Christians send thousands of Bibles to UNESCO

ICEJ campaign defends Judeo-Christian links to Jerusalem, holy sites

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23 Jan 2017
Christians send thousands of Bibles to UNESCO
Over recent weeks, Christians from around the world have responded to an ICEJ initiative by sending thousands of Bibles to UNESCO to protest its recent passage of a resolution which seemingly erased any Jewish or Christian connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

In what has become an annual ritual, the United Nations Educational, Science, and Cultural Committee (UNESCO) passed a resolution in October on “Occupied Palestine” which, among other things, charged Israel with endangering and hindering access to religious sites in the Holy Land. For the second year in a row, any references to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem used only the Muslim names for the site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Haram al-Sharif, while intentionally omitting the Jewish and Christian names for the same place – Har Habayit and Temple Mount. This was seen by many as a deliberate move by the Arab and Islamic states to erase the historic Jewish and Christian links to the Jewish temples which once stood there, while also raising concerns that other revered biblical sites in the Land of Israel could become “Islamicized” as well.

The UNESCO resolution was adopted right when the ICEJ was hosting thousands of Christians at its annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem in mid-October. As the Feast was concluding, ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler issued a challenge to Christians worldwide to send Bibles to UNESCO representatives in Paris in order to impress upon them the deep historical and spiritual connections which Christians and Jews have to these holy places in Jerusalem and throughout the Land of Israel.

Since then, thousands of Christians have responded to this challenge by posting Bibles to UNESCO, many of them with references to Jerusalem and other holy places highlighted. Sources at UNESCO have confirmed to the ICEJ that various officials at the international body have been inundated with Bibles and do not know what to do with them all. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, alone, has received close to 500 Bibles along with over 50,000 emails protesting the seriously flawed anti-Israel resolution.

Though not a voting member, Bokova had expressed her own opposition to the resolution at the time of the vote, a position which drew angry reactions and even death threats from Islamist elements. She recently acknowledged that the Bibles and protest letters coming from Christians and Jews will help strengthen those within UNESCO who support a more balanced stand that affirms the irrefutable Judeo-Christian heritage in Jerusalem and throughout the Land.


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