Israel starts exerting pressure to cancel UNESCO’s vote on Al-Aqsa; UNESCO to hold new vote

Israel starts exerting pressure to cancel UNESCO’s vote on Al-Aqsa; UNESCO to hold new vote

Oct 18, 16
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Al-Aqsa Compound, Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa Compound, Jerusalem


Just after a few days of declaration By UNESCO regarding Al-Aqsa compound, the Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs, said communications have been underway to reach a consensus over a recent resolution denying Jewish ties to the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque at Jerusalem. Worbs said more time and dialogue between the members of the board are needed to reach a consensus over historical ties with al-Aqsa Mosque.

Thursday’s vote, which erased any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount or Western Wall by referring to them only by their Islamic names, was taken by UNESCO’s 58-member Program and External Relations Commission in advance of its expected ratification on Tuesday by the UNESCO executive board, which is made up of the same member states. On Friday, Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett condemned the UNESCO resolution, and instructed the Israeli committee to UNESCO to freeze ties with the UN body.

UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, also stepped away from the decision, writing on the UNESCO website that “Jerusalem is the sacred city of the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.”

The Palestinian authority and world leaders welcome the resolution of UNESCO although The Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu claimed that rather indicates the absurdity of the UN’s one-sided, unbalanced attitude toward Israel.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold a new vote today 18 October, 2016, on the Jewishness of the proclaimed Temple Mount, or Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Muslim terms.

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