UNESCO last August planned to vote on the historical status of
Jerusalem's Temple Mount and its associated Western Wall. Back then, this author
stated that UNESCO's plan was to deny any Jewish link to this most
central of all Jewish holy sites, to trash a history going back thousands of
years, and to claim the Mount and the Wall as Islamic sites.
Islam believes that it is eternal and had therefore preceded the
other two great monotheisms, Judaism and Christianity, even though it was only
to become visible to the world through Mohammad in the seventh century AD, but
entitled to elbow out the two older religions.
Lies by UNESCO to rewrite history, erasing all traces of Judaism
and Christianity to favour a jihadist Islamic fancy, were already under way in
2015. UNESCO fraudulently renamed two ancient Biblical Jewish sites,
Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs -- abracadabra -- Islamic sites.
Historically, Islam did not even exist until the
This is the history of Islam, how it takes over -- with both hard
jihad (violence) and soft jihad (usurping history, migration [hijrah],
political and cultural infiltration), and intimidation (soft jihad with the
threat of hard jihad underneath it). What is even more saddening is that often,
as with this vote, it is done with the West's cooperation and voluntary
The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is now, according to this
deeply compromised body, supposedly the "Ibrahimi Mosque," and
Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem is supposedly the "Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque,"
even though it never could have been a mosque. As the saying goes,
"calling a cat a pig does not make it one."
Now a new lie has been given the sanction of the world's largest
and most unaccountable body, whose reason for being is to preserve significant
sites, not to bowdlerize them.
On October 13, the news was broadcast that UNESCO had passed a majority vote
endorsing this rape of archaeological and Biblical history. On the following
Tuesday, the resolution was endorsed by the body's executive board. If your
majority, however, consists of members of the Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (the OIC, a bloc consisting of 56 Islamic states plus
"Palestine", and possibly the largest bloc at the UN), a fraudulent
result such as this should probably not come as a surprise.
An earlier delay and the opposition of UNESCO's chief, Irina Bokova,
had raised hopes that this act of jihadist, barbaric, unjust, and, frankly,
arrogant supremacism might be voted down. It was not. Following the vote, Bokova issued a powerful statement condemning it, saying, among
"The heritage of Jerusalem is indivisible, and each of its
communities has a right to the explicit recognition of their history and
relationship with the city. To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish,
Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, and runs
counter to the reasons that justified its inscription on the UNESCO World
"Nowhere more than in Jerusalem do Jewish, Christian and
Muslim heritage and traditions share space and interweave to the point that they
support each other. These cultural and spiritual traditions build on texts and
references, known by all, that are an intrinsic part of the identities and
history of peoples."
Now the Christian and Jewish worlds will have to deal with the
resolution's ramifications, the first of which is that all democracies would be
wise immediately to abandon the United Nations, or at the very least to stop
funding it, before further harm comes to them too, as it surely promises to do.
The resolution was first proposed to UNESCO by seven Muslim states
(Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan on behalf of the
Palestinian Authority -- all OIC groupies -- in October 2015. Any reputable body
empowered to protect ancient religious sites would have rejected it out of hand
and given those responsible a dusty answer.
UNESCO's parent body, the United Nations, has over many years
increasingly shown itself as untransparent, unaccountable and thoroughly
disreputable -- from its $100 billion, never-prosecuted, oil-for-food embezzlement scandal exposed in 2004, to "Peacekeepers" who demand sex from children in
exchange for food; to its incessant, fabricated persecution of one member state, Israel, while giving
unlimited passes to the most ostentatious violators of human rights in other
Before the UN, with its authoritarian, anti-democratic voting
blocs, finishes eradicating Western, Judeo-Christian civilization, as it is
clearly trying to do, it is high time for Western democracies to run, not walk,
Of UNESCO's 195 member states, 35 are fully Islamic nations,
another 21 are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and four are
OIC observer states. That makes 60 who represent a bloc favourable to
Muslim-inspired resolutions, yet UNESCO's Board consists of only 58 members.
That board approved Resolution 19 with 33 votes in favour, six against and 17
abstentions. Ghana and Turkmenistan were absent altogether. Only six countries
voted against the resolution -- the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands,
Lithuania and Estonia. Revealingly, France, Spain, Sweden, Russia and Slovenia
were among those who supported it. It is not hard to identify the source of the
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the move as another "absurd" UN
"UNESCO ignores the unique Jewish connection to the Temple
Mount, the site of two temples for 1,000 years, and the place to which Jews
prayed for thousands of years... The UN is rewriting a basic part of human
history and proving that there is no low to which it will not reach."
Jewish patience in the Holy Land is being tested to the limit.
UNESCO's vote is just the latest example of Muslim supremacism as
expressed in the demolition, re-definition, or outright expropriation of the
places of worship, shrines, and other buildings linked to other faiths --
invariably faiths that have long preceded Islam itself, including Hinduism and
Buddhism, as well as Judaism and Christianity. The process began in the year
630, two years before the prophet Muhammad's death, when his forces conquered
his hometown of Mecca. During a brief stay there, before returning to Medina, he
ordered all of the 360 idols in the Ka'aba, and all those in private
homes, to be destroyed. The Ka'aba itself, long a centre of
pagan worship, was transformed overnight into the most important building of the
Islamic faith, the Qibla or the spot towards which Muslims
still turn in prayer five times a day. It sits at the heart of the Masjid
al-Haram, the most important mosque in the Muslim world.
Early Muslims did more than expropriate the building for their own
purposes. They created a legend to justify their possession of the site.
