I think we should all recall of the significance of this UNESCO decision, which is a slap in the face to Israel. If there is one thing we all agree with, is that revising history is dangerous, and what’s even more dangerous is the elimination of it.
According to the Algemeiner, “US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned as an “affront to history” Friday’s decision by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to classify the Tomb of the Patriarchs — an ancient Jewish holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron — as an “endangered Palestinian World Heritage site.”
“The UNESCO vote on Hebron is tragic on several levels,” Haley stated, after UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee passed the resolution by 12 votes to three, with six abstentions, during its annual meeting in the Polish city of Krakow. “It undermines the trust that is needed for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to be successful. And it further discredits an already highly questionable UN agency.”
“Today’s vote does no one any good and causes much harm,” Haley declared.
In 2011, in compliance with statutory funding restrictions, the US stopped funding UNESCO after it admitted the “State of Palestine” as a member state [however, we still allowed the opening of a diplomatic mission for the PLO in Washington DC]. While America is still on the 58-member UNESCO Executive Board, it no longer has voting rights in the UNESCO General Conference.
US Jewish organizations continued to react to the decision with severe criticism of UNESCO on Friday. “Today’s resolution on the Cave of the Patriarchs and Hebron disregarded the facts presented in a report by UNESCO’s own independent panel of experts and ignored their recommendation against adding them to the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger at this time,” Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Stephen M. Greenberg and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said in a joint statement. “By conducting the vote today in a secret ballot, the current chair of the committee and those member states who voted for the resolution clearly demonstrated they understood the shameful nature of their action.”
I made a visit to Hebron back in 2009, and the atmosphere there was so tense, while the city was on full lockdown during our time there. What this decision requires is what can only be described as an attempt at erasing Jewish history and their existence. Much alike those who deny the Holocaust ever happened.
Through this UNESCO decision, there is a possibility of delegitimizing any historic existence of a Jewish state or nation prior to the 1948 declaration. Additionally, they are agreeing to the false assertion of the existence of “Palestinian” people. While we’ve already explained where the term Palestinian come from before, it’s worth reminding that it has NOTHING to do with Arabs. But it does, however, with the Jewish people’s rebellion against Rome.
Nevertheless, when history is delegitimized, dismissed or erased, then others are free to manipulate events, and revise it the way they see it fit, of course, the way they would gain political advantage that is. What UNESCO has just done is a serious insult to Israel and its people, saying that Abraham’s resting place, also Jacob’s, Isaac’s etc. has something to do with Arabs calling themselves Palestinians.
So, UNESCO is all about education and culture, and preserving historical sites, right? Well, here’s a history lesson for them, cause it seems they suck at it.
Consider this, from Genesis 32:28 (NIV), “Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” This was an Angel of God speaking with Jacob after he wrestled with the Angel.
The term “Palestine” [Palaestinia] was introduced by a Roman Emperor in punishment of the Jewish people for revolting…and the root word of Palaestinia is Philistia. And folks, the ancient Philistines were Greek descendants, not Arab.
It’s obvious what the U.N. wants to accomplish here, by using UNESCO to erase Jewish history – to relegate Israel’s existence as modern, not historic and erase its memory. This attempt has also been seen in the East, when Imperial Japan attempted the same in Korea during their occupation. And even here in the United States we are witnessing the destruction and removal of Civil War Confederate leaders all because of an ideological agenda. History doesn’t exist to be revised and altered for the sake of a current political movement, but this is exactly what’s happening.