The Executive Committee of UNESCO voted in favor of the document, which refuses to recognize the Temple mount only Jewish sanctuary and accuses Israel of restricting Muslims free access to located there of the al-Aqsa mosque.
in solutions, prepared by Egypt and the Palestinian authority, it is noted that a Jewish state creates obstacles to Muslims, violating their rights and not allowing bespripyatstvenno to pray in the mosques on the Temple mount in Jerusalem, informs magazine the Jerusalim Post.
Of the 58 authorized countries to UNESCO for the adoption of the document voted 24, 26 Abstained and 6 voted Against. Supported resolution Brazil, Iran, China, Mexico, Russia, South Africa etc. Against the decision, except Israel, voted the UK, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, USA and Estonia. Abstaining Spain, France, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Ukraine and others Authorized Israel and the Jewish organizations saw the document, condemning the oppression of Muslims the signs of anti-Semitism. After the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "the theater of the absurd, UNESCO continues," adding that After that vote, the organization lost legitimacy. In the beginning of the meeting, 39 congressmen and senators of the United States urged UNESCO to speak out Against the decision. The letter, signed by representatives of both Democratic and Republican parties were directed to the Executive Committee of the organization. The Israeli foreign Ministry also appealed to the Vatican a petition to oppose the decision, saying it also violates the rights of Christians.