Israel Gifts UNESCO with Arch of Titus Replica

(Times of Israel) Raphael Ahren - Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, on Tuesday handed a replica of a frieze from the Arch of Titus, a monument commemorating Rome's victory over Jerusalem, to the head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, in a not-so-subtle critique of the agency's resolutions ignoring Jewish links to the holy city. The replica will be exhibited in UNESCO's Paris headquarters as a "greeting from the historical truth about the existence of two Temples on the Temple Mount," said Shama-Hacohen. "2,000 years ago the Romans destroyed the Temple and removed it from the Jewish people. And today, UNESCO is trying to destroy and remove the history of Jerusalem from the Jewish people." "When the executive board of UNESCO adopts every six months a resolution that denies the connection between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount, they are not only adopting a political resolution, they are adopting a resolution that negates the right of the State of Israel to exist and the Jewish people's right of self-determination." Such resolutions "pave the way for spreading anti-Semitism and terrorism."

2017-09-29 00:00:00

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