Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Condemns UNESCO World Heritage Committee Panel’s Resolution on Jerusalem

Fall 2016

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) condemns the passage of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee panel’s resolution regarding Jerusalem.

JWV is horrified by the resolution’s exclusive use of Arabic nomenclature in describing Jerusalem’s holy sites such as the Temple Mount, to which Jews indisputably have deep historical, cultural, and religious ties. Any attempt to promote another agenda is a blatant attempt to rewrite history.

Additionally, we find this resolution to be inherently counterproductive to promoting the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Jews, and Christians within the Old City. Likewise, JWV is appalled that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has become a mouthpiece for historical and cultural revisionism by Arab nations seeking to delegitimize Israel’s connections to Jerusalem and promote international anti-Semitism.

We strongly support the statement made by the U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO which denounced the resolution as “inflammatory,” but we are unsatisfied with current efforts to confront this challenge.

JWV’s National Commander, COL Carl. A. Singer, strongly believes that this resolution “robs both Christians and Jews of their rightful heritage, which predates Islam by many centuries.” Furthermore, COL Singer “requests that President Obama step forward to condemn this resolution and promote the peaceful right to worship of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Old City.”

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

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