCO's Jerusalem resolution. Photo: Avi Hayon.

Lawmakers from around the world present Deputy Minister Michael Oren, center, with a declaration against UNESCO’s Jerusalem resolution. Photo: Avi Hayon. — Lawmakers from 17 countries signed a declaration Thursday calling for “international recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided, eternal capital of the state of Israel.”

The move came in response to last week’s UNESCO resolution omitting any Jewish link to the Temple Mount and Western Wall, a decision the document calls “disconnected from reality” and “incorrect.”

Nineteen parliamentarians presented the declaration to Israel’s Deputy Minister Michael Oren, who delivered it to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Oren called the UNESCO resolution “unacceptable” and said it “must be fought against in every way possible.”

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He praised the lawmakers for “the signing of the declaration…against UNESCO” as “one of the steps we will take against this atrocious decision.”

Oren added, “We will continue to emphasize the eternal connection between the Jewish people and our eternal capital for ever and ever, which nobody in the world, and certainly not UNESCO, can break.”

The officials who signed the declaration — from countries including the Netherlands, Finland, Latvia, Spain, Switzerland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Malawi, South Africa, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Chile — were in Israel for the 5th annual Israel Allies Foundation Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference, sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, and held at the Mamilla Hotel near the Old City.

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