TEL AVIV – Christians all over the world have been called upon by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem to mail bibles to the UNESCO leadership in Paris in response to recent UNESCO resolutions erasing Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount.
In an appeal on its website, the Embassy asked “Christians all over the globe to take a Bible, use a highlighter and mark some of the many passages where it speaks of ‘Jerusalem’ and the ‘Temple,’ and then mail it to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.”
The appeal also states, “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.”
“Most of us view these diplomats 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,” ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler said in a statement.
“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,” he added.
The website says that the bibles may be mailed to Michael Worbs, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, and his address is provided.
The appeal also recommends that Christians include a letter of disapproval.
The ICEJ is a Christian Zionist organization founded by evangelical Christians in 1980 that represents churches and denominations around the world and has embassies in 70 countries. Its stated mission is to support the modern state of Israel.
According to the ICEJ, hundreds of bibles have already been mailed and thousands more on the way.
Worbs himself issued an apology over the resolution and tried – and failed – to delay the vote.
UNESCO chief Irina Bokova also came out against the motion, saying that to “deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site.”
The ICEJ organizes an annual Feast of Tabernacles which this year gathered some 8,000 Christians from over 100 nations to march in in the streets of Jerusalem in a show of solidarity with Israel.