The U.N. has long been a bastion of anti-Israel bias, with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) left to do much of its dirty work, including denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Now, our friends at JNS report, UNESCO is at it again, this time referring to the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb as being in "occupied Palestine":
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) PX Commission of the Executive Board voted on Wednesday to adopt a pair of “decisions” titled “Occupied Palestine,” which call the ancient Cave of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron, and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem integral parts of “Occupied Palestinian territory” and slam Israel for “other measures aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian territory,” like building a security fence.
Decision 28 and Decision 29, which were sponsored by Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, Oman and Sudan, took just minutes to pass, and called Israel an “occupier,” accusing Israel of “army violations against Palestinian universities and schools,” and expressing disapproval of Israeli archaeological work in the eastern part of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem...
“The jihad uses UNESCO as a legitimate face in their mission to delegitimize the Jewish people’s rights to the land of Israel, so they can continue their war against us,” said spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron Yishai Fleisher. “This is nothing but national-identity theft...”
Israel will still be exiting the body in December along with the United States, until “UNESCO ends its bias against Israel, stops denying history and starts standing up for the truth,” according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon responded by saying, “This is further evidence—for anyone who did not understand why the United States and Israel withdrew from UNESCO—that again proves that UNESCO is a body based on lies and biases, and is deliberately acting against us. The State of Israel will not be a member of an organization that is trying to rewrite history and willing to be manipulated by our enemies.”
The United States withdrew from UNESCO last year.