‘Denies history, boosts terror’: Israel suspends UNESCO cooperation after Temple Mount resolution

Israel has suspended cooperation with UNESCO, saying the body’s recent resolution on the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem deny Jewish history as the draft text maintains the two holy sites will be referred to by their Arabic rather than Hebrew names.

Tel Aviv accused the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of ignoring thousands of years of Jewish ties to Jerusalem and of aiding Islamic terrorism.

“Yesterday’s decision is a denial of history and gives a boost to terror,” said Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

UNESCO passed the draft resolution on Thursday. According to the document posted on UNESCO’s website and dated October 12, the holy sites will be referred to by their Arabic name, Haram esh-Sharif, while the Hebrew terms will only appear in quotation marks in UN references.

he draft also refers to “Occupied Palestine” and the need to “safeguard the Palestinian cultural heritage and the distinctive character of east Jerusalem,” referencing Islam’s third holiest site, the Al-Aqsa mosque.

On Friday, Israel suspended all UNESCO activities in the country.

“I have notified the Israel National Commission for UNESCO to suspend all professional activities with the international organization,” Bennett wrote in a letter to UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova.

Statement by the Director-General of UNESCO on the Old City of Jerusalem & its Walls, a UNESCO site:http://on.unesco.org/2doNWq0 pic.twitter.com/e4ooLUQWHR