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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

'Palestinians' and Jordanians 'postpone' UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem's Old City

The 'Palestinians' and Jordanians today tabled (temporarily) a UNESCO motion that would have challenged Israel's ties to the Old City of Jerusalem. They didn't have the votes.
The revised joint Palestinian-Jordanian draft resolution on “the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls” was submitted to the 21-member committee, which convened for its annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 10-20.
The text calls for a return of the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to what it called “the historic status quo” following the 1967 Six Day War, under which the Jordanian Waqf religious authority had the right to administer all aspects of the sites “including maintenance, restoration, and regulating access.”
Under arrangements agreed to by Israel after it captured the area, non-Muslims are allowed to visit the site but not to pray. The Palestinians says Israel is seeking to change this, a charge the Jewish state adamantly denies.
A similar resolution adopted by UNESCO’s executive board in April infuriated Israel.
The complex, which was the site of the two biblical temples, is Judaism’s holiest site. Muslims regard the compound — today it houses the Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock mosques — as the third-holiest site in Islam.
While Jews are allowed to enter the site, their worship there is banned under arrangements instituted by Israel when it captured the area from Jordan in 1967.
In the UN document, Israel is repeatedly referred to as the “occupying power” while being accused of causing damage to the site, conducting illegal excavations and preventing the Jordanian Waqf, which administers the site, from conducting repairs and renovations. The text also refers to the Western Wall plaza in quotation marks, after using the Arabic term Al-Buraq Plaza without qualification.
In the draft, the Jordanians and Palestinians accuse Israel of “intrusive constructions, tunneling and underground excavations” and “aggressions against religious sites and prayer places.”
In April, 33 countries voted for the resolution, 6 voted against and 17 abstained. At least two countries that voted in favor in April - France (which is trying to depict itself as an 'honest broker' to promote its 'peace proposal') and Brazil - have now called their votes a 'mistake.'

By the way, Israel is the only country in the Middle East in which adherents of all religions are free to worship.... So glad Obama brought the US (which voted against in April) back into UNESCO.... /sarc

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At 6:17 PM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

Here's what Arik Elman, an observer of Iton TV (a Russian-speaking Israeli Web TV Channel), says on this topic:

What Israel gives to Jordan (besides standing commitment to protect its monarchy, that is)?
Water, gas, QIZ export pathway to US, trade, work visas, intel, arms (from US stockpile)...
What Jordan gives Israel in return?
A joint resolution with Palestinians in UNESCO denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
Heckuva deal we made back in 1994. Worth every penny.

At 11:43 PM, Blogger free` said...

What is it with leftists and muslims???
Every time they lose they want a do-over like little children on the playground.


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