Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to approve a resolution ignoring Jewish links to the Temple Mount:
“Once again, UNESCO must be condemned for adopting a one-sided, anti-Semitic resolution denying thousands of years of Jewish ties to Jerusalem. Jewish ties to Jerusalem are indisputable, and dangerous resolutions like this one only deepen existing divisions.
“World bodies do not have the right to re-write history, and important multi-national institutions should not engage in de-legitimizing political theater. The fact that this vote was taken just hours after the conclusion of Yom Kippur, the most holy day in Judaism, is noteworthy.
“Last month, I introduced H.Con.157, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should continue to exercise its veto in the United Nations Security Council on resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and oppose anti-Israel measures considered by the United Nations and its bodies. Today’s biased UNESCO resolution highlights why my resolution is unfortunately necessary. The United Nations and its bodies unfairly target Israel on a regular basis, whether it is the Human Rights Council naming Israel as the world’s top human rights violator, or the Commission on the Status of Women singling out Israel as the only nation responsible for women’s rights violations.
“I appreciate the United States’ representative to UNESCO, as well as the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Estonia for voting against this resolution.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.