Netanyahu rejects UNESCO’s invitation to anti-Semitism conference —over its anti-Semitism
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he rejected an invitation from the anti-Semite U.N.’s cultural agency to participate in an anti-Semitism conference, over its bias and obsession with Israel.
Netanyahu’s office issued a statement declining the offer Wednesday from Paris-based UNESCO while he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“Since 2009, UNESCO has passed 71 resolutions condemning Israel and only 2 resolutions condemning all other countries combined. If UNESCO wants to remove this mark of shame, it must do more than host a conference on anti-Semitism. It must stop practicing anti-Semitism.”
“The mark of antisemitism was once singling out the Jewish people for slander and condemnation. The mark of antisemitism today is singling out the Jewish state for slander and condemnation.”
“If UNESCO wants to remove this mark of shame, it must do more than host a conference on antisemitism. It must stop practicing antisemitism”. And it must stop the absurdity of passing resolutions which deny the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, between the Jewish people and our eternal capital Jerusalem.
“No matter what UNESCO says, the Western Wall is not occupied Palestinian territory and the Cave of the Patriarchs – the burial site of Abraham and Sara, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob, and Leah – is not a Palestinian Heritage Site.
“In withdrawing from UNESCO in 2017, Israel and the United States made a clear moral statement that UNESCO’s antisemitism will no longer be tolerated.
“If and when UNESCO ends its bias against Israel, stops denying history and starts standing up for the truth, Israel will be honored to rejoin.
“Until then, Israel will fight antisemitism at UNESCO and everywhere else,” Netanyahu said.
Israel has long complained of anti-Israel bias within the U.N., where Israel and its allies are far outnumbered by Arab countries and their supporters.
Betraying its mission to protect world heritage and culture, UNESCO repeatedly demonized the Jewish state, elevated murderous regimes and denied the ancient Jewish heritage and culture of the holy cities Jerusalem and Hevron, which was last year declared a World Heritage site of the imaginary state of “Palestine.”