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Palestine’s UNESCO bid to come up Monday (amid Simon Wiesenthal Center hypocrisy)

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It looks like the vote on Palestine’s bid for membership in UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, will be on Monday:

The Palestinians will need to win over two-thirds of UNESCO’s 193 members on Monday to get full membership.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization, is petitioning to block the Palestinians. It offers this piece of hysteria about “Palestine”:

Should ‘Palestine’ become a UNESCO member, it will surely seek to leverage its membership to gain international support to erase the history of the Jewish people in Eretz Israel and seek to have holy sites, like the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Joseph’s tomb in Nablus, Rachel’s tomb in Bethlehem, and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, declared as wholly Palestinian heritage sites.

That’s rich. Or as they say in middle school, he who smelt it dealt it; Science Magazine has published a sharp critique of Simon Wiesenthal’s efforts to erase Muslim history in Jerusalem through the construction of the Museum of Tolerance on the Mamilla Cemetery, destroying a cemetery with remains going back to Salah-ad-din’s time. Here’s the link and promo:

In science news around the world this week, the Museum of Tolerance is under fire for intolerance…

The article itself quotes a letter by 84 respected archaeologists speaking out against the Wiesenthal’s grave-disturbing methods. And the Wiesenthal Center refused to comment.

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  1. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther
    October 28, 2011, 11:21 am

    He who made the rhyme did the crime

    • jewishgoyim
      jewishgoyim
      October 28, 2011, 10:01 pm

      Yes. Ditto for “delegitimization”. Israelis are always whining that people are trying to “deligitimize” them. It always rung kind of hollow to my ears and over the top as very, very few people are attempting or have the power to deligitimize Israel in any meaningful way.

      On the other hand that is precisely the treatment that has been applied to Hamas. Because Israel had the muscle to make them absolute pariahs and almost akin to Al Qaeda in the Western worldview. So I think this propaganda about Israel being on the verge of being “deligitimized” is just a projection of something the Israelis are doing to Hamas with great success on the Palestinians who are miles away from being able to pull up such a trick against Israel. Exactly like whining that Unesco membership will allow the Palestinians hypothetically to do things that Israelis are actually doing at this very moment.

  2. talknic
    talknic
    October 28, 2011, 11:41 am

    The Wiesenthal Center organization is a part of the problem. So too anyone who does not advocate the law being upheld. Under the law, Israeli Civil Law has no jurisdiction in territory outside of Israel’s legal sovereign extent, (within the borders of UNGA res 181).

    Their denial and refusal to acknowledge Israel’s de jure Sovereignty is purposeful & deceitful and amounts to aiding and abetting a criminal enterprise.

  3. kursato
    kursato
    October 28, 2011, 11:43 am

    When will the bid for statehood reach the security council?

    • Real Jew
      Real Jew
      October 28, 2011, 7:00 pm

      At this point its unknown. It could be delayed for several weeks or months even. Or until the us and Israel have concluded their intimidation and blackmail offensive to ensure the it doesn’t get passed

      • jewishgoyim
        jewishgoyim
        October 28, 2011, 10:08 pm

        Ok so how does the change in the composition of the security council that is coming up on January 1st impact this? If the “next council” is going to be friendlier to Israel, then trying to linger on until January seems to be the way to go for those defending Israeli interests. Is it the case?

  4. James
    James
    October 28, 2011, 11:46 am

    museum of tolerance…

    that is a bad joke testimony to the level of intolerance demonstrated by these same zealots..

  5. chet
    chet
    October 28, 2011, 12:03 pm

    The depths of hypocrisy and mendacity to which these pro-Zionist organizations will engage in appears to be boundless.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      October 28, 2011, 12:22 pm

      …and it is so respectful to everyone who died in the Shoah . Never mind, they died so that a Jewish state could be run by hoodlums.

