On 5 December 2016, the General Assembly of ECPM accepted a resolution proposed by the Advisory Council of ECPM rejecting the misrepresentation of Israel by UNESCO. The resolution calls on governments, institutions and leaders around the world to reject UNESCO's recent resolution seeking to deny Jerusalem's Jewish origins and Christian beliefs and heritage, and furthermore the misrepresentation of the Jewish State of Israel as an occupier, duly noting the anti-Semitic nature and effect of the term's improper usage against the State of Israel.
The full text of the resolution is available below this article.
ECPM Resolution Rejecting Unesco’s Misrepresentation of Israel as an Occupier and Affirming its Legal Rights and Historic Connection to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem as its Capital – put forward by the Advisory Council of ECPM
(Accepted during the ECPM General Assembly on 5 December 2016, in Brussels, Belgium)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially passed its resolution on 26 Oct 2016 denying any Jewish connection to Jerusalem and its holy sites, including the Temple Mount. The document demands that Israel cease what it calls the “intentional destruction” of Jerusalem’s holy sites, referring to these solely by their Islamic names.
The UNESCO’s resolution is based on misinterpretation, as if Israel were an occupier and the land belonged to the Arabs. The resolution ignores vast number of well documented facts that the nation of Israel has been connected to the land over 3.5 thousand years. Jerusalem became the capital of Israel over 3000 years ago for a thousand years and no other occupying country has made it its capital during the past 2000 years. Israel’s connection to the land is documented in all the different books of the Bible, Old and New Testament, many non-Biblical writings and other archaeological tangible material that all prove the writings.
Based on the Jewish connection to the land all the major world powers agreed to encourage and help the Jewish people to resettle in its historic homeland and re-establish an independent Jewish state, starting the process a century ago. Several documents have been issued for making it happen. The UK issued the Balfour Declaration on Nov 2, 1917. The League of Nations issued the San Remo Resolution on Apr 25, 1920 and the Article 22 of the Covenant, the Mandate for Palestine, modified by 1922 Demarcation Agreement. The US – UK Treaty was signed in 1924.
The UN Resolution 181 in 1947 gave Israel green light for re-establishing its contemporary State of Israel that was finally realized in 1948. Although it suggested to divide Judea and Samaria, unlike the former agreements, the question of Jerusalem was left open in the resolution. Jerusalem has been reunited with Israel since 1967. After several wars of self-defence Israel is still willing to negotiate the status of Judea and Samaria. Jerusalem remains annexed according to the decision by the Knesset. Gaza has been given away, and unfortunately taken over by a terrorist group Hamas.
Taking into consideration all the reasons above, we support the Jewish State of Israel in asserting its legal rights to sovereignty and self-defence upon the entirety of its lands and territories, including Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
We call upon governments, institutions and leaders around the world, as a matter of official policy, to reject UNESCO’s recent resolution seeking to deny Jerusalem’s Jewish origins and Christian beliefs and heritage, and furthermore the misrepresentation of the Jewish State of Israel as an occupier, duly noting the anti-Semitic nature and effect of the term’s improper usage against the State of Israel.