Once again proving that “U.N.” stands for “Utterly Nuts,” the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) just passed a draft resolution denying all connections between Jews, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. The resolution strongly condemns Israel for its alleged aggression and illegal measures blocking Muslims access to Al-Haram Al Sharif – the Muslim name for the Temple Mount (the Jewish name is never used because, hey, Jews have no connection to the Temple Mount, right?) They seem to think it belongs historically to Palestine, a recently-created concept that isn’t even a real country.
The resolution will come up for a formal vote next week. The link tells you which 24 nations shamefully voted for it, which 24 abstained in cowardly fashion, and which six opposed it. At least the US voted against it, although with Obama still in office for several more months and John Kerry signaling that we will no longer automatically support Israel against the rabid anti-Semites at the UN, that wasn’t necessarily a sure thing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quite sensibly pointed out that those who voted that Jerusalem and the Temple Mount have nothing to do with Jews have “obviously never read the Bible.” Or visited the Arch of Titus in Rome, to see parts of the Temple Mount looted by Romans 2,000 years ago that have a Menorah engraved on them. Or, I would add, consulted any of the ancient and difficult-to-access sources of Jewish history, like Wikipedia.
Netanyahu added, “To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall is like saying China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or Egypt has no connection to the pyramids.“ Or to put that in terms American school children can grasp, it’s like saying Kim Kardashian has no connection to publicity.
There’s a new movie out called “Denial” that tells the true story of the court ordeal historian Deborah Lipstadt went through after labeling a writer as a Holocaust denier. Under the UK justice system, to avoid libel damages, she had to prove that the Holocaust really happened. I know that sounds idiotic, but how is it any more willfully dumb than 24 nations actually voting that Jerusalem and the Temple Mount have no connection to Jews? We rightly excoriate Holocaust deniers, so why do we offer money and support to an organization that is hardly any less anti-Semitic in its absurd denial of the Jewish people’s historic and religious heritage?
It’s time for America once again to stand up forcefully beside our staunch ally, Israel. The last time we were silent in the face of attempts to erase Jews from the pages of history, it didn’t turn out well.