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un responses to the unesco resolution on jerusalem

On  October 18, 2016, the UNESCO Executive Board adopted a resolution d enying any connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. UN leaders were quick to distance themselves from this resolution.

Country representatives who voted for this resolution included: South Africa, Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Russia, Senegal, Sudan, Chad and Vietnam.
Those who voted against: Germany, Estonia, United States of America, Lithuania, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Those who abstained: Albania, Argentina, Cameroon, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Spain, France, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and -Niévès, Salvador, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago and Ukraine.

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, issued the following statement:

"As I have repeatedly stated, and most recently on the occasion of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, the Old Town Jerusalem is the holy city of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is under this diversity and the religious and cultural coexistence that the city was inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage.

The heritage of Jerusalem is indivisible, and each of its communities have the right to explicit recognition of its history and its relationship with the city. Deny, hide or want to delete one or other of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions returns to jeopardize the integrity of the site, against the reasons which justified its inscription on the World Heritage List. Nowhere else in Jerusalem Jewish traditions and heritage, Christians, Muslims, overlap at this point and support each other. These cultural and spiritual traditions are based on texts and references known to all who are part of the identity and history of peoples. 

In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David of the Jews, where Solomon built the temple that housed the Ark of the Covenant. In the Gospel, Jerusalem is the place of the passion and resurrection of Christ. In the Koran, Jerusalem is the destination of the Night Journey (Isra) that the Prophet Muhammad made from Mecca to the Al Aqsa Mosque.
In this microcosm of our spiritual diversity, different people frequent the same places, sometimes under different names. The recognition, use and respect those names are essential. Al Aqsa Mosque / al-Haram al-Sharif, the sacred shrine of Muslims, is also the Har HaBayit - or Temple Mount - which the Western Wall is the holiest place in Judaism, a few steps of the Holy Sepulchre and Olivet revered by Christians. 

The outstanding universal value of the city, which earned him to be registered on the UNESCO List of World Heritage held in this synthesis, which is a call for dialogue, not confrontation. We have a collective responsibility to strengthen the cultural and religious coexistence, by force of acts, and by the power of words. This requirement is stronger than ever, to heal divisions that undermine the multifaith spirit of the city.

When these divisions spill over UNESCO, an organization dedicated to dialogue and the search for peace, they prevent it from carrying out its mission. UNESCO's responsibility is to live the spirit of tolerance and respect for history, and this is my daily commitment as Director General, with all Member States. I will work on this task in all circumstances because it is our purpose: to remember that we are one human family and that tolerance is the only way to live in a world of diversity. "

Michael Worbs, Chairman of the Executive Board of UNESCO: 
Michael said that he would never deny the links between Jews and Christians and Jerusalem. He also referred to the decision of the old cultural organization of decades to classify the capital as a world heritage site. This designation overrides any recent discussions.  Speaking from his office in Paris, Worbs said that when Jerusalem was declared a World Heritage site, its importance to the three monotheistic religions was stressed. "I am very well aware of that [this matter] and personally I will never deny," noted Worbs. "I also want to remember that Jerusalem, the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls were inscribed on the World Heritage of UNESCO by the World Heritage Committee in 1982, and at that time, it was specifically written that s 'is a site that has significance for three religions, "said Worbs. This position, has he said, replaces the debate that the board had recently.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General:
The Secretary General rejected the UNESCO resolution. It "reaffirmed the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions and stressed that the religious and historical connection of Jews, Muslims and Christians to this holy place." "El Aksa Mosque / Al Haram Al Sharif holy place for Muslims is also the Har HaBayit -or Mount Temple- which the Western Wall is the holiest place in Judaism, a few steps from the Church of St. -Sépulcre and the Mount of Olives, revered by Christians, "he added. "Every action seen as an attempt to deny the inalienable common reference to these sites goes against the interests of peace and only fuels violence and extremism," he said in urging all parties " to maintain the status quo in relation to the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem "[