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Jerusalem Has No Historic Connection to the Jews?
By Todd Strandberg
For many years the UN has been a mouthpiece of nations that hate Israel. This organization has passed an endless number of resolutions that seek to defame Israel— mostly for defending its right to exist.
Last week, UNESCO, the Paris-based UN cultural body, attacked Israel’s history by approving a resolution that said the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall have no historic connection to the Jews.
The measure was put forward by several Arab countries, including Egypt, Lebanon and Algeria. There were 24 votes cast in favor and six against with 26 abstentions and two absentees.
The U.S. voted against the resolutions. With the presidential election less than a month away, the Obama Administration had no choice but to play it safe. The State Department issued this voice of opposition:
“We are deeply concerned about these kinds of recurring politicized resolutions that do nothing to advance constructive results on the ground and we don’t believe they should be adopted,” spokesman Mark Toner said.
UNESCO chief Irina Bokova has herself expressed reservations about the resolutions. Radical Muslims had threatened to kill her if she blocked a final vote on the draft. Bokova tried to distance herself from the controversy by saying “Nowhere more than in Jerusalem do Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage and traditions share space.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted UNESCO; saying the body has lost its legitimacy.
“To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall is like saying China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or Egypt has no connection to the pyramids,” said Netanyahu.
There must be some type of brain virus going around that’s causing international organizations to lose touch with reality. A couple days after the UNESCO vote, the Nobel prize committee announced that rock legend Bob Dylan would receive this year’s prize for literature. He will be the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
The Jews connection to Jerusalem goes back 3000 years. The religion that Muhammad dreamt up didn’t come along until 610 AD. The idea of Jerusalem’s Old City being Islam’s third holiest is the product of a recent rewriting of history. There is no mention of Jerusalem in the Koran. Islamic scholars ignored this city for hundreds of years. It wasn’t until the Jews started coming back to the Holy Land that Islam suddenly discovered Jerusalem’s importance.
The Old and New Testament clearly state that Jerusalem is a Jewish city. Since God Himself made this declaration, UNESCO would need to call the Lord of heaven a liar to change the city’s heritage. “The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this land’” (Genesis 12:7a).
We may soon find that UNESCO has come out with a revised edition of the Bible:
“And Jesus went into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves” (Matthew 21:12).
This struggle over the Jewishness of God’s Holy City can also be found in various reference sites on the Internet. On Wikipedia’s “Jerusalem” page, previously well-known facts are now qualified with openers like this: “According to the Bible, King David’s son Solomon built the Holy Temple.” And, “Because of the status quo policy, the Wall is the holiest place for Jews.”
Instead of going by a mountain of artifacts that point to Jerusalem’s Jewish past, you find statements that say “Jewish nationalists (Zionists), who claim the right to the city based on Jewish descent.”
Articles about the Jewish Temple Mount now have to include Arab names of this location. When you bring up an article about the “Al-Aqsa Mosque,” there are no Hebrew names and there is only a brief reference citing the Temple Mount as the holiest site of Judaism.
I recently found a YouTube video titled, “10 Countries You Didn’t Know Existed.” Most of these nations are unrecognized because they are ignored by the rest of the world. Some of them have their own money, government, and language. Their dreams of statehood go unrealized partly because the UN is too busy worrying about a host of trivial matters related to Israel.
The willingness of UNESCO to defy basic logic over the history of Jerusalem would seem to indicate that we are close to the end.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:2-3).