“The motion submitted to UNESCO seeks to delegitimise Israel by denying one of the central pillars of its character, its religious connection to the land.
“Those who have put forward the motion seek to be deliberately inflammatory at a time of considerable instability in the region. For the Western Wall to be named as part of the al-Aqsa Mosque as proposed in this motion, would be an affront to Jews everywhere, not just in Israel. Coming five years after UNESCO passed a motion declaring the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb to be ‘Palestinian’, it is clear that the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and their supporters are using the world’s major cultural forum as a setting to delegitimise Israel rather than foster cooperation on cultural maintenance.
“The JLC has written to the Foreign Office and other high level officials to ensure they are aware of the Jewish community’s position. We call on all those nations sponsoring this proposal, and those encouraging them to do so, to change course and curtail the current wave of violence, not to push forward resolutions that will escalate an already volatile situation.”