Friday, May 06, 2016

Jewish-temple denial worse than Holocaust denial?

TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: 'UNESCO Temple Mount denial is worse than Holocaust denial.' Pro-Israel Christian groups head to UN to condemn UNESCO's resolution denying Jewish connection to Temple Mount (Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva).
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, Special UN Envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC) and President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN), is to take part in UN meetings where she will condemn UNESCO's shocking resolution last month, which recognized the Mount only as Al-Aqsa Mosque.


"Denying the Jewish people's connection to the Temple Mount is tantamount to denying the existence of the Jewish people and is therefore even more grave than Holocaust denial."
I commend Ms. Cardoza-Moore and her organization for condemning UNESCO's deceptive presentation of the historical situation, but at the same time I don't find this kind of inflated rhetoric very helpful.

First, as far as I can tell (I have not been able to find the full text) the UNESCO resolution attempted to evade the Jewish connection with the Temple Mount and hinted at doubts about it, but it did not explicitly deny it. Often enough people do deny it, and I put a lot of effort into calling them on it, but let us be precise in our criticisms. I have criticized UNESCO on those terms. If someone wants to send me the complete resolution and show me that it was otherwise, please do so.

Second, I leave it to others to debate, if they must, whether Temple denial or Holocaust denial is "more grave." Both are blatant and shameless lies — denials of throughly documented historical facts for detestable political reasons — and both need to be called out and condemned.

Background on the UNESCO resolution is here and links.