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: Michele on December 14, 2016
I stand with Israel in denouncing UNESCO's resolution that seeks to erase Judaism's ties to Jerusalem.
From: Phenie on December 13, 2016
Jerusalem and Israel belongs to all Christians, Jews and Muslims. Our God is one. Therefore, we are one. How could it possibly be any other way? Why should UNESCO want to do this. There job is too protect these sights for all and not make political rulings.
From: Marjorie on December 4, 2016
Seeking to erase Judiasm's historic ties to Jews and Christians alike is absolutely abominable. To even think that you would even contemplate it is beyond imaginable and extremely sad indeed. You are an organization that should be building unity, but evidently you certainly need to reevaluate your goals.
From: Barbara on December 4, 2016
I back this petition
From: IRENE on December 3, 2016
It's a long overdue discussion that Israel is a country, the same as all the others in UNESCO. It's time to recognize that fact - NOWE!
From: Susan on November 25, 2016
Speaking out against UNESCO to recognize the religious sites in Israel
From: Lois on November 24, 2016
Jerusalem is and has been a special place in our hearts and minds for millennia. Jews of all denominations pray at the wall every day. So many of our prayers make mention of this holy city. Torah tells us to go there on the Festivals of Pesach, Sukkot and Shavuot. The Temple is no longer standing and we no longer offer sacrifices. BUT, the land of Israel and especially Jerusalem still occupy a special place in our hearts. Do not deny or take this away from us.
From: Barbara on November 23, 2016
UNESCO should recognize the deep historic, cultural and religious connection between the Jewish people and holy sites in Israel.
From: Marta on November 22, 2016
It is outrageous to have to request that an organization like UNESCO be fair and impartial, unfortunately we have to do it, so will you PLEASE rectify your resolution?
From: Adele Lobel on November 19, 2016
Please do not pass the resolution that denies Jewish connection to the holy sites in Jerusalem.
From: Zona on November 18, 2016
Outrageous revision of history!
From: Robin Thompson on November 18, 2016
Jewish people have been an integral part of Jerusalem since the city's very beginning. It is unthinkable to deny the Jewish connection to our holiest city.
From: Karen on November 18, 2016
Jerusalem's holy sites were holy to Jews long before there was Islam or Christianity. Those sites have been holy, have always been holy, continue to be holy to Jews until this day.
From: gail on November 18, 2016
i denounce this action
From: Eugenie on November 18, 2016
From: susan on November 18, 2016
Israel and Jerusalem have been central in Jewish life for thousands of years, you can't just declare against history.
From: JO ANNE on November 18, 2016
it is incomprehensible that this resolution passed.
From: Debbie on November 18, 2016
Ridiculous to even have UNESCO sites. Shows where they stand.
From: mildred on November 18, 2016
Don't distort history.
From: Emilio on November 18, 2016
this type of propaganda needs to stop
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