UNESCO to Vote on Resolution Refuting “Jewishness” of Al Aqsa Mosque
The proposal, presented by the Palestinians, along with Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, condemns Israel on several issues related to Jerusalem and its holy sites.
Haaretz additionally reported that the proposal “acknowledges that the city of Jerusalem is holy to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity but says the Temple Mount holy site is sacred only to Muslims and fails to mention its significance to Jews.”
According to Israeli narrative, the site is considered Judaism’s holiest site. In Islam, it counts as the first Qiblah (prayer direction), and third holiest place.
Israel has, in the recent past, carried multiple excavations under the the mosque, putting it in danger.
The state condemned the resolution as “an attempt to rewrite history in a dangerous, unfair and one-sided manner.”
In addition, the Israeli foreign ministry published a brochure featuring “archaeological findings providing evidence of Jewish connections to Jerusalem generally and specifically to the Temple Mount complex,” as reported by i24.
According to the PNN, UNESCO passed a similar resolution in April referring to the Temple Mount soley as Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall as the Al-Buraq Plaza drawing harsh condemnations from Israel.
(Source / 14.10.2016)