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Hastings Introduces Resolution Disapproving of UNESCO World Heritage Committee Inscription of Hebron as a Palestinian World Heritage Site in Danger

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Washington, D.C., July 11, 2017 | comments

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing a House Resolution disapproving of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) World Heritage Committee Inscription of Hebron as a Palestinian World Heritage Site in Danger:

“UNESCO’s inscription of Hebron as a Palestinian World Heritage Site is the height of absurdity. It seems as if every time I turn around the United Nations (UN) or one of its agencies is attempting to rewrite Jewish history out of world history. The biased resolution passed last week by the World Heritage Committee is a perfect example of this foolish trend.

“The UN does itself a great disservice when it allows these revisionist measures to move forward. In the past year, it has pushed resolutions that have omitted Jewish identity from the Temple Mount, which is the most holy place in Judaism and named for the location of the Jewish Temple that stood more than two thousand years ago, and also chastised Israel for planting ‘fake Jewish graves’ in the vicinity. This is ridiculous and bordering on anti-Semitism.

“Even as wars and humanitarian disasters rage across the globe, the UN remains relentless in its anti-Israel agenda. I therefore felt it necessary to introduce this resolution today disapproving of UNESCO’s inscription of Hebron and its Cave of the Patriarchs – the second holiest place in the Jewish faith – as a Palestinian World Heritage Site in Danger.”

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.

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