A Much Needed History Seminar

Last month, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization passed a resolution condemning Israel that falsely claimed that the Jewish state was denying Muslims access to their holy places on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The bias of the measure is seen in the utter disconnect between its charges and the truth. The only time in history when all faiths have had access to their holy places in Jerusalem has been the last 49 years, during which all was united under Israeli control. But the bias of the measure is also obvious in its language. It only refers to the Temple Mount — the site of the biblical holy temples of Jerusalem — by the name used by Muslims: the al-Aksa Mosque/al-Haram al Sharif. Just as offensive was the reference to the Western Wall by its Arabic name, the al-Buraq plaza.

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A Much Needed History Seminar

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Pick your battles.

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