The offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris are being bombarded with Bibles, following its decision to refer to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem only by its Islamic name, Haram al-Sharif.
According to the BBC, last month, UNESCO adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution which makes no reference to Jewish ties to the Temple Mount , the “holiest” site in Judaism.
This infuriated both Christians and Jews.
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) reacted by appealing to Christians to send Bibles to remind UNESCO officials of Jerusalem’s Christian and Jewish roots.
It says on its website:
We are hoping to inundate UNESCO with tens of thousands of Bibles to drive home the message that Jews and Christians have a much more genuine, historic connection to Jerusalem and the Temple than Muslims.
In fact, the city is never mentioned even once in the Koran, whereas Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are central to nearly every book in the Bible and to the Jewish and Christian faiths.
Christian Today reported this week that “hundreds” of Bibles have already been mailed to UNESCO with references to “Jerusalem” and the “Temple” highlighted in the scripture.
Thousands more are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
Israel immediately suspended its cooperation with UNESCO following the passage of the resolution, which the UN cultural agency said was aimed at:
Safeguarding the cultural heritage of Palestine and the distinctive character of East Jerusalem.
The resolution also criticises Israel’s activities at holy places in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Facebook post that UNESCO had become a “theatre of the absurd” in taking:
Another delusional decision. To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. By this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it had left.
Please join us in demanding that UNESCO abandon, once and for all, these blatant attempts to rewrite history. You will not only be standing with Israel but also defending the Christian sites as well.
ICEJ Executive Director Dr Jürgen Bühler slammed UNESCO’s “flawed” resolution.
Most of us view these diplomats [UNESCO officials] as being principled and well-educated. But apparently, some of them forgot their history lessons, and we are sending them Bibles to refresh their memory.
Even worse, some of these representatives are deliberately trying to erase the Jewish and Christian bonds to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and other revered sites in the land of Israel. Hopefully, our campaign will give our nations’ envoys at UNESCO the courage to stand up to the anti-Semites in their midst.
Bible scholars said Jerusalem is mentioned by name more than 1,000 times in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, while the Temple Mount is likewise mentioned hundreds of times.