French Jewish Leaders Decry Country’s Support of UNESCO Resolution Denying Jewish Ties to Temple Mount
France’s recent support of a UN resolution denying Jewish ties to the Temple Mount is a “total travesty,” a prominent French-Israeli artist and political activist told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.
Ron Agam was referring to an April 16 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution labeling Judaism’s holiest site — and Islam’s third — as a Muslim holy site only. In the motion ahead of the vote, the Paris-based organization referred to the Temple Mount by its Arabic name, Al-Haram Al Sharif.
Following the vote, Agam wrote on Facebook: “This week France voted at UNESCO for a resolution that denies any connection of the Jewish people to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. At the same time, France wants to convene an international summit for peace between Palestinians and Israelis. How can Jews and Israelis trust France’s integrity when on the eve of Passover, they insult the entire Jewish people with this shameless vote?”
Elaborating on his post, Agam told The Algemeiner, “It is a total travesty that a country like France, with such an illustrious past, will compromise its dignity and honor with such an unthinkable revisionist attitude.”
French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia also weighed in, issuing rare criticism against his government last week. He expressed his “strong disapproval” of the UNESCO motion, JTA reported. “On the eve of Passover, a holiday when Jewish pilgrims would ascend to the Temple in Jerusalem, the chief rabbi of France reaffirms the indestructible ties that unite the Jewish people and Jerusalem and urges UNESCO executive council to reconsider their position as soon as possible,” Korsia said in a statement.
Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization representing French Jews, labeled France’s support for the resolution “scandalous.”
The UNESCO resolution also condemned Israeli action in East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and West Bank and called both Hebron and Bethlehem “integral” parts of “Palestine.” Hebron is the location of the Cave of the Patriarchs, considered holy by both Jews and Muslims. Rachel’s Tomb is located in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of Jesus. According to UNESCO, Israel is “planting Jewish fake graves in other spaces of the Muslim cemeteries.”
This is not the first time the cultural organization has passed controversial resolutions regarding holy sites in Israel. In 2010, Rachel’s Tomb was reclassified as “Bilal bin Rabah Mosque.” Thirty-three countries, including France, Russia and China, Sweden and Spain, voted in favor of the UNESCO resolution. Seventeen countries abstained while six — the US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Estonia and Lithuania — voted against it.
In response to the resolution, a Change.org petition is calling on UNESCO to recognize “the deep historic, cultural and religious connection between the Jewish people and holy sites in the land of Israel.” Created last week by the International Legal Forum and pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, the petition has garnered over 11,500 signatures from people around the world.
According to the petition, UNESCO is violating the “basic human rights of Jews everywhere, as well as those of other religions whose beliefs and heritage include the spiritual and historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem.” The recent resolution, according to the authors of the petition, will lead to global violence and “also hurts any prospect of peace and vicariously supports a radical ideology that denies the Jewish connection to the land of Israel and its holy sites.”
Ruth Lerner, a signatory from the UK, wrote on the petition page: “I’m fed up with the lies perpetuated by these evil organizations run by evil people for their own evil ends.”
David Peters, a supporter from California, wrote: “The UNESCO resolution was motivated by hate, by antisemitism and by anti-Zionism. It flies in the face of 3,000 years of recorded history and facts apparent to the unprejudiced eye. This is one more action that proves the biased and blinded positions taken over the years by UNESCO.”
The petition will be delivered to the UN and UNESCO once it reaches 15,000 signatures.
This is madness! The Temple Mount’s “Wailing Wall” (Kotel) is a physical FACT. The muslims’ “claim” to it is that Muhammad had a dream about the place, once! A DREAM! He never even visited it!
Similarly, more French perfidy, from here:
A Marseille synagogue will be converted into a mosque as the Jewish population in the southern French city continues to dwindle,Newsweek reported on Wednesday.
The Muslim organization Al Badr Association purchased Or Thora synagogue and will reopen the religious site as a mosque this summer — hoping to cater to the overflow from the organization’s other mosque, filled to beyond capacity with a growing number of worshipers.
Or Thora, which was sold for $400,000, is located near the Saint-Charles train station. The synagogue sometimes had no more than 10 worshipers at once, though it has a capacity of 250, according to the French daily La Provence. In contrast, Al Badr’s mosque is often so full that congregants have no choice but to pray outside the complex on Friday, Islam’s holiest day of worship.
Marseille has a population of 800,000, of which approximately 250,000 are of Arab descent, and some 80,000 are Jewish, Newsweek reported.
Elie Berrebi, the director of Marseille’s Central Jewish Consistoire, a body governing Jewish congregations, said many of the Jewish residents in Marseille are moving out of the city because of rising antisemitism in the area. He explained that more than 80 percent of Marseille’s Jews have stopped frequenting central synagogues, since the areas around religious sites are viewed as a high security risk.
A growing number of French Jews are looking to emigrate, predominantly to London and Israel, as France faces a rise in antisemitism mostly from radicalizated young Muslims.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
France’s secular authorities are Submissive suicidal masochists just like the rulers of Spain during its Inquisition period!
The Spanish Inquisition was created by the rulers Ferdinand and Isabella, primarily to hunt down and expose “occulted” muslims posing as Christians, to speed the re-conquest of Spain (which has been violently invaded, enslaved and raped by muslims for nearly 1,000 years). it wasn’t a Catholic or primarily ‘Christian’ project, it was a secular, nationalistic one.
It was also not specifically nor primarily aimed at either Jews or ‘witches.” But it was based on islamic models, to fight fire with more fire.
Some people assert that, once the Jewish people had left Spain for Baghdad and Persia, they found life better there than in Spain.
I’ve found some quotes to counter that canard:
The empires of Cordoba and Baghdad were brutal and intolerant. Moses Maimonides LIVED IN Cordoba and wrote of the muslims’ domination there and elsewhere:
“No nation has ever done more harm to Israel. None has matched it in debasing and HUMILIATING us. None has been able to REDUCE us as they have…. We have borne their imposed degradation, their lies, their ABSURDITIES, which are beyond human power to bear…. We have done as our sages of blessed memory have instructed us, bearing the LIES and ABSURDITIES of Ishmael…. In spite of all this, we are not spared from the FEROCITY of their wickedness and their OUTBURSTS AT ANY TIME. On the contrary, the more we suffer and choose to CONCILIATE them, the more they choose to act BELLIGERENTLY toward us…”
Maimonides also points to one of the reasons for Muslim hatred of Jews:
Inasmuch as the Muslims could not find a single proof in the entire Bible nor a reference or possible allusion to their prophet which they could utilize, they were compelled to accuse us saying, “You have altered the text of the Torah, and expunged every trace of the name of Mohammed therefrom.” They could find nothing stronger than this ignominious argument.
– Moses “RamBam” Maimonides was one of the greatest of Jewish philosophers.
Does that sound like ‘a golden era’ for the Jews under islam?
AND SO IT GOES IN ‘MODERN’ FRANCE, WHERE MUSLIMS ROUTINELY BURN CARS IN THEIR CITIES, AND IN RESPONSE TO ISLAMIC AGGRESSION THE FRENCH CEDE THEIR SOVEREIGNTY IN OVER 751 SO-CALLED “ZONES URBAINES SENSITIFS” (ZUS) OR SHARIA-ENFORCED INFIDEL NO-GO AREAS! Their Vichy government threw their Jews to the Nazis in the recent past, and now their socialists do the same for islam!