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US Urges UNESCO to Reject Text Erasing Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

People with American and Israeli flags in front of US Capitol (Photo: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tomorrow is yet another United Nations vote on the holy sites of Jerusalem, the Holy City. The Times of Israel's Raphael Ahren reports that before the vote, a bipartisan group of American lawmakers have called for UNESCO to vote against the anti-Israel resolution:

In a bipartisan, bicameral letter similar to the one sent to the executive board before its vote last week, and initiated by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), the group of senators and congressmen call the proposed resolution “yet another attempt to rewrite history by denying Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem.”

“The upcoming resolution at the World Heritage Committee is every bit as divisive as the Executive Board resolution, despite Jerusalem’s inscription as a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam on UNESCO’s World Heritage list,” the letter, which was signed by 10 lawmakers including Cruz and Ros-Lehtinen, read.

The lawmakers warned that “attempting to erase the Jewish and Christian connection to this sacred city will further damage the prospects of peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” calling on “member states of the World Heritage Committee to respect and protect the religious, cultural, and historical significance of Jerusalem and to uphold the values and ideals enshrined in UNESCO’s Constitution.”

Cruz said the resolution was another “pernicious effort to delegitimize Israel” and urged members to “vote against this resolution that attempts to rewrite thousands of years of Jerusalem’s Jewish identity, which has been scientifically reaffirmed by the archaeological record.”

Tags: US-Israel Relations

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