Yesterday, Thurs. 13 Oct. 2016, UNESCO passed a resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
24 UNESCO member states voted in favor of the resolution, 26 abstained, and only six countries voted against.
The proposal, put forward by the Palestinians together with Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, condemns Israel on several issues related to Jerusalem and its holy sites.
The draft resolution acknowledges that the city of Jerusalem is holy to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity but says the Temple Mount holy site is sacred only to Muslims and fails to mention its significance to Jews.
Jerusalem is the only city that is Holy to Jews. The Kotel (Western Wall), the only remaining part above ground of the platform on which Herod’s Temple was built, is very important to them.
Mecca and Medina are both considered to be sacred to Muslims and no one would dispute that, but why do they say that Jerusalem is their third holiest site?
Their claim stems from a belief that Mohammed went on a night journey to Jerusalem from the mosque in Mecca.
Glory to — Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).
— Quran, Chapter 17 (Al-Isra) verse 1
Jerusalem is not mentioned by name and, at the time this journey was said to have taken place, about AD 621, there was no mosque in Jerusalem.
The Dome of the Rock (a shrine, not a mosque) was constructed between AD688 – 692. The Al-Aqsa mosque was constructed after that, opening in AD705. As Mohammed died in AD632 it is very difficult to see how the “farthest mosque” could possibly refer to Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem!
The reference above is the only mention in the Quran about the night journey, everything else is in the Hadith (a hadith is one of various reports describing the words, actions, or habits of the Islamic prophet Muhammad).
Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Quran.
The Bible mentions Jerusalem by name 805 times. It is also referred to by other names Zion – 173 times, the Holy City – 11 times, Salem – 4 times and the City of David – 47 times.
In Scripture we read about 3 strategic parcels of land being bought –
• Abraham bought the field and cave of Machpelah in which to bury Sarah – Genesis 23
• Jacob bought land in Shechem – the first place Abram built an altar to the Lord
• David bought the threshing floor of Araunah, the Jebusite, on Mount Moriah, Jerusalem – 2 Samuel 24
These 3 places have become areas of struggle between Israel and Palestinians.
The last is the area that UNESCO, an arm of the UN, has said has nothing to do with the Jews!!! It would seem that the nations of the world are gearing up to completely remove any Jewish right to Israel.
24 countries voted in favour: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chad, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Vietnam.
6 voted against: USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Lithuania and Estonia.
26 abstained: France, India, Argentina, Spain, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Guinea, Togo, Albania, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Paraguay, South Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Slovenia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine.
The resolution passed by UNESCO has made it clear that they do not believe the Word of God in the Bible.
How sad that 26 nations, many with a Christian heritage, did not stand with Israel.