Lawmakers in the Czech Parliament’s lower house condemn this week’s resolution by UNESCO that ignores the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.
In a Wednesday vote, 119 of the 149 lawmakers present approve a strongly worded protest against the step, saying the resolution denies historic links between the Jews and their holy sites, discredits UNESCO and fuels anti-Semitism.
“Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic rejects this resolution, which carries the spirit of hateful anti-Israel, while also ignores not only Jewish but also Christian ties to the holy sites in Jerusalem,” it says.
“The formulations are inconsistent with the mírotvornému [peacemaking] neutral character of the United Nations, UNESCO, discredit and ultimately strengthen the international anti-Semitic tendencies.”
The Czech Republic is one of Israel’s closest allies in the European Union.
— AP, Times of Israel staff