The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHI­MON SA­MUELS

THE Pales­tini­ans en­tered Unesco in Novem­ber 2011, bring­ing noth­ing but may­hem. Like the re­place­ment the­ol­ogy of the early Church su­per­ces­sion­ism, the val­i­da­tion of Pales­tine also seems to re­quire the dele­tion of the Jewish her­itage and the im­pugn­ing of its nar­ra­tive. Hence, the ob­sti­nacy in re­fus­ing recog­ni­tion of Is­rael as a Jewish state. The ob­jec­tive is the to­tal de­con­struc­tion of the Zion­ist en­ter­prise.

The Ger­man strate­gist Von Clause­witz saw “diplo­macy as war by other means”. To­day, it is “her­itage” as part of a zero-sum con­flict.

Hence the ra­pa­cious Pales­tinian ap­petite at Unesco’s World Her­itage Com­mit­tee. Each year, the wish list ad­vances from the Cave of the Pa­tri­archs to Rachel’s Tomb, from Bit­tar (Beitar), to Qum­ram and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Now it is Ju­daism’s Holy of Holies: the Ko­tel or Western Wall of the Tem­ple.

In July in Bonn, Ger­many, they be­gan to make their claims on the Bu­raq Wall — where Muhammed, by tra­di­tion, teth­ered his winged steed, Bu­raq, on his night flight to heaven.

The claim of the Bu­raq Wall as the Ko­tel was launched by a Ha­mas pub­li­ca­tion at the 2011 Frank­furt Book Fair, ex­posed by our cen­tre one month be­fore the Pales­tinian en­try into Unesco. The book­let, in Ara­bic and English, presents the “Ko­tel” as a Jewish con­spir­acy and launches a cam­paign for the re­turn of the “Bu­raq Wall” to the em­brace of Is­lam.

This week, at Unesco’s Ex­ec­u­tive Board in Paris, the Pales­tini­ans, through the six-mem­ber Arab Group, went for the full monty, plac­ing Bu­raq as part of the Al Aqsa es­tate.

To­day, the bid was with­drawn ow­ing to the forth­right stand of the Unesco di­rec­tor-gen­eral. We won this bat­tle in a con­tin­u­ing war over her­itage — game, set and match.

Shi­mon Sa­muels is Di­rec­tor for In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions at the Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre

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