Anti-Semitism at Unesco: Bokova fighting her own organisation

Written by on October 16, 2016 in Bulgaria, World - Comments Off on Anti-Semitism at Unesco: Bokova fighting her own organisation

The Bulgarian Director-General of Unesco, Irina Bokova, has basically promised to fight her own organisation, after Unesco passed a scandalous resolution, sponsored by several Arab countries, in which the Temple Mount and the Western Wall — Judaism’s holiest sites — were only referred to by their Muslim names. In the resolution thousands of years of Jewish and Christian history were being erased.

Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

After the vote, Bokova answered a letter from Knesset member and former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, which was sent before the vote, and in which she had complained about the revisionist actions put forward by anti-Semitic regimes. According to the Times of Israel, Bokova wrote in her reply, her organisation would battle the delegitimization of Israel, and continue to promote Jewish heritage around the world, while fighting against Holocaust denial.

Before answering the letter, Bokova had stated that Jerusalem was “the sacred city of the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” The U.N. diplomat, who might become Deputy Secretary General of the world organization, said the heritage of Jerusalem was indivisible “and each of its communities has a right to the explicit recognition of their history and relationship with the city. To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions, undermines the integrity of the site, and runs counter to the reasons that justified its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list.”

Bokova continued saying, when the divisions at the U.N. “carry over into UNESCO, an organization dedicated to dialogue and peace, they prevent us from carrying out our mission.” At a UNESCO board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, the scandalous vote still has to be confirmed. One board member, Michael Worbs, said, he was trying to delay that meeting, in order to reach a “consensus” beforehand. The question is: What kind of consensus is possible, with countless Arab and Muslim members, whose main goal seems to be to delegitimize Israel diplomatically and fight it with means of terror, armies and missiles?

Several parts of the United Nations have become a club for antisemites and other Israel-haters. Some examples:

UNHRC: The so-called U.N. Human Rights Council is partially made up of members who are known for Human Rights abuses. Some of them are Saudi Arabia, China and Cuba. The NGO “U.N. Watch” has lined up international political leaders supporting their cause, in order to fight a reelection of these countries into this U.N. body. The UNHRC has passed more resolutions against Israel, the only democracy and multi-ethnic state in its region, than against all other countries combined. This U.N. organization is clearly being abused as a tool to legitimize Human Rights abuses and to demonize Israel.

UNRWA: While the UNHCR , the High Commissioner for Refugees (not to mix up with with UNHRC), is responsible for refugees all over the world , UNRWA deals with refugees in the Middle East, around Israel. There is a long list of problems here. Since Israel pulled out of the Gaza strip in 2005, the territory has been taken over by the terror organization Hamas, which is cooperating with Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. He was elected for a 4-year-term 12 years ago. This terror coalition is using UNRWA schools as missile launchers, and therefore endangering the lives of hundreds of school children even more. At UNRWA, antisemitic teachers teach Palestinian children to hate Israel, as documented cases have proven. At the same time, UNRWA is not doing anything to accommodate refugees in host countries. By artificially increasing the numbers of refugees, using a phony counting scheme, UNRWA became another U.N. body which is being abused with one goal in mind: the delegitimization of Israel. Originally, there were far more Jewish refugees than Arab ones. Israel accommodated them all. At the same time, no Arab countries accepted any Palestinian refugees, in order to boost their numbers. The latter are being used against Israel.

The fact that the U.N. bodies UNHRC and UNRWA are behaving in such a scandalous way, even triggered harsh criticism from world politicians, who are not the biggest friends of Israel, including the Obama administration. The latest UNESCO scandal just adds to the notion that the United Nations are definitely not uniting nations, but rather the opposite. Having U.N. leaders like Irina Bokova, who at least vow to fight the antisemitic and anti-Christian bias, is good. But, so far, there is nobody who seems to be ready to fight hard.

(Photo of Jerusalem: Marketa Skornicko)

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Imanuel Marcus is Associate Editor of The Sofia Globe. He is German and lives in Sofia. Contact: imanuelmarcus (at) gmail.com