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May 25, 2017 10:15 am

Czech Parliament Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Condemns UNESCO

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JNS.org – The Czech Parliament approved a resolution Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, while condemning recent anti-Israel resolutions passed by UNESCO.

The resolution, which was approved by 116 of 156 members of the parliament’s lower chamber, calls on the Czech government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to stop paying membership fees to UNESCO until it stops its anti-Israel bias.

In early May, UNESCO passed a resolution denying Israel’s claims over Jerusalem. Last year, UNESCO passed two resolutions denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.

At a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the Czech lawmakers for the resolution.

“The parliament in Prague called on its government to respect the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and also proposed halting any additional state payment of UNESCO membership dues as long as the organization continues the political discrimination against Israel,” Netanyahu said, adding, “This is the correct, worthy and courageous decision that others should copy.”

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  • Just_a_man

    Hopefully the Government in Prague will follow the parliamentarians, representing its people.

  • Gene Redwine

    Way to go Czechoslovakia. Now if the U.S. will get their heads and hearts in the right place and do the same the world will be a better place.

  • Joseph Feld

    The Czechs are great people! G-d bless them. When will the NATO nations, defenders of Western Judaeo-Christian civilisation, ALL together formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital? There can be several layers of governance, with Arab parties elected to run Arab boroughs, combined with a full city council for issues that involve the entire city. From General Allenby and Earl Balfour onwards it was agreed that Jews, Christians and Muslims would have their rights respected in Jerusalem.

  • This resolution was a positive sign. Hopefully, the Czech government will make it official policy by moving its embassy to Jerusalem, Israel and withholding its UNESCO membership fees.

  • pacman

    Bravo!

  • Gee

    How putting your embassy in our capital?

  • Kudos to the Czech government. Got there faster than Trump or our government here in Britain did.

    • Sadly, it was so far just the Parliament, not the Czech government, that took this attitude.

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