Nov. 10, 2016
- Why UNESCO Shouldn’t Treat Jerusalem as a Weapon – Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander Joffe
UNESCO has now voted to place the Muslim narrative on Jerusalem and the Temple Mount on a pedestal and to ignore Jewish and Christian connections. But what is the Muslim narrative? For Islam, Jerusalem is less a holy city than a rallying cry and a prize to be denied to others, especially Jews.
Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran at all and there is no explicit connection between the city and Muhammad’s life. Jerusalem is mentioned more than 800 times in the Bible, and it has been the direction of Jewish prayer for two thousand years.
The UNESCO vote shows how Palestinians and their supporters will subvert any international institution in order to vilify Israelis. Asaf Romirowsky is the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) and a fellow at the Middle East Forum, where Alexander Joffe is also a fellow. (National Interest)