Facts about UNESCO’s silence regarding Arab desecration of Jewish holy places the Guardian censored

This is cross posted at Point of No Return, by bataween

The Palestinians are celebrating their admittance to UNESCO. They are stepping up their political and cultural campaign against Israel and could now demand membership of 16 other UN agencies.

Predictably, the leftists of The Guardian are deploring President Obama’s decision to withdraw US funding from UNESCO.

This comment by Zamalek garnered at least seven recommendations before it was removed on 2 November from the Guardian’s Comment is Free site. It is hard to understand in what way the comment violated CiF’s guidelines. Perhaps it contained too many uncomfortable truths.

“It is quite obvious that the Palestinians wanted membership of UNESCO to further their political and cultural war against Israel.

“Since the 1990s, Arafat engaged in a campaign of deligitimisation against Israel, denying the Jewish connection with Palestine, pretending that a Jewish temple never existed in Jerusalem, digging priceless artefacts out from Temple Mount and appropriating Jewish holy sites as Muslim. Thus Rachel’s tomb in Hebron was renamed the Bilal-al Raba mosque after some minor figure in the Koran.

“The Arabs have been waging this revisionist campaign to erase the Jewish character of holy sites, not just in Palestine but in Iraq, for instance. An Iraqi journalist recently pointed out that the Jewish shrine of Ezra the Scribe near Basra had been turned into a mosque although it had never been considered holy to Muslims when he was a child. The Shia Wakf would dearly love to turn the Jewish shrine of Ezekiel, with its ancient Hebrew inscriptions, into a mosque.

” Jews from Egypt have been denied access to their communal records and a Jew was recently barred from entering a synagogue in Libya on the grounds that it was a national archeological site. Synagogues and holy sites all over the Muslim world have been seized, allowed to fall into rack and ruin or converted into mosques. “And where has UNESCO been all this time while the Jews’ priceless cultural and historical heritage is being destroyed? It is just a willing player in the Arabs’ cynical political game.”

The only reason why the shrine of Ezekiel has not yet been turned into a mosque is opposition from the Heritage and Antiquities authority in Iraq, which would rather see Ezekiel’s tomb become a tourist site. Since neither the Wakf nor the Iraqi government has any money to spend on Ezekiel’s shrine, the stand-off continues. We have drawn up a petition asking for UNESCO to prevent the site being turned into a mosque and declare the site a World Heritage site.

The Iraqi religious authorities want to turn Ezekiel's shrine into a mosque

Calls from Egyptian Jews for UNESCO to take over the Jewish communal archives have gone unheeded.

UNESCO has been silent on the uncontrolled vandalism of Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the destruction of artefacts testifying to the Jewish Temples.

UNESCO has been silent on the destruction of Joseph’s tomb in Nablus.

UNESCO has Islamised Maimonides.

In fact the only thing that UNESCO has done for us is to designate Tel Aviv’s White City as a World Heritage site in 2003!

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  1. Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge east of Jerusalem which from Biblical times until today is a cemetery and the site of many important Biblical events. It is important to not only Jews, but also to Christians and Muslims, and many important religious events are tied to this historical location.

    During the period of Jordanian control over eastern Jerusalem and the Temple Mount from 1948 until 1967, King Hussein of Jordan allowed the construction of a hotel access road to the Intercontinental Hotel which spanned across the Mount of Olives cemetery, where hundreds of Jewish gravestones were bulldozed and desecrated.

    Mount of Olives is a Holy Place by UN definition and by doing so, Jordan violated Article VII of the Israel-Jordan General Armistice Agreement (GAA) of 1949.

    From the period of 1948 to 1967, Jordan demolished 58 synagogues in Jerusalem’s Old City.

    All but one of the ancient synagogues in the Old City were demolished and ravaged during this time by the Jordanians.

    Where was UNESCO all these years?

  2. No mention, Avinoam, of the Muslim graves that were bulldozed to make way for the Mamilla project for Jewish housing, or the Muslim graves that were bulldozed to make way for the Malcha shopping mall and Teddy Stadium.
    Indeed, where was Unesco then?

  3. Don’t you mean the Mamilla cemetery, which the Arabs themselves ‘desecrated’ to build the Palace hotel?
    Please tell us more about what graves were disturbed for the shopping mall and Teddy Stadium.
    While we’re on the subject of graves, Jewish cemeteries in Tunisia, Libya and Iraq among others have been bulldozed – not a peep from UNESCO…

  4. Then there was no peep about the Muslim graves destroyed to make way for a museum of “tolerance”

  5. “Let me be clear: The Museum of Tolerance is not being built on the Mamilla Cemetery, but on an adjacent 3-acre site where, for a half-century, hundreds of people of all faiths have parked in a three-level underground structure without any protest.” (Rabbi Marvin Hier)

    Hier also accused opponents of the SWC’s building plans of “sheer hypocrisy,”[ noting that the plans of the Supreme Muslim Council to build a commercial center in 1945 was evidence that substantiated the Supreme Court’s ruling, “That the Mamilla Cemetery was regarded by many Muslim religious leaders as ‘mundras,’ or abandoned and without sanctity.”

  6. The level of bias and ignorance of UNESCO is beyond the pale. I have not time to read all of this as I am a mature student studying history and am doing reading for Third Reich. Burleigh and Wippermann’s book The Racial State Germany 1933-1944 is eye opening and excellent. I just started reading the chapter on Hitler youth and you would have to be an imbecile not to recognise the screaming, shouting racist, lies, calumnies and illogical paranoid manic imaginings, which constituted the Nazi propaganda and Hitler’s warped ideology. Of course the Arabist and Palestinain narrative have inherited the tripe from Hitler and his ilk and they build on it ad nauseum. All I can say, it is diabolical when people one would think are intelligent and informed follow blindly lies and propaganda and make judgements which will cause not only Jews to suffer, but Christians and moderate Muslims who do not wish to follow Sharia. UNESCO is just a tool for the Muslim Voting Block which dominates the UN and is the Caliphate seeking to extend its viperous web. I am a Christian Zionist and frankly would rather visit Israel than go to an Islamic state where I could not even take my Bible. While Europe is engulfed in debt and fiscal turmoil why do they not take care of thier own house and leave Israel to the Jews who have a Biblical and historical mandate to the land, not to mention their love for and building of what had been a wasteland. Kowtowing to the holders of liquid black gold has not made Europe rich or liquid.

  7. Charlene, with all respect that it wasn’t recognised at the time was not due only to the imbecility of the participants. It’s difficult to get the whole picture and context when you are so heavily invested in one part of it, and Adolf (perdition take him) and his neanderthals were more heavily invested in NOT encouraging the people involved to know too much or to question too much.

    I daresay you are reading also about Goebbels’ use of Big Lies, a tactic which the Guardian takes to new depths about Israel.