Jerusalem asks Holy See for help with Un­esco vote on Jerusalem

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

In an un­usual move, Is­rael has sought the Holy See’s help in fore­stalling Un­esco’s adopt­ing a Pales­tinian rec­om­men­da­tion to deny any Jewish af­fil­i­a­tion with Jerusalem and the Tem­ple Mount Thurs­day af­ter­noon, ar­gu­ing that it will also harm Chris­tians.

The Pales­tini­ans have de­manded that an in­ter­na­tional del­e­ga­tion of ex­perts be sent to the holy sites to ex­am­ine what they have de­scribed as the de­struc­tion of his­tor­i­cal and arche­o­log­i­cal her­itage by Is­rael. They allege that this has been car­ried out in a va­ri­ety of man­ners, in­clud­ing the build­ing of the Jerusalem light rail and arche­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions.

Is­rael, along with the United States, has been work­ing in re­cent weeks to re­duce the ma­jor­ity sup­port within Un­esco’s ex­ec­u­tive board. France, which sup­ported the Pales­tini­ans in April, has promised to vote against this pro­posal.

The Pales­tini­ans are seek­ing, in­ter alia, to ap­point a Un­esco per­ma­nent ob­server in Jerusalem and to ap­point a se­ries of con­dem­na­tions of Is­raeli ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the al­leged de­mo­li­tion of a school in Kfar Adu­mim. (Is­rael claims that it was a di­lap­i­dated car­a­van that was de­stroyed and not a school.”

The Holy See holds non-vot­ing ob­server sta­tus at Un­esco, though its head of del­e­ga­tion, Msgr. Francesco Follo, is a part of the be­hind-the-scenes dy­nam­ics. Is­rael has tried to con­vince the Catholic del­e­ga­tion that the Pales­tini­ans are work­ing to dis­re­gard not just the Jewish con­nec­tion to Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, but also the Chris­tian con­nec­tion.

Is­raeli Am­bas­sador Des­ig­nate to the Holy See, Oren David, con­tacted the Vat­i­can’s Un­der­Sec­re­tary for Re­la­tions with States An­toine Camil­leri on the mat­ter and asked the Holy See to work to con­vince the Un­esco mem­ber states not to sup­port the Pales­tinian ini­tia­tive.

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