The UNESCO resolution from April 15, 2016 follows a line of insulting resolutions which completely disregard the Temple Mount as being an ancestral holy site for the Jewish people for over 3,000 years. The ILF and StandWithUs initiated a petition demanding that UNESCO recognize the historic Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, and stop violating the rights of millions of people across the globe. The Petition gained momentum and received over 20,000 signatures.
The petition, which is being circulated on social networks, is accompanied by a short video which shows pre-school children learning how to identify the connection between a place and its people; based on history, archaeology and traditions passed down for generations. The video is titled “teaching UNESCO a short lesson in history”.
The Temple Mount is the holiest site in the world according to Jewish religion, and Jews throughout history have prayed facing the Temple Mount.
The petition explains that UNESCO was created with the clear mandate to build networks among nations and intercultural understanding, by protecting heritage and supporting cultural diversity. In accordance with these values, the petition calls upon UNESCO to recognize the deep historic and religious connection between the Temple Mount and Judaism. UNESCO’s denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and its holy sites violates UNESCO’s own mandate, by erasing the heritage of millions of people and violating their religious and cultural rights. It 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.