Human rights group Yachad criticised the move which ‘fails to recognise’ the significance of the site for Jews
British Jewish group Yachad has condemned the human rights body of the UN for its “inflammatory” resolution on Jerusalem, saying it “denies Jewish history”.
Ahead of the vote on Thursday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was criticised for considering whether Temple Mount should be deemed a holy Muslim site.
In a letter to Britain’s envoy to UNESCO, Yachad said the wording “fails to recognise the significance of the Temple Mount in Judaism” and argued that it amounted to “a denial of Jewish history”.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry released a brochure detailing the historic affiliation between the Jews and Jerusalem, including pictures of archaeological findings.
However the resolution, which was proposed by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, has had widespread support among many of the 58-member body.
“It is clear that the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, as a key holy site in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is a flashpoint in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld wrote in a letter to Ambassador Matthew Sudders.
“A decision by UNESCO to affirm the important Islamic connection to the site without also recognising its crucial place in Judaism as the location of the First and Second Temples can only be seen as an inflammatory denial of Jewish history.”
She added that it would “set back the cause of peace,” because it would “play into the hands of those on both sides of the conflict who see it as a holy war”.