Shalom Kiwi writes:
The late Israeli diplomat, Abba Eban, once said that, “if Algeria introduced a resolution [at the UN] declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.” Yesterday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took another step toward realising Eban’s absurdity.
Shalom.Kiwi recently reported on the UNESCO executive board’s decision to formally adopt a resolution that effectively erases any historic connection between the Temple Mount and Jews or Christians. Now the World Heritage Council, another group within UNESCO, has just passed a similar resolution.
The Temple Mount is sacred to all three major religions. It is appalling that a UN body tries to rewrite history and erase the connection between it and Judaism and Christianity.
It is in fact the holiest site in Judaism, regarded as the place where God’s presence is most in the world. They regard it as the spot where God created the world and also gathered the dust to create Adam. It was the site of the Second Temple and tradition has it the Third Temple will be built there one day.
Sunni Muslims regard it as the third holiest site in Islam, after the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and Mosque of the Prophet in Medina. Muslism regard it as where Muhammad ascended to heaven.
It is hard to describe how vile it is to try to erase any linkage between The Temple Mount and Judaism, as it is their most holy site. It would be like trying to declare St Peter’s as having no connection to the Catholic Church.
There has been no statement by a New Zealand politician on either of the recent UNESCO votes. At the time of publication, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Murray McCully, had not responded to a request for comment.
We should condemn the vote.