Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the recall of Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Cohen for consultations in response to another resolution criticizing Israel’s handling of the historic center of Jerusalem. The Israeli government took this as an insult, reports the Jerusalem Post.
“Theatre of the absurd continues. I made the decision to withdraw the Israeli Ambassador from UNESCO for consultation, together we will decide what to do, what further steps against this organization to take,” Netanyahu said.
As informs NEWSru Israel, October 26, members of the Board of UNESCO voted in favour of the resolution, according to which the Israeli “occupation” of Jerusalem’s Old city threatens him with destruction.
The text of the resolution, Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Cohen deliberately threw in the trash.
The document entitled “About Old Jerusalem and its walls” was produced by Kuwait, Tunisia and Lebanon on behalf of the Palestinian national authority and Jordan. The representative of Jamaica did not participate in the vote, 10 delegations supported the initiative of the Arab countries, two voted against and eight abstained.
The text is not very different from previous resolutionsadopted by the 14th and 18th of October. It mentions the wailing Wall, but no mention of when Jerusalem’s Jewish history and heritage. Instead of Israel in the text of the “occupying forces”.
In Israel are outraged that the draft resolutions of UNESCO for the shrines in the Old city of Jerusalem used only Muslim names, and the link with these places of the Jewish people is ignored.
On 14 October, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova spoke on this occasion with the statement: “the Heritage of Jerusalem is indivisible, and each community has the right to recognition of their history or relationship with the city. Denial, concealment or Erasure of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions violates the integrity of this place and contrary to the reasons that became the basis for placing it in the world heritage list”.
The al-Aqsa mosque located on the Temple mount Jerusalem is considered the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and the Prophet’s mosque in Medina. However, the Temple mount (so called in Israel surrounded by the high walls of the rectangular square, towering over the other parts of the Old city of Jerusalem) is considered the most sacred place for Jews. In addition, this place is mentioned in the Christian sacred texts, making it Holy for Christians.