Fatah spokesman in Europe: UNESCO resolution establishes the “completely Islamic nature… of the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” is blow to “Israeli lies” about Jewish history at holy sites
Headline: “Palestinian blessings on the new UNESCO resolution and calls to obligate Israel to honor it”
“The Fatah Movement expressed appreciation for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution to support the resolution proposal 'The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.’
A statement by Fatah Spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazal said: ‘… Our [Fatah] Movement welcomes the UNESCO vote by a decisive majority in favor of establishing the completely Islamic nature and the purely Palestinian identity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the organization’s [UNESCO’s] opposition to the misleading Israeli terms for sites that do not actually exist.’
He said: ‘UNESCO’s opposition to the term “the Temple Mount” and at the same time its recognition of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) as part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a [heavy] blow to the Israeli lies, and strengthens the historical right and the true historical narrative of the Palestinian people.’”
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions. The resolution was later approved by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Oct. 26, 2016, in a secret ballot in which ten countries voted in favor of the resolution, two opposed, eight abstained, and one country, Jamaica, was absent.
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.
Full text here: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002462/246215e.pdf