a result of this vote, the United States, which funds approximately 22
percent of the UNESCO budget at $70 million a year, has cut its funding
to UNESCO. Under legislation passed by Congress 15 years ago, this vote
triggered an automatic cutoff of U.S. dollars.
General Ban Ki-moon also condemned this vote stating that it would end
up hurting millions of people because of the loss in funding.
Moore commented, "In the vein of past enemies, the PA and their
enablers continue an almost 2500 year-old practice of trying to conquer
and destroy Jewish holy sites. The prophet Nehemiah had to contend with
Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite slave, and Geshem the Arab
after King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah permission to rebuild the city of
Jerusalem. After constantly being ridiculed, Nehemiah reminded them, 'The
God of Heaven will grant us success, and we, His servants, will arise
and build - but you have no heritage, or right or memorial in
UNESCO's proclaiming of the land containing Rachel's Tomb -burial place
of a revered Jewish matriarch -- a Muslim holy site, Dr. John Lupoli,
President of WCICC stated, "We cannot stand by and allow anyone to
attempt to wipe away biblical history, the very foundation of our
Lupoli added: "The Palestinian Authority hopes to gain territory
through statehood on which holy sites, like the Church of the Nativity
in Bethlehem, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Joseph's tomb in
Nablus and Rachel's tomb in Bethlehem, will be declared as Palestinian
heritage sites. It is all part of their campaign to erase the historical
bond to the Land of Israel and block access to Christian and Jewish
visitors. Let us remember that Abraham bought the Cave of Machpelah in
Hebron as a burial place for his wife, Sarah according to the Book of
Genesis Chapter 23. It is the burial place of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac
and Rebecca and Jacob and Leah. Centuries later, Muslims built a mosque
on the site."
ask each of you, Christian and Jew, to make our combined voices heard
by our elected officials and local newspapers with your calls and
letters. We must loudly condemn this vote at UNESCO, "added Laurie
Cardoza Moore in a press brief issued by her office.
U.S. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice - 212-415-4404
U.S. Congressman Switchboard - 202-224-3121
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