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UNESCO’s Historical Revisionism

UNESCO’s Historical Revisionism

It is pointless to argue with those who happily pervert reality in the service of their profoundly held prejudices.

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Is there no limit to the United Nations’ willingness to ignore every readily verifiable fact and provable source of historic truth in order to give expression to its obsessive and all-consuming hatred of Israel and the Jewish people?

The resolution passed by UNESCO last week replaces more than thousands of years of recorded history with a version of the story of Jerusalem and the site of the holy Temples of the Jews which is far more hysterical than historical. Using its majority of Arab members and joined by a cabal of countries ready to sell their conscience for the good graces of the Muslim world, UNESCO denied the deep and abiding connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people and posited the absurd thesis that Jerusalem’s sanctity is primarily linked to its Palestinian heritage. The Temple Mount itself, according to UNESCO, may now only be referred to by its Muslim name as al-Haram al-Sharif, Arabic for the Noble Sanctuary – a name which ignores not only its sacred history for Jews but its profound meaning for Christians as well.

UNESCO has been overtaken by history revisionists and anti-Semites whose obvious hatred for Jews is so strong that they refuse to acknowledge the facts and the truth right in front of them.

Special United Nations Envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches Laurie Cardoza-Moore said, “This resolution is worse than Holocaust denial, as it questions the very existence of the Jewish people. UNESCO has been overtaken by history revisionists and anti-Semites whose obvious hatred for Jews is so strong that they refuse to acknowledge the facts and the truth right in front of them.  By refusing to recognize the Jewish people’s historic and biblical connection to the Temple Mount, UNESCO has denied the very foundation of our Judeo-Christian faith.”

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu put it well when he responded to the ludicrous UN- approved document, agreed to by ostensibly “enlightened countries” like France, Spain and Italy, with the analogy that “To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple and the Western Wall is like saying that China is not connected to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids.”

But what I think is a far more important lesson to be learned from the passage of this resolution is its relevance to the error of the Western mindset which continues to believe in the power of facts to shape the current of modern political reality and the strength of reason to moderate Islamic extremism.

Mohammed was born in the seventh century. Yet Palestinians see no logical inconsistency in proclaiming themselves as the original and sole sources of sanctity for a city chosen by David as capital of Israel a thousand years earlier, designated by David’s son Solomon as site for the first Jewish Temple, and rebuilt and renewed by their descendants when they returned from their exile in Babylon hundreds of years before the common era.

It is pointless to argue with those who happily pervert reality in the service of their profoundly held prejudices.

Just last week, the very same week when we were treated to UNESCO’s rewriting of history, we were treated to but one more stupefying example of “hysterical revisionism.”  Israel Radio reported that an Iranian cleric claims the “irrefutable truth” that Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist who developed the Theory of Relativity, was actually a Shiite Muslim.

In a video featuring Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani, identified as the head of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ayatollah says that there are documents proving the Jewish scientist embraced Shiite Islam and was an avid follower of Ja'far Al-Sadiq, an eighth-century Shi'i imam. In the video, Kani quotes Einstein as saying that when he heard about the ascension of the prophet Mohammed, "a process which was faster than the speed of light," he realized "this is the very same relativity movement that Einstein had understood."  The ayatollah adds: "Einstein said, 'when I heard about the narratives of the prophet Mohamad and that of the Ahle-Beit  [prophet's household] I realized they had understood these things way before us.'" 

Our efforts grant bizarre and irrational viewpoints a kind of legitimacy they do not deserve - as if our response to disciples of the “earth is flat” notion requires respectful debate.

And so of course Jews really had nothing to do with the sanctity of Jerusalem as well as the genius of Albert Einstein – a truly stunning theory of relativity.

All of which is why I’m convinced we are wasting our time when we respond to these obvious falsifications with reasoned replies. Our efforts grant bizarre and irrational viewpoints a kind of legitimacy they do not deserve - as if our response to disciples of the “earth is flat” notion requires respectful debate.

The UNESCO document is so outlandish in its conclusions that it ought simply to be branded for what it is without further discussion – another racist and anti-Semitic product of an organization so committed to irrational hatred of Israel and the Jewish people that it has lost any justification for its continued existence.

October 20, 2016

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Visitor Comments: 21

(20) Mauro Keiserman, November 2, 2016 12:33 PM

What difference is to the truth and to the jewish values the opinion of UNESCO? Moreover, UNESCO components are transitory, and by having the feeling of hatred, in return have the feeling of mental distress. It's a boomerang and the more hate more suffering and not room for happiness. Be damned!

(19) Dvora, October 28, 2016 8:13 PM

Hannah Arendt-Banality of evil

What I was saying Rabbi Blech is that Hannah Arendt utilized the term "Banality of evil" which YOU took great offense to in the Eichman Trial. The lies told by UNESCO is just that. Like Nazi, Germany. All those of different Religions who voted to pass this UNESCO referendum I would term as moral imbeciles. Better yet, COMMON CRIMINALS!! Hannah would have said it as "Banality of evil".

(18) Dvora, October 28, 2016 3:32 PM

Delusion is the byproduct of a criminal mind

Of course it is common, without deep reflection, to pronounce the lies of UNESCO as "propaganda". It is far worse than that. It is delusion. Nazi Germany possessed the same criminal mind. This is what Hannah Arendt was saying. At the time of Hannah's Publication, the word Criminal mind was NOT available yet. The more delusional a people are, the MOST DANGEROUS!! It cannot be educated, it cannot be treated and there is no known cure. I knew this by the age of 7. It was my hypothesis. Experience and time confirmed it.

(17) Dvora, October 26, 2016 3:44 AM

Unesco-Rabbi Blech

Well written, Rabbi Blech. Palestinian was the name that Arab Nations called persons of Jewish Heritage. Palestinian was the name given by Arafat to people of Arab descent (primarily rogue Jordanians) and later persons from all over Muslim Nations. I remember when, in 1967, Moshe Dayan gave the keys (to be shared jointly with Muslim and Jews) to the Temple Mount. (Jaffa gate). I was horrified! The ONLY way to deal with the mounting lies about the Palestinian People, the Temple Mount and Arab revisionist History is TRUTH! This is NOT the time to bow in cowardice. No time is ever a good time for that! I would send UNESCO a copy of this article TO ALL THEIR MEMBERS! Why did Israel EVER remain silent to the Millions of Muslims migrating ANYWHERE near Israel?

(16) Mike, October 25, 2016 12:55 PM

Where is the outrage.

When simple cartoons are drawn about Mohammad the whole Muslim world explodes in violence and the media is there to capture every moment. When the history of the Jewish people is denied there is silence. This stunning announcement by UNESCO is an insult to the Jewish people and an out right denial of history. Who do these fool think built the temple? Christians should be equally upset since this is also a denial of the authenticity of their religion. Do they think that Jesus preached in a Palestinian temple? This is a denial of western history. So, where is the outrage? Why does the media allow them to get away with this? It's time for the media to challenge these buffoons in public and expose them as fools in front of the whole world. They need to be publicly humiliated by experts from all walks of life, not just religious leaders. Unfortunately this will not happen. Our media is too busy chasing down political scandals about Trump and Clinton or filling us in on the latest Kardashian gossip. For years our haters have been telling the world that we control the media, but you would never know it from the media's anemic response.

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