By INO Staff
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold a new vote on a draft resolution that failed to acknowledge a Jewish connection to the Temple Mount because of a request by Mexico that is set to reopen discussions on it.
The committee with meet tonight at 20:00. Discussions on controversial resolution that failed to explicitly acknowledge a Jewish connection with the holy site by referring to it only by its Islamic name will be reopened thanks to change of position by Mexico, but it is expected to pass again regardless.
According to the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, which voted in favor of the contentious resolution, his country has taken issue with a section of the resolution which refers to Jerusalem’s holy sites only by their Islamic names.
Mexico is therefore seeking to withdraw and change its previous vote just one day before the UNESCO executive board was set to close proceedings on the resolution. However, the draft resolution still has a majority and is expected to pass again as it is unlikely there will be a change in other countries’ votes.
On Sunday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon distanced himself from the resolution, coming out against the failure to reference the site using its Jewish epithet.
“The Secretary-General reaffirms the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions and stresses the importance of the religious and historical link of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian peoples to the holy site,” said a statement read by the UN Spokesperson on behalf of Ban.
“The Al Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif, the sacred shrine of Muslims, is also the Har HaBayit—or Temple Mount—whose Western Wall is the holiest place in Judaism, a few steps away from the Saint Sepulcher church and the Mount of Olives, which is revered by Christians,” Ban added.