“We know that Har Hazeisim is indelibly tied to the 3000-year history of the Jewish people and no absurd UNESCO resolution will rob us of our past,” was the essence of what Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN told a leadership delegation of the International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeisim (ICPHH) at a meeting in his office on May 18th. The ICPHH delegation included Avrohom Lubinsky, Chairman, his brother Menachem who serves as co-chairman and Rabbi Pesach Lerner, a member of the ICPHH Executive Committee.
Danon was referring to a recent UNESCO resolution passed at the end of April which denied Jewish claims to the Kosel Hamaravi and the Har Habayis and instead designated them as Muslim holy sites. The motion passed with 33 votes in favor, six against, and 17 abstained. France, Spain, Sweden, Russia and Slovenia were among the non-Arab nations who supported the resolution. Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States objected.
The ICPHH leadership thanked Ambassador Danon for his steadfast support for securing, preserving and developing Har Hazeisim. As Chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, THE Ambassador had convened several hearings of the Committee which help set the tone for many of the security enhancements on the holy mountain. Mr. Danon also frequently visited Har Hazeisim and was one of the first Knesset members to tour the newly established police substation in 2012.
“The Ambassador fully appreciates the importance and significance of Har Hazeisim,” said Avrohom Lubinsky upon leaving the meeting. “He asked to continue to be briefed on progress made there because it is in a big sense his ‘baby,’” said Mr. Lubinsky.