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SWC Denounces UNESCO vote admitting 'Palestine' as member

 

 October 31, 2011                        

            SWC Denounces UNESCO Vote Admitting 'Palestine' as Member

'Political manouver damages UNESCO's credibility, prospects for Mideast Peace and positions Palestinians to demand international backing for their control of Religious and Historic Sites

Paris - The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced today's vote at UNESCO admitting 'Palestine' as a full member as a political manouver that damages UNESCO's credibility and prospects for Middle East Peace and is part of the Palestinians' campaign to avoid direct negotiations with the Israelis.

Additionally, the Palestinians  will now move to have UNESCO declare them as the sole caretakers of key religious sites, holy to Christians and Jews. Considering their failure to protect  the Tomb of Joseph from vandalism and their refusal for full access to Jewish pilgrims is proof enough of their long range plans should they control other historic and religious sites in the Holy Land.

Everyone who cares about the protection of history in the Holy Land should be deeply worried, since Palestinian leadership dating back to Yasser Arafat have serially denied the  historic links of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.

Just last month at the UN General Assembly, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said he came from the Holy Land, referencing the Prophet Mohammed and Jesus but not King David or the Prophet Isaiah.

  

Wiesenthal Center Shocked at Argentine Vote on Palestinian Membership at UNESCO

Buenos Aires, October 31, 2011

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed shock at Argentina’s vote today at the UNESCO General Conferece, which recognized Palestine as a member state, thereby usurping the ongoing procedures at the UN Security Council and the calls for direct bilateral negotiations by the Quartet.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Wiesenthal Center and Chief Delegate to UNESCO, stated that “the Palestine Authority today took a further step in avoidance diplomacy – first they went to the UN Security Council in New York to avoid peace negotiations with Israel, now they have seized UNESCO membership in Paris to avoid being rebuffed in New York”.

Sergio Widder, Director for Latin America, added that “this is a reward for those who reject direct negotiations. There is no incentive for the Palestinians: they receive a prize not for promoting but for avoiding dialogue with Israel”.

The Center stressed that Palestinians are now committed to identity theft by listing Christian and Jewish holy sites as their heritage, such as 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.

 “The recent desecration of Joseph’s Tomb, daubed with swastika graffiti, demonstrates that the Palestinians are either unable or unwilling to protect such sites. We hope that Argentina and other Latin American and Caribbean countries which voted in favor of Palestinian UNESCO membership will instruct their delegates to act in the spirit of promoting bilateral dialogue instead of boycotting direct negotiations”, Samuels and Widder concluded.

For further information contact Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158, or Sergio Widder at +54911 4425-1306.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400.000 members. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS and the Latin American Parliament.

 

El Centro Wiesenthal consternado por el voto de Argentina sobre el status palestino en UNESCO

Buenos Aires, 31 de octubre de 2011

El Centro Simon Wiesenthal expresó su consternación ante el voto de Argentina durante la sesión del día de la fecha de la Conferencia General de la UNESCO, donde se reconoció a Palestina como Estado Miembro, usurpando el espacio de las deliberaciones que tienen lugar en el Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas y los llamamientos para negociaciones bilaterales directas por parte del Cuarteto.

El Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director de Relaciones Internacionales del Centro Wiesenthal y Jefe de la Delegación ante la UNESCO, señaló que “la Autoridad Palestina avanzó hoy un paso más en el camino de eludir la diplomacia – primero fueron al Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU en Nueva York para evitar las negociaciones de paz con Israel, ahora han alcanzado membrecía ante UNESCO en Paris para evitar un rechazo en Nueva York”.

Sergio Widder, Director para América Latina, agregó que “esto es una recompensa para quienes rechazan las negociaciones directas. No hay incentivo para que los palestinos acepten dialogar. Se premia lo opuesto: eludir las negociaciones con Israel”.

El Centro destacó que los palestinos pretenderán ahora “apropiarse de la identidad” de otros pueblos, reclamando como sitios de su propio patrimonio a lugares santos cristianos y judíos, tales como la Cueva de los Patriarcas (Hebron), la Tumba de José (Nablus) y la Tumba de Raquel y la Iglesia de la Natividad (Belén).

“La reciente profanación de la Tumba de José, pintarrajeada con cruces esvásticas, demuestra que los palestinos o bien no están en condiciones, o bien no desean brindar adecuada protección a esos sitios. Esperamos que Argentina y otros países de América Latina y el Caribe que votaron a favor de la incorporación de Palestina instruyan en el futuro a sus delegados a proceder en un espíritu de promoción del diálogo bilateral en lugar de boicotear las negociaciones directas”, concluyeron Samuels y Widder.

Para mayor información, comunicarse con Shimon Samuels al +336 09770158 o Sergio Widder al 4802-1744 o 15 4425-1306. Si llama desde fuera de Argentina, +54911 4425-1306.

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El Centro Simon Wiesenthal es una organización judía internacional de derechos humanos con más de 400.000 miembros en todo el mundo. Tiene status de ONG ante la ONU, la UNESCO, la OEA, la OSCE, el Consejo de Europa y el Parlamento Latinoamericano.