Anti-Semitism Lives and its Ad­dress is at UNESCO

The Jewish Voice - - DP-ED - By: Jeff Dunetz

On Fri­day, the U.N. or­ga­ni­za­tion, UNESCO (United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion) dou­bled-down its ha­tred of the Is­rael and the Jew­ish peo­ple by denying their bib­li­cal con­nec­tion to the old City of He­bron. He­bron is home the Tomb of the Pa­tri­archs, pur­chased nearly four mil­len­nia ago by Abra­ham, as a burial place for his wife Sarah. Twelve coun­tries voted in fa­vor of the Pales­tinian re­quest to name He­bron a Pales­tinian her­itage site, while only three voted against it. Six coun­tries ab­stained.

This res­o­lu­tion, like last year’s UNESCO ac­tion re­gard­ing Jerusalem and the Tem­ple Mount has only one pur­pose to dele­git­imize Is­rael by denying the Jew­ish con­nec­tion to the Holy Land. At its heart, this res­o­lu­tion is not sim­ply di­rected at Is­rael, but at all Jews ev­ery­where. Next to Jerusalem, He­bron is the holi­est city in the Jew­ish faith.

Is­rael will re­ject Fri­day’s anti-Semitic res­o­lu­tion, as they did the one last year which named the Tem­ple Mount a Pales­tinian her­itage site. Al­ready the Jerusalem Post re­ports:

Is­rael’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Tzipi Ho­tovely de­scribed the vote as a “badge of shame for UNESCO, which time af­ter time prefers to stand with the side of lies.”

Is­rael’s De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Liber­man re­acted to the vote by de­scrib­ing UNESCO as a “po­lit­i­cally-bi­ased, em­bar­rass­ing and anti-Semitic or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Naf­tali Ben­nett also crit­i­cized the vote. “It is dis­ap­point­ing and dis­grace­ful that, time and again, UNESCO de­nies history and dis­torts re­al­ity, know­ingly serv­ing those at­tempt­ing to erase the Jew­ish state,” said Ben­nett. “Is­rael will not re­sume its co­op­er­a­tion with UNESCO so long as it re­mains a po­lit­i­cal tool, rather than pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Chair­per­son of Is­raeli party Yesh Atid Yair Lapid also re­sponded, say­ing, “UNESCO’s de­ci­sion to rec­og­nize the Cave of Pa­tri­archs as a Pales­tinian her­itage site is a de­spi­ca­ble fal­si­fi­ca­tion of history. Does UNESCO not be­lieve that the Bi­ble is her­itage? It’s a de­ci­sion that, at best, stems from ut­ter ig­no­rance and, at worst, from hypocrisy and an­ti­semitism.”

Chris­tians across the world should re­al­ize the UNESCO res­o­lu­tion not only re­jects Jew­ish her­itage, but the her­itage of ev­ery­one who be­lieves in what they call the “Old Tes­ta­ment.” As de­scribed in B’reisheet chap­ter 23, be­fore Abra­ham pur­chased the land that be­came the Cave of the Pa­tri­archs, he re­jected the Hit­tites’ of­fer to re­ceive the land as a gift. Even­tu­ally he over­paid for the land so there would never be a doubt or a com­plaint that it is Jew­ish-owned ter­ri­tory. Even­tu­ally Abra­ham, his son Isaac and his wife Re­bekah, Ja­cob and one of his wives Leah, and Esau’s head (long story) were also buried in the cave.

He­bron’s been a Jew­ish city since bib­li­cal times for the past 38 cen­turies (with a break from 1929-1967). The Jews had owned that cave and land in the city land un­til they were mas­sa­cred and force out by Arab ter­ror­ists in 1929. For most of that time, the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion most of that time were Jews. From that 1929 mas­sacre un­til the Six-Day-War in 1967, He­bron was a Jew­ish city oc­cu­pied by the Arabs.

He­bron’s Arab oc­cu­pa­tion be­gan on a Fri­day evening in Au­gust 88 years ago when a group of Arab ter­ror­ists mas­sa­cred the Jews of the city while the Bri­tish (who ruled over the Holy Land) knew what was hap­pen­ing but didn’t lift a fin­ger to pre­vent the car­nage.

Sens­ing that ear­lier ri­ots were mov­ing to He­bron, on that Fri­day night, the son of Sephardic Rabbi Ya’acov Slonim’s in­vited any fear­ful Jews to stay in the Rabbi’s house. The Rabbi was highly re­garded in the com­mu­nity, and he had a gun. Many Jews took him up on this of­fer, and most of those Jews were mur­dered in his home

On Satur­day morn­ing, be­fore the slaugh­ter be­gan, all of He­bron’s Rab­bis ap­pealed to the Bri­tish Gover­nor for pro­tec­tion. They re­ceived as­sur­ances of safety. They also turned to the Bri­tish of­fi­cer in charge of the Po­lice who made the same as­sur­ances.’

As early as 8:00 a.m. on Shab­bat Arabs be­gan to gather en masse. They came in mobs, armed with clubs, knives and axes. While their wives and chil­dren threw stones, Arab men ran­sacked Jew­ish houses and de­stroyed Jew­ish prop­erty. With only a sin­gle po­lice of­fi­cer in He­bron and the promised help ab­sent, the Arabs en­tered Jew­ish court­yards with no op­po­si­tion.

Rabbi Slonim, who was shel­ter­ing Jews in his home was ap­proached by the ri­ot­ers and of­fered a deal. If all the Ashke­nazi yeshiva stu­dents were given over to the Arabs, the ri­ot­ers would spare the lives of the Sephardi com­mu­nity. Rabbi Slonim re­fused to turn over the stu­dents and was killed on the spot.

