Unesco & The Temple Mount

UNESCO votes:
No connection between Temple Mount and Judaism
Jerusalem Post, 13-10-2016

In a 24-6 vote, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization gave preliminary approval to a resolution that denies Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the vote stating: “The theater of the absurd continues at the UN.” “Today UNESCO adopted its second decision this year denying the Jewish people’s connection to the Temple Mount, our holiest site for more than 3,000 years,” he said.
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Temple Mount, a Christian Holy Place

EU UNESCO draft disregards Jewish connection to Temple Mount
Itamar Eichner, YNet News, 15.07.2016

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem is fuming over a draft decision distributed on Thursday by representatives of the European Union at meetings of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on the subject of the Israeli capital’s Old City that completely ignores the Jewish connection to the site.
The proposal is an alternative to the Jordanian-Palestinian one announced earlier this week.
The Europeans distributed a document that allegedly partially softens this draft but still completely accepts the Palestinian narrative that the site that includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a site holy to Muslims alone.

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Israel’s attack on the BDS movement

Right Wing Israel: ‘BDS supporters are modern Nazis’
By Nitsan Keidar, Arutz Sheva, 4-6-2016

Last week, communication and strategy consultant Roni Rimon attended a conference focused on fighting BDS, which was organized by Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. While there, he guided groups of students in how to oppose the phenomenon.
We need to actively go after members of BDS,” he told Arutz Sheva, adding: “We need to fight against them and any group, university or company that boycotts Israel. We need to denounce them, expose them and shame them.” He explained that anyone who gives in to BDS should be revealed as someone who wants to destroy Jews around the world.

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Palestinians & Jewish History

Palestinians Negate Jewish History
Alex Grobman, Arutz Sheva (Israel), 10-5-2016

A recent speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reinforces the necessity for PA recognition to ensure genuine peace according to Itamar Marcus, the director of Palestinian Media Watch…
In a speech in Morocco, Abbas described Jewish history in Jerusalem as a “delusional myth”, declaring that Israel is attempting to create a Jewish history “by brute force.” (Official PA TV, January 17, 2014).
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Zionism & Jewish Values

Former UK Chief Rabbi: Anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism
By Ari Soffer, Aritz Sheva, 4/4/2016

Britain’s former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has written a blistering oped slamming modern-day anti-Zionism as the “new anti-Semitism.” In his Newsweek article, published Sunday, Rabbi Sacks refers to figures showing how escalating anti-Semitism has left many Jews considering leaving Europe and noted that the phenomenon was quickly spreading to the US, specifically via university campuses.
“Much of the intimidation on campus is stirred by “Israel Apartheid” weeks and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against Israel. These have become what Easter was in the Middle Ages, a time for attacks against Jews,” he writes.

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Miri Regev, bored by culture

Israel’s culture minister Miri Regev
insults artists, cultural figures

Middle East Online, 19-6-2015

Israel’s culture minister, who has clashed with the country’s artistic elite over accusations of censorship, has further fuelled the dispute by calling some of them “petty bores” and “hypocrites”.
The world of culture is an ungrateful world,” she said in a recorded interview with a women’s magazine which was broadcast Friday on radio. “I say to myself, who am I working for? For a group of ungrateful people who think they know everything, some of them petty bores, hypocrites…”

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