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Opposition chief says UNESCO pushing ‘blood libels’

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog from the Zionist Union says UNESCO is “spreading blood libels,” comparing resolutions by the UN cultural arm to anti-Semitic canards used to persecute Jews in the Middle Ages.

“UNESCO is promulgating blood libels and the fate of libels is to be vanquished,” he writes on Facebook after the UN cultural body passed a second resolution in as many weeks denying a Jewish connection to Jerusalem holy sites.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog chairs a meeting of his Zionist Union faction in the Knesset on August 1, 2016. (Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog chairs a meeting of his Zionist Union faction in the Knesset on August 1, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The move has drawn sharp Israeli anger, with Netanyahu recalling the country’s envoy to Jerusalem for “consultations.”

“Since the dawn of its founding, Israel has striven to safeguard the holy sites of all the religions,” Herzog writes.

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