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119 Czech MPs slam UNESCO Jerusalem resolution

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

The Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem, as seen from the Israeli Air Force's annual fly-by on Independence Day, May 12, 2016. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
The Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem, as seen from the Israeli Air Force’s annual fly-by on Independence Day, May 12, 2016. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
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