Over 77,000 people signed the petition calling for UNESCO to nullify the resolution it passed regarding the Jerusalem holy sites. Today, the petition will be handed to the organization’s director-general.
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A petition against the UNESCO resolution that denies the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount will be submitted today (Tuesday) to the director-general of the organization. More than 77,000 people from all over the world have already signed the petition, which will be handed to the UNESCO Director-General during her meeting with Israel’s envoy to the organization Carmel Shama-Hacohen.
The meeting will also be attended by International Legal Forum Director Yifa Segal and Executive Director of StandWithUs Northeast Region Shahar Azani, who initiated the petition together. Earlier this week, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova promised Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett that she will act in order to counter all forms of anti-Semitism within the organization.
“According to the Jewish religion, the Temple Mount is the holiest site in the world to the Jewish people,” reads the petition. “Throughout history, Jews all over the world have prayed facing the Temple Mount.”
“By UNESCO deliberately ignoring the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, UNESCO violates the basic human rights of Jews everywhere, as well as those of other religions whose beliefs and heritage include the spiritual and historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem,” continues the petition. “UNESCO’s denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and its holy sites violates UNESCO’s own mandate by erasing the heritage of millions of people and violating their religious and cultural rights. It also hurts any prospect of peace and vicariously supports a radical ideology that denies the Jewish connection to the land of Israel and its holy sites.”
“These types of decisions, unfortunately, prove again and again that the UN and its various organizations that were founded in order to serve as a lighthouse for the preservation of human rights and create bridges for peace are driven essentially by foreign interests and political agendas, creating a fatal blow to these very same [founding] values,” said Segal.