Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mexico triggers re-vote on contentious UNESCO Jerusalem resolution

A controversial resolution passed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last week denying Jewish connections Jerusalem holy sites is set to be revisited after Mexico announced it was seeking to change its vote.

Mexico was one of 24 UNESCO member states that voted in favor of the contentious resolution, which was put forth by the Palestinians, together with Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, and condemned Israel on several issues related to Jerusalem and its holy sites.

The resolution appeared to challenge Jewish ties to the Temple Mount holy site by using only its Muslim names (Al-Aqsa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif) while failing to mention its Hebrew or English names (Har HaBayit or Temple Mount).

The flashpoint complex is considered Judaism's holiest site, once the site of the first and second Temples, and is the third holiest to the Muslim faith.

But in a surprise move, Mexico announced it had changed its position and was triggering a rarely used clause to force a new general committee debate and re-vote on the resolution, to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The move came just one day before UNESCO's executive board was set to validate all resolutions passed this year in a blanket vote.

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