Israel to UNESCO: ‘We’re not ISIS, don’t sever our ties to the Temple Mount’

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By Tovah Lazaroff.. UNESCO resolution attacks Israeli practices in the Old City, including its actions on the Temple Mount. UNESCO called on Israel to halt all its archeological and restoration work in and around the Old City, as it submits its latest draft resolution on Jerusalem that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. Upon learning of the matter, Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold on Monday (July 11, 2016) issued a searing letter to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in which he accused them of being totally “disconnected from reality.” “As the historical heritage sites of this area are being systematically destroyed by jihadist forces, such as the Islamic State, in Syria and Iraq, UNESCO’s adoption of utterly false allegations about Israeli archeological practices is misplaced and hypocritical, at best,” Gold said. The resolution is due to be voted on in the next week by the 21-members of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee that is now (July 10-20, 2016) meeting in Istanbul. Read the full story here.



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