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Brazil: Support for UNESCO Temple Mount Resolution Was Error

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Stand for Israel has been keeping you up-to-date regarding the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) resolution that denies Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. The Times of Israel's Raphael Ahren reports that one of the nations that initially backed the measure has now apologized for doing so:

Brazil has expressed regret over having supported a recent UNESCO resolution denying a Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, admitting that the text was “partial and unbalanced,” and pledged to vote against future resolutions on the topic if its misgivings were not taken into account.

The move by Brasilia, following the election of a new, more Israel-friendly president, makes it the second country to seemingly try to take back its vote in the contentious April 15 resolution, after France similarly said its support for the measure was a mistake.

The United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization resolution on “Occupied Palestine” harshly criticized Israel for its actions in the Old City of Jerusalem, referring to the Temple Mount as “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif and its surroundings” while not mentioning the existence of Jewish holy sites there.

Thirty-three countries voted in favor, 17 abstained and six opposed. Israel publicly lashed France for supporting the resolution and, after Paris acknowledged the text’s biases, Prime Minister Benjamin exhorted France to call on other countries to similarly reject the resolution.

In a press release issued last week, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry stated that during the deliberations over the resolution last month it tried to “soften the terms of the original proposal” but, having failed to do so, eventually voted in favor...

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