The decision by UNESCO to divorce Jerusalem from its Jewish past came to many as a shock. Theater of the absurd many, among them the IJN and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, commented. It is impossible to pretend that Jerusalem is not a Jewish city — it is integral to the Bible and was founded the Jewish King David himself!
Of course the decision had nothing to do with reality or history and everything to do with power politics.
So for those who follow the UN and its attendant bodies, UNESCO’s resolution wasn’t the biggest shocker. The organization has been slowly, over the years, building a campaign to delegitimize Israel by stripping it of its Jewish identity. If Israel’s not a Jewish state, that conveniently invalidates the UN’s 1947 resolution establishing Jewish statehood.
Rocky Mountain Jew blogged about this back in 2011, when UNESCO declared the Cave of Machpela, the burial place cited in the book of Genesis that Abraham purchased for 400 pieces of silver, as a solely Islamic site.
In October, 2010, they declared the burial site of Rachel, built by the Jewish forefather Jacob, as a solely Islamic site.
In January, 2014, UNESCO cancelled an exhibition in Paris “The People, the Book, the Land — 3,500 years of ties between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel” because of complaints by Arab UNESCO members.
Now, in 2016, UNESCO’s only reference to the Temple Mount’s Jewish past is to describe it in terms of Jewish aggression against Palestinians, or “the enforced creation of a new Jewish prayer platform south of the Mughrabi Ascent in Al-Buraq Plaza.” Not a word about the Jewish Temple, the Western Wall, nothing.
When political machinations rather than historical truth are one’s bread and butter, reality doesn’t matter. Just ask the people of East Berlin, who for 28 years lived ‘protected’ by the “Anti-Fascist Protective Wall.”