      • Charon
        Charon
        October 28, 2011, 4:06 pm

        They have courses on the Shoah in Israel. What are they learning from it? Never again at the expense of everyone else? Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini gave his best bud Adolph extermination advice?

        The oppressed have become the oppressor. They are obviously learning nothing from studying it.

  6. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    October 28, 2011, 12:06 pm

    If I were a praying man, I’d pray for UNESCO to OK Palestinian membership and thereby — not wholly incidentally and not wholly unimportantly — sending a signal (as they say) to the slowly withering Big Troglodyte (USA)

  7. American
    American
    October 28, 2011, 12:16 pm

    ” to erase the history of the Jewish people in Eretz Israel and seek to have..” While….”destroying a (Muslim) cemetery with remains going back to Salah-ad-din’s time.”

    The only way you can explain Israel and zionist is :…

    “Bear in mind that the combination of consistently bad or egregiously inadequate behavior with frequent plays for your pity is as close to a warning mark on a psychopath’s forehead as you will ever be given.”
    The Psychopath Next Door, ..Stout, Harvard

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      October 28, 2011, 12:56 pm

      Judaica Webstore gives the lie to the Jewish homeland BS in its weekly buy this email .

      Star of David Hanukkah Menorah. Replica. Central Europe. Early 20th century

      Plate for Bread, Meat & Fish. Glazed Ceramic. Russia, 19th century

      Embroidered Silk Wall Hanging. Priestly Blessing (Bordeaux & Gold). Adaptation of 18th Century Italian Amulet
      Retail Price: $24.95

      Can we have some honesty? “We just chose Palestine because we knew we could defeat the natives and it was easier than asking the Germans for land.”

      Israel isn’t the homeland of the Jewish people. If it had been, gosh, they would have lived there. Where does all of this Italian and Russian Jewish stuff come from?were they incredibly productive on holiday?

      and the nonsense continues

      Israel Army T-Shirt. Merkava Mark IV Tank. Variety of Colors
      Retail Price: $24.00

  8. Chu
    Chu
    October 28, 2011, 12:22 pm

    This will be a particularly awful political move and will show what a pathetic Zionist-occupied government the United States is,
    if it vetoes and then cuts funding to UNESCO.
    Our priorities are so screwed towing the line for the Israeli firsters
    in the US. I don’t get why the toadies in the US Congress do not do anything to voice their displeasure at such a stupid political move.

  9. October 28, 2011, 12:31 pm

    They should name this musem, the Museum of Zionistic Intolerance.
    It would be a more appropriate name.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      October 28, 2011, 4:24 pm

      Yad Vashem the Shoah museum in West Jerusalem (why isn’t it in Europe? What shoah happened in West Jerusalem?) has an “avenue of the righteous gentiles”. The Wiesenthal center is full of self righteous Zionists.

    • lyn117
      lyn117
      October 28, 2011, 5:55 pm

      Museum of Intolerance is what they call it here in LA

  10. piotr
    piotr
    October 28, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I think that “Eretz Israel” is not a consensus historical term but a Zionist, or even extreme Zionist shiboleth. Plus, a weird hypothetical is preceded with the word “surely”.

    • Charon
      Charon
      October 28, 2011, 4:21 pm

      That’s how these Zionists write. Draw a conclusion based on a hypothetical interpretation. Example – non violent WB protests will turn violent, therefore the IDF will use violence. That and they ask rhetorical questions (not in this case though). People who don’t think for themselves are easily persuaded by rhetorical questions, adjectives, conclusions based on hypothetical scenarios which call for preemptive action. Bring up things that pull on people’s heart strings like that entire quoted paragraph is trying to do. Surprised it doesn’t mention an Israeli ‘terror’ victim like they do to sue activists.

      The Zionists invented a lot of formerly non-existent history and neo-Hebrew terms in Palestine. Zionists are Europeans with zero knowledge of the land’s history so they had to make it up. People like Witty would get emotional about it, but the truth is Zionism has destroyed much of what was once Judaism.

