Israel: UNESCO Stance on Jerusalem Is "Disconnected from Reality"

(Jerusalem Post) UNESCO called on Israel to halt all its archeological and restoration work in and around the Old City, as it submits its latest draft resolution on Jerusalem that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. In response, Israel Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold on Monday wrote to UNESCO, accusing it of being totally "disconnected from reality." "As the historical heritage sites of this area are being systematically destroyed by jihadist forces, such as the Islamic State, in Syria and Iraq, UNESCO's adoption of utterly false allegations about Israeli archeological practices is misplaced and hypocritical, at best." Gold noted that the resolution now before the World Heritage Committee "also fails to acknowledge Christianity's ties to Jerusalem....We urge you to oppose this effort to distort history, which will offend the members of the Jewish and Christian faiths, and undermine the credibility of UNESCO in the future."

2016-07-12 00:00:00

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