The UN’s cultural arm UNESCO has passed a resolution that challenges Jewish and Christian historical ties to the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Twenty-four countries voted in favor, six against and 26 abstained from the vote, according to reports in Israeli media.
The resolution, postponed from July’s meeting of the board in Istanbul, refers to the Temple Mount only by its Muslim names, which critics say is tantamount to ignoring the Jewish link to the site, considered the holiest spot in Judaism.
It also deplores and condemns several Israeli actions on the site.
The statement “Strongly condemns the escalating Israeli aggressions and illegal measures against the Awqaf Department and its personnel, and against the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to their Holy Site Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif.”
However, it recognizes “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions.”