Every religion knows its holy sites. And the world typically appreciates those facts as well.
Muslims do not call mosques “Islamic Mosques” because to do so would be redundant. The Vatican does not refer to the “Catholic” St. Peter’s Basilica, because everyone knows that it is a Catholic holy site.
Not only would clearly identifying the sites be redundant, it would be superfluous since those religions have complete control over the sites. No other religion is marching on Mecca to claim the Kaaba Stone, or the Vatican to claim a cross.
But Jews in Israel do not have such luxuries.
The Jewish Temple Mount
The United Nations has a long and inglorious history of trashing Israel. It has not simply rebuked the country for military matters, but for religious ones as well. As detailed in “The United Nations and Holy Sites in the Holy Land,” for years the UN has undermined various Jewish holy sites, including: the Temple Mount; Tomb of the Patriarchs; Tomb of Rachel; Joseph’s Tomb; and even the Hurva Synagogue.
In September 2015, the UN Security Council advanced an effort to completely distance Judaism from its holiest spot: The Temple Mount. As described in “The UN’s Disinterest in Jewish Rights at Jewish Holy Places,” the UNSC followed the recommendation of acting-President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in several respects: solely using the Islamic name for the Temple Mount; only voicing concern for Muslim worshippers, not Jewish ones; mentioning the special role of Jordan at the site, but not Israel; and ignoring the calls of incitement to terrorism by Abbas.
A year later, UNESCO followed the lead.
On October 13, 2016, UNESCO approved a draft resolution which removed any mention of the Jewish names for its holiest site. Throughout the resolution, the UN only used Islamic names for the site, and ignored all of the points mentioned above.
This resolution was put forth to undermine Judaism’s ties to the Temple Mount, and Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem. The move by UNESCO was an effort to give the Jordanian Waqf full control of the Jewish Temple Mount, and to ultimately hand the Old City of Jerusalem to become a capital of a future state of Palestine.
The Cave of the Jewish Patriarchs
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron is the burial site of almost all of the founding fathers and mothers of Judaism, including: Abraham; Isaac; Jacob; Sarah; Rebecca; and Leah. Abraham was also the father of Ishmael, whose descendants are Arabs (most of whom are Muslims), so the site is revered by Arabs as well.
But the tomb is clearly the location of the JEWISH Patriarchs and Matriarchs.
For centuries the Ottoman Muslims forbade Jews from entering the Jewish holy site, and it was only after Israel took control of the city in 1967, did Jews again pray at their holy site. Israel also permitted Muslims to continue to pray there, just as it did at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Abbas has voiced his displeasure with the Jews in Hebron and wants them all expelled.
As the world seeks to expel Jews from their holy land and now seeks to deny the basic history of Jews at their holiest sites, it is time for Israel to clearly label the fabric that is Judaism. All maps, all signs, all press releases, and every piece of material regarding the holy sites should henceforth always include “Jewish” in the names.
Regrettably, Jews do not have the luxury of not being redundant and superfluous.
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