Israel has condemned an attempt by the Palestinian leadership to push through a vote at a United Nations body, which would declare the Western Wall in Jerusalem a Muslim holy site.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation) will tomorrow vote on a resolution submitted by six Arab countries on behalf of the Palestinians, which would recognise the Western Wall as part of the al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount. The Western Wall is one of the few surviving remnants of the Jewish Temple from the Roman era and due to Israeli restrictions which ban Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, it is the holiest site at which Jews are permitted to pray. Muslim tradition holds that Mohammed tied up his winged animal Buraq in the Western Wall vicinity before ascending to heaven.
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Hur Moshe Dayan och hans regering förrådde hela den judiska religiösa världen när de gav muslimerna så mycket makt på jordens mest viktiga plats för judar, av politisk underdånighet, kan du se t.ex. på länk. Därvidlag var Moshe Dayan lika korkad som Sharon när han gav bort Gaza.
Det är självklart inte någon "Israeli restriction" som förbjuder judisk bön på deras heligaste plats. Se samma länk ovan. Att olika rabbiner har olika idéer är en mångtusenårig tradition. Traditionen att Abbas, och därförinnan Arafat, är inte lika gammal men gammal nog.
"The United States is in close, urgent consultation with UNESCO member states, UNESCO leadership, and Israel to discuss this matter," State Department spokesperson tells 'Post."
Pessah cleaning at Western Wall. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
WASHINGTON -- The Unites States "strongly opposes" adraft resolution before the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that would reclassify the Western Wall as a Muslim site within the al Aqsa Mosque complex.
The Western Wall, also known as Kotel, is the last remaining structure of the Second Jewish Temple, and is considered Judaism's holiest site.
"The United States strongly opposes this resolution and any such use of international fora such as UNESCO to inflame tension in the region and alter the status quo at the Holy Sites," Edgar Vasquez, a State Department spokesperson, told The Jerusalem Post. "The United States is in close, urgent consultation with UNESCO member states, UNESCO leadership, and Israel to discuss this matter."
"One-sided anti-Israel resolutions have been a recurring challenge at UNESCO since 2009," Vasquez continued, "and in all such circumstances the United States has blocked consensus on such resolutions by calling for a vote and voting against the texts."
While UNESCO's executive board is considering the draft– proposed by Algeria, Kuwait, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates on behalf of the Palestinian Authority– its director general, Irina Bokova, condemned the resolution as a "deplorable" move that could further incite violence on the ground in Jerusalem.
"She deplores the recent proposals under discussion by the UNESCO Executive Board that could be seen to alter the status of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, and that could further incite tensions," Bokova's office said in a statement.
The State Department praised Bokova for her stance, which, according to Vasquez, underscored "the shared religious and cultural value of Jerusalem's Holy Sites."
"We agree with Director-General Bokova that we all have responsibility to UNESCO’s mandate, to take decisions that promote dialogue, tolerance and peace," he added.