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April 5, 2017 1:56 pm

UNESCO Chief: ‘Jerusalem is the Capital of King David’

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Photo: UNESCO. – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has rebuffed attempts by the UN cultural body to deny a historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

“In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant,” Bokova said last week at the policy conference of the European Coalition for Israel, a grassroots Christian initiative.

“To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, and runs counter to the reasons that justifies its inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List,” she added.

Bokova’s comments represent a sharp contrast to previous statements and resolutions issued by the UN agency. In October 2016, UNESCO passed two controversial resolutions condemning Israeli actions at Jerusalem’s holy sites and ignoring Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

Yet in a meeting last month with World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reaffirmed his recognition of Judaism’s historic ties to Jerusalem. Before March’s remarks, the UN chief had said on Israeli radio, “It is completely clear the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.”

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  • Mike AU

    UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova is correct and
    the UN “cultural” bodies attempt to fabricate their version
    of history denying Jewish association with Jerusalem and
    religious sites is tantamount to fraud.
    1 Chronicles 6:31-32(KJV)
    31 And these are they whom David set over the service of
    song in the house of the Lord, after that the ark had rest.
    32 And they ministered before the dwelling place of the
    tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon
    had built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem: and then they
    waited on their office according to their order.
    Also UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres statement
    is correct, the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 AD.
    Mark 13:2(KJV)
    2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these
    great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon
    another, that shall not be thrown down.
    Jesus predicted the destruction of the temple in 70 AD.

  • Joseph Feld

    Let us thank President Trump and his campaign promise to end USA funding for loony UN agencies such as UNESCO. The top people in the UN and UNESCO have suddenly remembered that Jerusalem has been the focal point of Jewish prayer for three thousand years, since the days of King David and King Solomon. The Bible mentions Jerusalem more than 600 times. The Quar’an mentions Jerusalem not even once. We Jews were the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Judea just as the Arabs were the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Arabia.