Christian supporters of Israel plan to flood UNESCO with bibles
Evangelical group urges members of the faith to ‘refresh diplomats’ memory’ on Judaism and Christianity’s historical ties to Jerusalem
A group of evangelical Christians has called upon members of the faith to mail bibles to the UNESCO leadership in Paris in response to the recent UNESCO resolutions which ignore Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount.
In an appeal on its website, the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem 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 call 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.”
The website provides the address of Michael Worbs, the Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, to which the bibles may be mailed, and recommends that the senders include a letter of disapproval.
The ICEJ, a Christian Zionist organization, was founded by evangelical Christians in 1980 with the stated goal of showing support for the modern state of Israel. According to the group’s website, it represents churches and denominations around the world and has branches in 80 countries.
In a statement released by the organization, ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler said that “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. 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.”
The ICEJ reported that hundreds of bibles have already been mailed and that thousands were on the way.
Worbs himself has apologized for the resolution and sought to delay the vote by member states unsuccessfully. UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova has also voiced opposition to the motion, saying that efforts to deny history and Jerusalem’s complex multi-faith character harm UNESCO.
The ICEJ has become well-known for its annual Feast of Tabernacles which, the organization reports, attracted 8,000 Christians from over 100 nations this year, who marched in in the streets of Jerusalem to show solidarity with Israel.