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New UNESCO resolution ignores Judaism’s connection to Temple Mount

The UN cultural agency’s World Heritage Committee adopts a resolution that, like its parent organization’s, disregards the Jewish ties to its holiest sites in the capital. Israel’s UNESCO ambassador is displeased, though the PM is satisfied that 8 of 21 countries abstained.

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Una nueva resolución de la UNESCO vuelve a ignorar la conexión del judaísmo con el Monte del Templo

The UN cultural agency’s World Heritage Committee adopts a resolution that, like its parent organization’s, disregards the Jewish ties to its holiest sites in the capital. Israel’s UNESCO ambassador is displeased, though the PM is satisfied that 8 of 21 countries abstained.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution on Jerusalem that ignores Judaism’s connection to the Temple Mount on Wednesday. The committee’s resolution is similar to the one passed last week by the UN’s cultural agency.

Although some Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, said there had been some improvement in the language, the new resolution continues to ignore the Jewish link to the Temple Mount, where Jews believe the First and Second Temples were built and destroyed, and revered as the religion’s holiest site.

The new resolution came the same day that the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) displayed a rare papyrus dating to the First Temple Period—about 2,700 years ago—which has the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew. A spokesman for the IAA said the papyrus was believed to have been plundered from a cave in the Judean desert and is one of only three Hebrew scrolls from that period.

Lebanon and Tunisia submitted the resolution on behalf of Jordan and the Palestinians, who are not among the 21 member states of the World Heritage Committee. The Arab states had originally wanted the resolution to pass without a vote and toned down some of the original language. For example, the resolution refers to the Western Wall, without using quotation marks as the previous resolution did.

However, it still only refers to the Temple Mount by its Muslim name, Haram al-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary. Netanyahu’s office said that the fact that the vote was even held, and that eight nations abstained, was a victory of sorts.

«More nations moved this year from support to abstentions,» the statement says, attributing this to «intense efforts by the prime minister and the Foreign Ministry.»

But, in a sign that the Prime Minister’s office and the Foreign Ministry do not always coordinate, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon tweeted a photo of Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, throwing a copy of the resolution in the garbage (which was later deleted), followed by an angry tweet.

«UNESCO’s vote on Jerusalem is a piece of rubbish, rightly dumped in the garbage can by our Ambassador!! Long live Jewish Jerusalem!!!» Nachshon tweeted.

Unlike a Security Council resolution, the UNESCO vote does not have policy implications. It is, however, another example of growing international criticism of Israel.

«Israel should care about its standing and its image in the world,» Tamir Sheafer, a professor of political science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem told The Media Line. «(Jerusalem) is something that unites a majority of Israelis.»

For Palestinians, the resolution does not go far enough.

Source: Ynet

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.

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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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Antisemitism/Argentina. The increase in antisemitic incidents is “fierce”

Agencia AJN.- The Asociation of Israeli Delegations in Argentina (DAIA) qualifies as «fierce» the increase in the number of antisemitic incidents in Argentina, after the anual report over the 107 percent increase during 2018 in comparation with the previous year.

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Agencia AJN.- This way was how the president of DAIA, Jorge Knoblovits, present today the details of the anual report of antisemitism, in a reunion realized in the Centro Cultural Kirchner of Buenos Aires.

Anyway, the communitarian leader said that “It is not fierce only in Argentina, it is fierce worldwide”.

“I start with an autocritic: with the results of the investigation and the results of the center of social studies, the increment of heat speeches and antisemitic acts that DAIA registerd, I think we hadn´t done enough for the memory and fighting the hate speeches beacuse the increase is fierce”, added Knoblovits after presenting the document.

Also, he remarks that “in Europe, reciently The Economist determines that 34 percent of europeans, where Shoa took place and where 6 millions died, dosen’t registres what Holocaust is”.

“In Argentina, being antisemitic and discriminating is a crime. He is punished by the Law. It is a great achievement, beacuse the communities live in peace and we know that discrimination is a crime”, highlighted the president of DAIA.

In this track, he describes that the increase of 107 percent had impulsed DAIA to develope “an app for people to can denunce this acts, not only antisemitic, any time of discrimination”.

“Also, whe put totems in subway, bus and train station, and in shopping for people to register that there is a place for register the denunces that are wecolme», afirms.

Knoblovits sustain that “many of the denunces” recibed where judicialized. “The sensation that I have is that we give judicial fight, but we are losing the culture fight. That’s the battle that we don’t want to lose. Inside the culture field, we are gonna do everything possible so we don’t have never again discrimination acts in Argentina, or at least those are gonna be fighted by us”, concluded.

Following the report, there had been 834 antisemitic acts in 2018, in comparation with the 404 reported in 2017.

The estadistics and investigation will be presented by DAIA and INADI (National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism).

The anual report of antisemitism was realized by DAIA with the Gino Germani Institute and the Center of Social Studies.

This year is the number 20 since the fisrt anual report published by the political organization of the argentinian jewish community, that stablished that practice in 1998.

Report shows that 68% of the incidents had place in Buenos Aires, and 32% where in the rest of the country. About the 834 reported incidents, DAIA said that 71% happend online, mostly in web sites, and 17% of that number appeares in social networks.

The report also shows that 27% of antisemitic material online had xenophobia against jews, while 18% was pushed by the events that took place in Middle East, 17% had relation with nazi simbology and jewish world domination conspiracy among other misconceptions.

Gino Germani Insitute present a poll of social perceptions of Jews in Argentina.

The poll shows that 53% of 1443 people interviewed agrees that there is discrimination against jews, while 87% didn’t know what it was the zionism.

The Report remarks that 61% agreed with the antisemitic prejudice of the «influence» of jews in international markets and 47% belives that jews are the first in not helping people in need.

The information for this poll was collected between June and July of this year.

In the presentation of the report, will join Knoblovits, the president of the Conferencia Episcopal Argentina y the bishop of San Isidro Monseñor Oscar Ojea, Néstor Cohen, who runs the investigation of Gino Germani Institute, the director of Social Center, Marisa Braylan and one of the principal investigatores, Verónica Constantino.

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