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PA daily: Israel's "false narrative and claim that it has a history from 2,000 years ago in the Palestinian land... has been rejected by Israeli academics"

Headline: "The failing Israeli war"
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "The government of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu continues its attack against the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution from two weeks ago on Thursday, Oct. 13 [2016] - which rejected the connection between the Jews and Judaism and the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., Western Wall) - through its desperate efforts to impose its false narrative and its claim that it has a history from 2,000 years ago in the Palestinian land, which has been rejected by Israeli academics."

UNESCO passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “ Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” The resolution condemns “escalating Israeli aggressions” and Israeli “violations” at the site, and calls on Israel “to respect the integrity, authenticity and cultural heritage of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif… as a Muslim holy site of worship.” The resolution likewise refers to the Western Wall Plaza as the “Al-Buraq Plaza ‘Western Wall Plaza,’” adding quotation marks to the Jewish name for the site.
The resolution was submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan.
The countries voting for the resolution were: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chad, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Vietnam.
Those voting against it were: Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands, the UK, and the US.
Mexico later noted for the record that its position on the issue is one of abstention, although the vote count was unaffected.

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