UNESCO votes in favor of controversial resolution despite Mexico’s request

The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved the resolution that questions the Jewish connection to the Jerusalem holy sites despite Mexico’s request to nullify the results of last week’s vote regarding the draft resolution.
Will the results of last week's vote be canceled? Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Today (Tuesday), UNESCO's executive board approved the resolution that questions the Jewish connection to Jerusalem’s holy sites and accuses Israel of violating religious freedom in the Old City, according to the French news agency AFP. Earlier today, Mexico requested that last week’s voting results regarding the draft resolution be nullified and a new vote be held after it changed its stance regarding the matter. However, UNESCO’s executive board approved the resolution while noting in the protocol that the Mexican government changed its position.

Mexico voted in favor of the draft resolution, which was submitted by the Palestinian delegation to the UN and Jordan. However, the country requested that before the UNESCO Executive Board votes on the issue, the previous vote be canceled and the discussions reopened. At the same time, it was announced that Mexico’s ambassador to UNESCO, who is Jewish and walked out of last week’s vote in protest against his country’s stance, will be replaced.

As reported last week by JOL, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced that Israel will sever all ties with UNESCO in light of the resolution. This morning, Bennett said: “We will follow the developments throughout the day and if UNESCO’s shameful decision will actually be nullified, we will reconsider the cooperation, events and initiatives that were suspended.” The Israeli Education Ministry stressed that as long as UNESCO’s vote is valid, Bennett’s decision will remain the same.

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