Conference of Presidents blasts UNESCO

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Wednesday condemned the latest decision by UNESCO’s Executive Board which denies Israel’s sovereignty over its capital, Jerusalem.

The resolution, which passed Tuesday, declares that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the “basic law” on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith.”

22 countries voted in favor of the resolution, compared to 10 which voted against it. 23 countries abstained.

In response, Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents said, “The latest politically motivated anti-Israel resolution passed by a minority of members of UNESCO’s Executive Board undermines the legitimate efforts of those seeking meaningful peace negotiations, denigrates the Jewish connection to holy sites and minimizes thousands of years of Jewish and Christian history and tradition. This resolution should never have been permitted to come before the Executive Board, let alone be voted on and adopted.”


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