Oct. 20, 2016
Despite intense Palestinian opposition, a group of 15 parliamentarians from across the globe visits the Tomb of the Patriarchs for the first time
On Wednesday, one day after UNESCO’s executive board ratified the controversial resolution denying Jewish connections to Jerusalem, 15 Christian parliamentarians from Europe, Africa and Latin America visited the Tomb of the Patriarchs and other parts of Jewish Hebron in a striking affirmation of support for the Jewish claim to the Holy Land. This is the first time such a group has visited this site, and they did so despite strong Palestinian opposition. One member of the group, an MP from South Africa, said that the Palestinian pressure against this visit to a Jewish holy site reminded him of the days when South African apartheid restricted his freedom of movement. In yesterday’s IDNS (Israel Daily News Stream…Ed.) we noted two analysts who believe the UNESCO resolution was actually a defeat for Palestinians: because it highlighted the absurdity of their claims to the world and also revealed a change in voting patterns at the UN, even among nations who traditionally supported similar resolutions against Israel. Is this trip an example of that very “changing of the tide” to which the two analysts were referring?
…In Hebron, South Africa MP said Palestinian pressure not to visit reminded him of apartheid when they restricted his freedom of movement…