By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, BIN—
UNESCO has passed several resolutions attacking the connection between Israel and the Jewish holy sites, but this week, the Executive Board passed two new resolutions aimed specifically at the Biblical matriarchs. One rabbi sees this as a continuation of the Biblical battle between Isaac and Ishmael and a closer look shows how this is nothing less than an after-the-fact attempt to block the Jews’ return from exile.
On Wednesday morning, the PX Commission composed of the 59 members of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted resolutions 28 and 29, titled “Occupied Palestine.” The resolutions state that the Machpelah (Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron) and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem are “an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolutions were sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco.
The stated motive behind the resolutions was to encourage negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. UNESCO’s assistant director-general for external relations, Nicolas Kassianides, said at the meeting that the resolutions enhance “the spirit of constructive dialogue to enable us to reach a consensus.” Continue Reading…..