“On hear­ing screams in a room I went up a sort of tun­nel pas­sage and saw an Arab in the act of cut­ting off a child’s head with a sword. He had al­ready hit him and was hav­ing an­other cut, but on see­ing me he tried to aim the stroke at me, but missed; he was prac­ti­cally on the muz­zle of my ri­fle. I shot him low in the groin. Be­hind him was a Jew­ish woman smoth­ered in blood with a man I rec­og­nized as a[n Arab] po­lice con­sta­ble named Issa Sherif from Jaffa in mufti. He was stand­ing over the woman with a dag­ger in his hand. He saw me and bolted into a room close by and tried to shut me out-shout­ing in Ara­bic, ‘Your Honor, I am a po­lice­man.’ … I got into the room and shot him.” (Bernard Wasser­stein, The Bri­tish in Pales­tine: The Manda­tory Gov­ern­ment and the Arab-Jew­ish Con­flict 1917-1929, Ox­ford Eng­land, Basil Black­well, 1991)

“Now let me tell you about the mas­sacre. Right af­ter eight o’clock in the morn­ing we heard screams. Arabs had be­gun break­ing into Jew­ish homes. The screams pierced the heart of the heav­ens. We didn’t know what to do. Our house had two floors. We were down­stairs and a doc­tor lived on the sec­ond floor. We fig­ured that we would be safe in the doc­tor’s apart­ment, but how could we get up there? The stairs were on the out­side of the build­ing, but it wasn’t safe to go out. So we chopped through the ceil­ing and that way we climbed up to the doc­tor’s house. Well, af­ter be­ing there only a lit­tle while, we re­al­ized that we were still in dan­ger be­cause by that time the Arabs had al­most reached our house. They were go­ing from door to door, slaugh­ter­ing ev­ery­one who was in­side. The screams and the moans were ter­ri­ble. Peo­ple were cry­ing

This res­o­lu­tion, like last year’s UNESCO ac­tion re­gard­ing Jerusalem and the Tem­ple Mount has only one pur­pose to dele­git­imize Is­rael by denying the Jew­ish con­nec­tion to the Holy Land.

Help! Help! But what could we do? There were thirty three of us. Soon, soon, all of us would be lost.” (Let­ter From a Sur­vivor of the He­bron mas­sacre).

When the mas­sacre fi­nally ended, the sur­viv­ing Jews re­set­tled in Jerusalem. Some Jew­ish fam­i­lies tried to move back to He­bron, but were re­moved by the Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties in 1936 at the start of the Arab re­volt. In 1948, the War of In­de­pen­dence granted Is­rael state­hood, but fur­ther cut the Jews off from He­bron, as the city was cap­tured and of­fi­cially oc­cu­pied by King Ab­dul­lah’s Arab Le­gion and ul­ti­mately an­nexed to Jor­dan.

Why did the lo­cal Arabs slaugh­ter sixty-five slaugh­tered, and wound fifty-eight wounded, there was no Jew­ish State of Is­rael to hate back then, only Jews….so what is their ex­cuse? Why does the U.N. refuse to rec­og­nize the 38 cen­turies of Jew­ish her­itage in He­bron? For the same rea­son as the 1929 slaugh­ter…the vic­tims are only Jews.

The Me­mo­rial of the Jews of He­bron, as sub­mit­ted to the High Com­mis­sioner of Pales­tine in­cludes these ac­cu­sa­tions:

“The [Bri­tish Manda­tory] Gov­ern­ment, which did not ful­fill its duty and pro­vide pro­tec­tion for its peace­ful and de­fense­less charges.

The Gover­nor, Ab­dul­lah Kar­dos, and the Com­man­der, Caf­fer­ata, who de­prived us of the means of ap­peal­ing for help and de­fense, be­trayed us with empty prom­ises and gave the mur­der­ers and rob­bers their op­por­tu­nity.

The po­lice, which did not ful­fill its duty, and be­haved with con­temptible base­ness.”

On that Sab­bath in 1929 the very first Jew­ish city be­came oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory. And the Jews of Is­rael and world­wide learned that they can­not rely on any­one else for pro­tec­tion. A les­son that was re­in­forced dur­ing the Holo­caust by FDR and Churchill.

Now some 88 years later that me­mo­rial still rings true. The U.N., which was formed in the wake of WWII and the at­tempted Nazi geno­cide of the Jews, now com­mits An­ti­semitism in its own name. Fri­day’s He­bron vote was just an­other ex­am­ple. Their anti-Is­rael res­o­lu­tion is sim­ply An­ti­semitism dressed in nicer cloth­ing.

In re­cent years there have been Jew­ish stab­bing vic­tims, and other Jews crushed by cars and trucks, left bleed­ing in the streets of Is­rael cour­tesy of Pales­tinian ter­ror­ists and just like 1929 He­bron, just like mur­der of six mil­lion Jews in Nazi Ger­many, the world watches and does noth­ing. Even to­day when ter­ror­ists are cap­tured and put in jail, the sup­pos­edly mod­er­ate Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity pays them and/or their fam­ily for mur­der­ous ser­vice. But just as the Bri­tish did in 1929, the U.N., sits back and watches the vi­o­lence, and then en­cour­ages even more with res­o­lu­tions like the UNESCO vote about He­bron, denying cen­turies of Jew­ish her­itage in Eretz Yis­roel.


Jeff Dunetz is the editor/pub­lisher of the blog "The Lid". He is also a con­tribut­ing re­porter to TruthRe­ and MRCTV. org. Jeff is also the po­lit­i­cal colum­nist for The Jew­ish Star, and co-host of the weekly ra­dio show, The Hump Day News Re­port on the 405 Ra­dio Net­work.

Is­rael’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Tzipi Ho­tovely de­scribed the vote as a “badge of shame for UNESCO, which time af­ter time prefers to stand with the side of lies.”

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