Christian Group Challenges UNESCO Classification of Jewish Holy Sites as Muslim

Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron

A Christian pro-Israel advocacy organization is taking action against UNESCO after it passed an anti-Israel resolution in which it listed Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as Muslim sites.

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved last week a resolution in which it listed Rachel’s Tomb, located just south of Jerusalem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, as Muslim sites.

The resolution stirred up a firestorm of protests from many in Israel and throughout the Jewish world, and from Christians as well.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President of the Christian organization “Proclaiming Justice to the Nations” (PJTN), shared some of her reactions to UNESCO’s resolution, with Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

“This is part of a growing problem,” said Cardoza-Moore to TPS. “We are watching in our lifetime revisionist history being written.”

Cardoza-Moore, who is the Special Envoy to the UN for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC), stated that there is a campaign to rewrite Jewish history to fit an Islamist agenda. “The Islamists through organizations like UNESCO and governments, are trying to rewrite documented archeological history that generations have recognized for thousands of years.”

“They are no different than ISIS (Islamic State terror organization) which physically goes in and destroys historical evidence” continued Cardoza-Moore. “We are watching UNESCO through what we call ‘disinformation’ destroy the Jewish and Israelite connection historically to these holy sites and this land.”

Christian Heritage Under Attack by UNESCO

Cardoza-Moore also believes that UNESCO’s declaration will directly impact Christian heritage as well. “Christians should be equally disturbed because if they continue with this narrative, they will rewrite Jesus out of the story,” she argued. “Christians should be very concerned that it won’t be long until their Jesus is rewritten too.”

President of PJTN Laurie Cardoza-Moore

President of PJTN Laurie Cardoza-Moore (PJTN)

She referred to various groups identifying themselves as Christian, who accept alternative narratives of Jesus. “There are alleged Christian groups buying into such a narrative.”

“They have said that Jesus had more in common with the Palestinians, and some have even said that Jesus was a Palestinian and not a Jew,” explained Cardoza-Moore. “This is absolutely absurd because Jesus was an orthodox Jew, who followed Torah and kept the commandments.”

Cardoza-Moore also responded to UNESCO’s condemnation of “aggression” and “illegal measures” taken by Israel over the Temple Mount, in its resolution. She referenced restrictions placed on both Jews and Christians on the Temple Mount. “What is outrageous is that the world sits by and tells Jews and Christians that they can go up on the Temple Mount only at certain times, that they can go up there but not pray or wear pieces of jewelry that have religious meaning to it,” she said.

“Apartheid is being practiced but it is not being practiced by the Israeli government,” she charged, “It is being practiced by the Palestinian Authority and UNESCO.”

Cardoza-Moore hopes to successfully reverse UNESCO’s resolution referring to Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as Islamic sites. “We are preparing a letter to send to the head of UNESCO, which will condemn this act personally and state that it is outrageous that history is being rewritten,” explained Cardoza-Moore. “We are going to go step by step to see what type of response we get from their office.”

By: Jonathan Benedek/TPS


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