But the Qur'an and subsequent Muslim tradition are not content to
re-establish history, bringing Abraham out of the Land of Canaan as far down as
the Arabian Peninsula. They transform Abraham himself. According to the Qur'an
(3:67): "Abraham was neither a Jew (yahudian) nor a Christian (nasranian),
but was rather a pure worshipper of God (hanifan), a Muslim...."
This forms part of a broader enterprise. In Islamic doctrine, all
true, monotheist religion has, from the beginning, been only Islam. Thus, Adam
was the first Muslim and the first prophet. Abraham was a Muslim and a prophet.
Moses was a Muslim and a prophet. Noah was a Muslim and a prophet. Jesus was a
Muslim and a prophet. In the beginning, everyone was a Muslim and all land
belonged to Islam. In the Qur'an, we read:
"Say, 'We believe in God, and in that which was sent down to
us, and in that which was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the
Tribes, and in what Moses and Jesus were given, and in what the prophets were
given form their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him
That last phrase reads nahnu lahu muslimun. It can be
read generically, meaning "those who submit themselves to God"; or
specifically to mean "We are Muslims."
The belief that all true religions involve submission to God and
that, in this sense, all true religion may be defined as "Islam"
(literally "submission"), may be taken as a unifying, comprehensive
declaration of a universal truth, without prejudice to anyone except
"idolaters" such as Hindus and Buddhists.
But this generalization was soon forgotten when Muslims found
themselves in competition with the followers of other faiths: Jews in Medina,
Christians throughout the Byzantine empire, or Zoroastrians in Iran. Muhammad
had originally preached his religion as one in harmony with the views of the
"People of the Book," the Jews and Christians who had been sent their
own scriptures by God. But not long after his taking control of Medina, he
turned on the city's three important Jewish tribes, expelling two, then
attacking the third, the Banu Qurayza, beheading all the men and teenage males
and taking the women and children as slaves. From here on, the Qur'an is rife
with condemnations of the Jews as a people and of Christians as corrupters of
scripture: "O believers, do not take Jews and Christians as your
friends" (Qur'an 5:51)
Once Muslim armies went out to conquer Persia, Turkey, Greece, the
Levant, all of North Africa, the Balkans, Hungary, Poland and then conquered
Portugal, Andalusia in Southern Spain and other Christian territories, all sense
of an identity with the People of the Book as, in a sense, fellow Muslims, went
out the window, to be replaced by a sense of them as dhimmi or
subjected people, the preservation of whose lives and property were contingent
on the payment of a protection tax (the jizya) and on agreeing to
live as humiliated denizens under special laws of subjugation in lands ruled by
One consequence of this unequal relationship were countless rules,
including special, marked clothing that predated the compulsory yellow Star of
David that Jews were forced to wear during Hitler's Third Reich, and that
churches and synagogues could not be founded, repaired, rebuilt or given
prominence in competition with mosques; and there could be no audible summons to
Jewish or Christian prayers.
More than that, the occupation and transformation of lands of
earlier religions -- Persia, Turkey, Greece, all of North Africa and much of
Eastern Europe -- proceeded apace during unstoppable Islamic conquests. In
Jerusalem, two structures were erected on the Temple Mount (giving rise to the
claim for UNESCO's recognition): the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Masjid al-Aqsa,
"the Farthest Mosque", although no one has a clue where that might
have been; very possibly in Arabia) and the Qubbat al-Sakhra, or
Dome of the Rock, constructed on the alleged site of Abraham's aborted
sacrifice, no longer of Isaac but now Ishmael, the progenitor of the Arabs. Both
were built within the first century of Islam.
There is no need here to list all the churches converted to mosques
during succeeding centuries. Most notable are the Hagia Sophia churches of the
Christian Byzantine empire in Constantinople, Eregli, Nicaea, and Trebizond,
refashioned as mosques after the Ottoman conquest of 1453.
Today, the Islamic State has destroyed or converted churches, shrines, and other
monuments (including Muslim sites) in Iraq and Syria.
Similar devastation took place under the various Islamic states in
India, with something like 2000 Hindu temples destroyed to make way for mosques
and other Muslim structures, while a similar fate befell others.
This extraordinary level of fanaticism is not unique to Islam (one
only has to think of Oliver Cromwell and his puritans in England), but it has
been far more extensive and has continued for many more centuries.
It is a totalitarian puritanism. Today's resolution against the
Jewish faith must be put in this context.
Today, the Mecca and Medina of the first and second centuries of
the Islamic faith have been all but wrecked, not by the Islamic State or any
other radical entity, but by the Wahhabi Saudi government. In the past two
decades, major historical sites in Mecca and Medina, all related to the lifetime
of the Islamic Prophet Mohammad and shortly after, have been destroyed or
disfigured to the point where neither city is recognizable save for the Ka'ba and
the Grand Mosque in Mecca, and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. And the two major
mosques are themselves much expanded modern constructions.
UNESCO has put Jewish sites with Muslim names into Muslim hands, in
the heart of Israel's capital, to try slowly to destroy the Jewish state. UNESCO
is not fooling anyone.
It may not be long before Christian holy places and churches in
Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth will also be handed over on a plate to placate
the forces of Islam, fearful of what they may do not just in the Middle East,
but in Europe, North America and Europe, happy to have someone finally try to
eliminate those supposedly pesky Jews. All Judeo-Christian countries would be
wise to pull out of the UN, or at least cease funding it -- before it is too
late for them, too.