  11. mig
    mig
    October 28, 2011, 12:46 pm

    LA Times :

    Israeli museum not so tolerant, group of archaeologists say

    REPORTING FROM JERUSALEM — A group of prominent international archaeologists are among the latest people to publicly denounce plans to build a museum on the site of a centuries-old Muslim cemetery not far from Jerusalem’s historic Old City.

    In a letter addressed to the board of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, the mayor of Jerusalem and the director of the Israel Antiquities Authority, all of whom are backing the controversial project, 84 archeologists argued that construction of the museum would desecrate the sanctity of the site, known to be the location of the Mamilla Cemetery, or Ma’man Allah, the sanctuary of God.

    The site is “one of the most historically renowned and ancient Muslim cemeteries in the world,” said the group, which includes American, European, Arab and Israeli architects. “Such insensitivity towards religious rites, towards cultural, national and religious patrimony, and towards families whose ancestors lay buried there causes grave concern from a scientific and humanitarian standpoint.”

    The project is slated for 33 acres of land in the heart of Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Municipality gave the property to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    However, the project has been dogged by lawsuits filed by opponents who say not only would it defile a sacred site, but it’s also too large. Differences over architectural design and a turnover of architects have also slowed the project’s launch.

    The archaeologists contend that such treatment of the burial site would not have occurred if were a Jewish burial site, and they quoted an Israeli official from the Ministry of Religious Affairs as saying that excavations would immediately stop “if one Jewish skeleton were found.”

    But the Wiesenthal Center has defeated legal challenges in Israeli courts and has vowed to press ahead with the museum.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/10/israels-museum-of-tolerance-not-so-tolerant-say-archeologists.html

    Letter :

    http://ccrjustice.org/files/mamilla_letter.pdf

    • Chu
      Chu
      October 28, 2011, 1:48 pm

      Erasing this graveyard is such a tragic mistake for Israel and it really goes to great lengths to brand Jews (whether the whole group likes it or not) as evil perpetrators.
      When people do things so wicked in nature, rumors like blood libel are spread and many assume they’re not far from killing children for matza.
      I don’t think they have any idea of how ugly this will be perceived in decades to come.

    • Taxi
      Taxi
      October 28, 2011, 7:52 pm

      “excavations would immediately stop “if one Jewish skeleton were found.””

      How can one tell if a skull is “jewish”? Really, how can one?

  12. William Burns
    William Burns
    October 28, 2011, 1:04 pm

    I didn’t realize the Church of the Nativity was that essential to the history of the Jewish people.

    • Charon
      Charon
      October 28, 2011, 4:24 pm

      Perhaps the Zionists want to Ziotize it. Give it a Hebrew name and make up a false history about it like they did with everything else.

    • Avi_G.
      Avi_G.
      October 28, 2011, 7:48 pm

      I didn’t realize the Church of the Nativity was that essential to the history of the Jewish people.

      Now it is, because it’s in the old city which is located in occupied East Jerusalem.

  13. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    October 28, 2011, 3:53 pm

    So absurd! A center named after a man who was so committed/obsessed with accountability for crimes against humanity trying to block this humanitarian effort. Sad.

  14. yourstruly
    yourstruly
    October 28, 2011, 9:36 pm

    not so long ago there was a huge international ruckus over the placement of the “pope’s cross” near the auschwitz concentration camp, followed over the years by the placement of numerous other crosses at the same site. jewish groups protested, saying that most of those killed at auschwitz were jews. catholoic spokespersons said that many people killed at the camp were catholics. the conflict raged at various levels, government, courts, religious bodies. until, in may’99 it was finally resolved, with all the crosses removed except the “pope’s cross.” are we to believe that somehow the placement of a cross near a polish concentration camp represents some sort of desecration, whereas, the digging up of a sacred islamic graveyard in order to make way for another of these museums of tolerance, that’s ok? double standard, anyone?

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