B’nai B’rith International recently denounced anti-Israel motions authorized by UNESCO executive board’s Programme and External Relations Commission back in April.
Initially in October 2015, the “Occupied Palestine” draft resolution caused a furor with a clause stating that the Western Wall (the Kotel, in Hebrew) was an “integral part” of the Al Aqsa Mosque. The executive board ultimately stepped back from complete moral and historical irrelevance by removing the offensive clause.
While this year’s “Occupied Palestine” resolution does not try to go so far as to claim the Kotel as part of Al Aqsa, it repeatedly refers to the plaza containing the Kotel as “Al-Buraq Plaza ‘Western Wall Plaza.’” Putting the Western Wall Plaza in quotation marks (after using the Muslim name for the site) seems to be a disrespectful effort to belittle the Jewish people’s eternal connection to this holy site.
Meanwhile, Temple Mount, the single holiest site in Judaism, is referred to only by its Muslim name throughout the resolution.
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