The article below from The Times of Israel published today tells a story that every Jew should read and know.
The international organization that is designed to be a strong advocate for education, science and culture (UNESCO) around the world instead has succumbed to political pressure from anti-Israel and anti-Semitic forces that have made a virtue of ignorance, denial and cultural myopia.
This Times of Israel piece reports on a new resolution passed by UNESCO that yet again ignores the historic Jewish and Christian connections to the Temple Mount (known to Jews for 2000 years as Har Ha-Bayit) on which the ancient Jerusalem Temples once stood.
Prime Minister Netanyahu rightly observed that UNESCO is presiding over a “theater of the absurd!”
Despite this denial of history and of the Jewish people’s origins, I believe it is important that Israel and the United States stay engaged with UNESCO so as to act as an obstacle in the way of further efforts to delegitimize Jewish claims to the land of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.
Some have argued that American refusal to pay dues to UNESCO since 2011 for similar aberrations of its raison d’etre as an international organization have enabled UNESCO to be unduly influenced by anti-Israel and anti-Semitic elements in the organization.