Chief French Rabbi Criticizes Paris Over UNESCO Resolution Ignoring Jewish Temple Mount Ties


Haaretz reports:

In an unusual commentary on his country’s foreign policy, the chief rabbi of France spoke out against its vote at the United Nations on a resolution that he said ignored Jewish ties to Jerusalem.

In a statement Thursday, Rabbi Haim Korsia expressed his “strong disapproval” of the April 16 resolution by UNESCO, the Paris-based UN organization dealing with education, culture and heritage, which refers to the Temple Mount area solely as Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al Sharif, except for two references to the Western Wall Plaza that were put in parentheses.

The broad-ranging resolution, which France’s mission to UNESCO supported in a vote, condemns Israeli actions in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip but focuses in large part on Israeli actions with regard to the Temple Mount and Western Wall Plaza.

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