dinsdag 20 oktober 2015

UNESCO stemt over Klaagmuur als islamitisch heiligdom (geen grap!)

 

Dit is te gek voor woorden, en als deze resolutie het haalt dan betekent dat meer spanningen en meer kans op geweld. Ook zal het vertrouwen van Israel in de internationale gemeenschap nog verder dalen. Hopelijk zorgen een paar verstandige mensen ervoor dat dit onzalige plan niet doorgaat, en wordt de Palestijnen duidelijk gemaakt dat ze met dergelijke onzin moeten stoppen, willen ze nog enige kans maken op hulp en erkenning. De stemming is inmiddels uitgesteld naar woensdag.

 

 

Je kunt ook deze petitie tekenen: http://www.ajc.org/site/c.7oJILSPwFfJSG/b.9318743/k.C056/Tell_the_UN_Dont_Tamper_with_the_Jewish_Peoples_Holiest_Site/apps/ka/ct/contactcustom.asp  

 

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Israel slams UNESCO vote calling Western Wall Muslim

Muslim states’ proposal ‘an attempt to distort history,’ Foreign Ministry says in biting statement

    October 19, 2015, 9:02 pm 

 

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-slams-unesco-vote-calling-western-wall-muslim/

 

The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, among the holiest sites respectively for Jews and Muslims, are covered in snow, December 13, 2013. (AP/Dusan Vranic, File)

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Israel said Monday that it is working to thwart a Palestinian bid to have the Western Wall in Jerusalem declared a Muslim holy site by the UN’s cultural body in a vote on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry called the proposal “an attempt to distort history and blur the connection between the Jewish people and its holiest place and to create a false reality.”

The Western Wall is one of the few remnants of the ancient retaining wall that held up an artificial plateau on which a refurbished Second Temple stood in the reign of King Herod the Great. The Temple and much of the wall were later destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E.

For Jews, who are forbidden from praying on the Temple Mount by Israeli regulations, the Western Wall is the prayer site closest to the ancient site of the Holy of Holies inside the destroyed Temple. It is considered the holiest site where Jews are allowed to pray.

According to Muslim tradition, the Temple Mount is where Mohammad tied the winged animal Buraq, which he rode on the night he ascended to heaven. Atop it lies the Dome of the Rock — a Muslim shrine — and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The proposal to recognize the adjoining Western Wall as a Muslim holy site was submitted by six Muslim countries on behalf of the Palestinians, according to a Ynet news report.

The proposal also calls for the international community to condemn Israel for urging “its citizens to bear arms in light of [the] recent terror wave,” as well as for recent actions by Israel and the Israel Defense Forces in Jerusalem. The document, a copy of which was obtained by Ynet, refers to Jerusalem as “the occupied capital of Palestine.”

In addition, the Palestinians seek condemnation of ongoing Israeli archaeological excavations near the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as of the “aggression and illegal measures taken against the freedom of worship and access of Muslims to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israel’s attempts to break the status quo since 1967.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely denounced the bid on Monday.

“This shameful and deceitful Palestinian attempt to rewrite history will fail the test of reality,” Hotovely said.

The Likud lawmaker said her ministry is making every effort to see that the bid is voted down by UNESCO on Tuesday.

The proposal is largely expected to pass, as most of UNESCO’s 58 members traditionally support the Palestinian cause.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

 

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UNESCO chief ‘deplores’ bid to name Western Wall part of Al-Aqsa

Irina Bokova postpones vote by executive board, urges it to avoid ‘inciting further tensions’ on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

http://www.timesofisrael.com/unesco-chief-deplores-bid-to-name-western-wall-part-of-al-aqsa/

  October 20, 2015, 6:41 pm 10

The chief of the UN's education and culture agency, Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at the Global Forum for Youth, Peace and Security, in Madaba, Jordan, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP/Raad Adayleh)

 

The head of the United Nations cultural agency said Tuesday that she “deplores” a proposal to recognize the Western Wall as part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount above it.

The move, Irina Bokova warned on UNESCO’s website, “could be seen to alter the status of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls and incite further tensions.”

The executive board had been scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution submitted by Arab states that would officially recognize the Western Wall as part of the Muslim holy site, but Bokova postponed the vote until Wednesday. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sources say a number of countries are attempting to postpone the vote beyond Wednesday.

Israel has been working to block the resolution, calling it “an attempt to distort history and blur the connection between the Jewish people and its holiest place and create a false reality.”

In a statement, Bokova called on the UNESCO board “to take decisions that do not further inflame tensions on the ground and that encourage respect for the sanctity of the Holy Sites.”

“We all have responsibility to UNESCO’s mandate, to take decisions that promote dialogue, tolerance and peace,” Bokova said.

The director-general urged both sides to ensure that the cultural and religious heritage at the holy site is preserved and accessible to everyone, and encouraged a return to dialogue “in the spirit of mutual understanding.”

According to a report in the Hebrew-language paper Maariv, Bokova appealed to the UN agency’s organizing committee to postpone the vote after meeting with Israeli and Palestinian UNESCO envoys.

The Israeli envoy to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, told Bokova that the text of the resolution was far worse compared to previous UNESCO resolution proposals, and amounted to an attempt to seize ownership of the Western Wall.

“Among European nations, all countries but one said that if the Palestinians don’t soften the text of the resolution they will oppose it. We are continuing our diplomatic efforts to the last minute,” Hacohen told the paper Tuesday.

According to the report, the Palestinian envoy refused during a meeting with Bokova to soften the wording of the text.

Jewish worshipers cover themselves with prayer shawls as they pray in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City during the priestly blessing on Passover, a holiday which commemorates the Israelites’ hasty departure from Egypt. April 6, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Western Wall is at the base of Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site. The hilltop compound is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, the site of the two biblical Jewish temples. Today, it’s home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third-holiest shrine and a key national symbol for the Palestinians.

The initial outbreak of the current round of violence between the two sides was fueled by rumors that Israel was plotting to take over the Temple Mount. Israel has adamantly denied the allegations, saying it has no plans to change the status quo at the site, where Jews are allowed to visit but not pray.

The UNESCO proposal also calls for the international community to condemn Israel for urging “its citizens to bear arms in light of [the] recent terror wave,” as well as for recent actions by Israel and the Israel Defense Forces in Jerusalem. The document refers to Jerusalem as “the occupied capital of Palestine.”

In addition, the Palestinians seek condemnation of ongoing Israeli archaeological excavations near the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as of the “aggression and illegal measures taken against the freedom of worship and access of Muslims to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israel’s attempts to break the status quo since 1967.”

On Monday, US Democratic Representatives Nita M. Lowey and Ted Deutch sent a letter Monday urging US ambassador to UNESCO, Crystal Nix-Hines, to block the draft resolution.

AP contributed to this report.

 

 

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