Hadassah Denounces Outrageous UNESCO Resolution

Monday, Nov 14 2016

UPDATE: November 14, 2016

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has ratified a resolution passed by the UNESCO Executive Board that denies and seeks to erase Judaism's historic ties to our most holy city.

Thank you to everyone who joined with Hadassah in supporting the International Legal Forum and StandWithUs petition to UNESCO, which successfully garnered over 80,000 signatures. Now, we stand with the World Jewish Congress in urging UNESCO to reverse this anti-Semitic resolution.

Sign the WJC petition to speak out against the politicization of religion, including within the governing bodies of UNESCO. Holy sites in Jerusalem must unequivocally be designated as integral to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike. The petition to UNESCO Chairperson Michael Worbs calls on him to urge fellow executive board members to reverse this outrageous resolution at their next meeting in April.

October 14, 2016

Yesterday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Executive Board passed a preliminary resolution—prepared by the Palestinian Authority—that denies and seeks to erase 3,000 years of Jewish history and connection to Jerusalem. 24 of 58 countries voted in favor of this resolution, 26 abstained and five others, including the United States, voted against.

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, stands with Israel in the face of attacks on both its sovereignty and security. The Palestinian denial of any Jewish connection to its holiest sites is an attempt to rewrite history, and with such an outrageous resolution passing through the body that represents all nation states, this is an embarrassment of epic proportions. Reclassifying Jerusalem's holiest sites as solely Muslim, and ignoring the historic connection of Jews, Christians and other faiths to these sites is an obscene example of the ongoing and pervasive anti-Israel bias that plagues the United Nations. We commend the United States and those nations who did not vote in favor of such a destructive resolution.

As a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, we stand with their outrage that, "this is a moral issue. There can be no equivocation."

These efforts to claim ownership are emblematic of the Palestinian refusal to accept the existence of Jews in the Jewish homeland. With UNESCO validating these claims, this resolution further aggravates existing tensions and incites additional violence in the region, as it dangerously reframes the conflict as not only political but religious.

Today, the Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett instructed the Israeli committee to UNESCO to suspend cooperation with the agency over the resolution. These types of destructive motions further alienate Israel forcing it to end professional cooperation with international bodies.

Aware that this resolution may pass, Hadassah sent an action alert out last year urging you to send letters to UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and head of the UNESCO Liaison Office to the UN Marie Paule Roudil. We thank you for those efforts. We also expressed our outrage on our social media platform yesterday— if you do not follow us on Facebook and Twitter, please "like" our pages to keep up with our statements as they appear.

You can make your voice heard by signing this petition from change.org which calls upon UNESCO to recognize the deep historic, cultural and religious connection between the Jewish people and holy sites in the land of Israel.


From: Judith Sachs on November 17, 2016
The statement is another example to UNESCO's blatant anti-Semitism
From: Stephanie on November 17, 2016
I call upon UNESCO to acknowledge Israel's historic connection to Jerusalem. This city is the heart and soul of Judaism.
From: Lee Shenofsky on November 17, 2016
We urge UNESCO to reverse it's anti-Semitic resolution and perform it's duties with the integrity we are all waiting to respect.
From: Saul on November 17, 2016
UNESCO's actions are detestable.
From: Doris C. and Leo Hoenig on November 17, 2016
We fully support Hadassah's position on this matter.
From: Margie on November 17, 2016
This must be reversed.
From: audrey rogovin madans on November 17, 2016
PLEASE reverse thisoutrageous resolution! It is imperative !
From: rae on November 17, 2016
From: Seena on November 17, 2016
It is so wrong to deny 3000 years of Jewish History in connection with Jerusalem. It is so anti-semitic and unworthy of the such an organization.
From: Sylvia on November 17, 2016
Our ancient temples were built there in biblical times. Erasing Judaism's historic ties to Jerusalem, out most holy city is blatant antisemitism. Nothing more, nothing less.
From: Barbara on November 17, 2016
Recognize deep historic, cultural and religious connection between Jewish people and holy sites in the land of Israel
From: Suzane on November 17, 2016
This was an outrage.
From: Donna on November 17, 2016
It is a historical fact that Judaism, the first monotheistic religion with a written history, had its Temple in Jerusalem, which was the center of the Jewish faith. Christianity developed in Jerusalem from the Jewish faith. To deny the connections of Jews to Israel is to deny that any monotheistic religion, Jewish or Christian, existed in Jerusalem. To say that Judaism has no roots in Jerusalem when for thousands of years it has been the most important religious site for the Jewish religion. If UNESCo can deny this history, it can deny that the French language is connected to France or the English language connected to England. It cannot change the facts! Furthermore, it is cruel to have a secular authority like UNESCO tell Jews that they have no right to their history at their holiest site and shocking disrespect of the Jewish religion. If other religions are entitled to respect, then so is Judaism.
From: Roberta on November 17, 2016
Denial of the Jewish history of Jerusalem is absurd.
From: Jane on November 17, 2016
I thoughtfully sign
From: Joyce Branfman on November 17, 2016
You must recognize the Jewish connection to the holy sites in Israel!!
From: Anita on November 17, 2016
The UNESCO decision, as all the decisions made over the past 20 years concerning the holiest sites of the Jewish people, flies in the face of reality, evidence, and truth. Please acknowledge the truth, that the Western Wall and the Temple Mount (not to mention Rachel's Tomb, Joseph's Tomb, the Kever HaMachpeilah (Tomb of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs), are the holiest sites in Judaism and (except for Abraham's tomb in Kever HaMachpeilah) are meaningless to the Muslims. Please reconnect with reality and truth.
From: Beverly on November 17, 2016
Jerusalem was the Jewish capital before there ever was Christianity or Islam. It was, is, and will forever be so.
From: Maryann on November 17, 2016
Reverse this absurd decision!
From: Jennifer Sachs on November 16, 2016
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