Following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the U.N.’s educational, scientific, and cultural body (UNESCO) over it’s anti-Israel bias, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced a resolution that “recognizes and affirms the historical connection of the Jewish people to the ancient and sacred city of Jerusalem.”
The resolution states that “for over 3,000 years, Jerusalem has played a central role in the history and identity of the Jewish people” and notes that “Jerusalem is the location of the holiest site for the Jewish people, the Temple Mount, as well as the Western Wall, where Jews from across the world come to pray.”
It also notes that UNESCO “has passed a series of anti-Israel resolutions in recent years regarding Jerusalem” and points out that “these biased resolutions are attempts to erase or minimize the Jewish as well as Christian historical and religious ties to Jerusalem, and unjustly single out our close ally Israel with false accusations and criticism.”
“The Jewish people, and the people of Israel, have a deep and ancient connection to the holy city of Jerusalem,” Gaetz told the Times of Israel. “Yet the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization … is actively trying to rewrite history.”
Cruz reportedly said, “The Trump administration has demonstrated strong moral clarity in deciding to withdraw and continuing to withhold US taxpayer dollars from UNESCO as a result of its relentless hostility towards our close ally Israel.”
UNESCO has a long history of denying the Jewish link to Jerusalem, including its false declaration that the Tomb of the Patriarchs – considered Judaism’s second holiest site after the Temple Mount – a Palestinian world heritage site. In May, UNESCO passed a resolution denying Israeli ties to Jerusalem.
The United States’s withdrawal from UNESCO will take place December 31, 2018.