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Mexican diplomat to be honored for challenging UNESCO on anti-Israel vote

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The Mexican diplomat who was fired from his ambassador position for walking out an anti-Israel vote by a United Nations agency will be honored by the American Sephardic Federation.

Andres Roemer, who is Jewish, will be awarded the International Sephardic Leadership Award at a ceremony on May 21 at the Center for Jewish History in New York. The event will honor the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.

“When confronted by the recent UNESCO resolution that sought to erase Jerusalem, Israel’s Jewish and Christian history, Ambassador Roemer knowingly risked his position to voice and vote his conscience,” read the federation’s announcement.

In October, the Latin American diplomat risked his position by walking out of a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization vote at its headquarters in Paris — leaving his deputy to cast the country’s vote — in a personal protest against the UNESCO resolution denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem.

“While the resolution still passed, Ambassador Roemer did not forget Jerusalem and his moral courage convinced several countries, including his own, to seek to reverse the resolution’s ill-considered position against historical truth and the possibility of peace,” according to the announcement.

For not following the instructions he had received from the Mexican government, he was fired a few days later.

“For not having informed diligently and with meticulousness of the context in which the voting process occurred, for reporting to representatives of countries other than Mexico about the sense of his vote, and for making public documents and official correspondence subject to secrecy,” read the official statement released.

Before being fired, Roemer apparently contemplated resigning his post, but was urged not to by Israel’s ambassador Carmel Shama HaCohen, who wrote him a personal letter praising him as a friend of the Jewish state.

Mexico ended up changing its vote from “in favor” to abstain on the resolution, sponsored by several Arab countries, which referred to the Temple Mount and Western Wall — Judaism’s holiest sites — only by their Muslim names, and condemned Israel as “the occupying power” for various actions taken in both places.

A week after Roemer was fired, vandals broke glass windows, smashed furniture, and painted graffiti on the walls of Mexico City’s Agudas Ajim synagogue in two separate attacks after local Jewish leaders launched a public campaign against the UNESCO vote.

Mexican Consul General in New York, Diego Gomez-Pickering, is expected to attend Roemer’s award ceremony on May 21, according to the federation.

UNESCO head calls Temple Mount ‘holiest place in Judaism’

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In address to World Jewish Congress, Irina Bokova defends links of all three monotheistic religions to Jerusalem

The head of the United Nations’ cultural body UNESCO defended Jewish links to holy sites in Jerusalem on Monday, criticizing her own agency’s governing board for passing a series of resolutions that downplay or deny any Jewish connection to its most sacred spaces.

Irina Bokova, head of the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, called the Temple Mount the “holiest place in Judaism,” during a Monday address in from of the World Jewish Congress in New York.

“The Al Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif, the sacred shrine of the Muslims, is also the Har Habayit – or Temple Mount – the holiest place in Judaism, whose Western Wall is revered by millions across the world, a few steps away from the Saint Sepulchre and the Mount of Olives holy to the Christians,” she said.

Defending the links of all three monotheistic religions to Jerusalem, Bokova told delegates that “to deny, conceal, or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions runs counter to the reasons that justified its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list.”

Last October UNESCO passed a resolution sponsored by Arab states that ignored Jewish and Christian historical ties to Jerusalem holy sites, sparking an outcry in Israel.

Bokova subsequently criticized the agency saying, “The heritage of Jerusalem is indivisible, and each of its communities has a right to the explicit recognition of their history and relationship with the city.”

Israel and the United States suspended their funding to the committee in 2011 after the Palestinians were admitted as members. Both countries lost their voting rights as a result, which has made the passage of anti-Israel resolutions more straightforward.

Also in her address, Bokova launched a new policy guide for educators focused on the teaching of the Holocaust, genocide and mass atrocities.

“We must empower future generations with the lessons from the Holocaust, equip our children and grandchildren with the tools they need to vanquish intolerance and hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice,” she said.

 

Andrés Roemer, será honrado por desafiar el voto de la UNESCO sobre Jerusalén

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El premio le será entregado en una ceremonia  en el Centro de Historia Judía de Nueva York el próximo 21 de mayo. El evento se llevará a cabo en el marco  del 50 aniversario de la Liberación de Jerusalén durante la Guerra de los Seis Días.

«Ante la reciente resolución de la UNESCO que pretendía borrar Jerusalén, la historia judía y cristiana de Israel, el ex embajador Roemer puso en juego su posición para expresar y votar su conciencia a sabiendas de que en ello le iba su futuro como diplomático», dijo el comunicado de la federación.

«A pesar de que la resolución fue de cualquier modo aprobada, Andrés Roemer no olvidó Jerusalén y su coraje moral convenció a varios países, incluido el suyo propio, de revertir la posición mal considerada de la resolución contra la verdad histórica y la posibilidad de paz», según el anuncio.

Por no seguir las instrucciones que había recibido del gobierno mexicano, fue despedido unos días más tarde.

«Por no haber informado con diligencia y meticulosidad del contexto en el que se realizó el proceso de votación, por informar a los representantes de países distintos a México sobre el sentido de su voto y por hacer confidenciales los documentos públicos y la correspondencia oficial» Declaración oficial publicada por la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores.

Antes de ser destituido, Roemer aparentemente pensaba renunciar a su puesto, pero el embajador de Israel, Carmel Shama HaCohen, le instó a que no mediante una carta personal alabándolo como amigo del estado judío.

México terminó cambiando su voto de «a favor» para abstenerse de la resolución, que había sido patrocinada por varios países árabes, y se refirió al Monte del Templo y el Muro Occidental – los sitios más sagrados del Judaísmo – sólo por sus nombres musulmanes, La potencia ocupante «por diversas acciones tomadas en ambos lugares.

Una semana después de que Roemer fuera despedido, los vándalos rompieron ventanas de cristal, destrozaron los muebles y pintaron graffiti en las paredes de la sinagoga Agudas Ajim de la Ciudad de México en dos ataques separados después de que los líderes judíos locales lanzaran una campaña pública contra el voto de la UNESCO.

Se espera que el cónsul mexicano en Nueva York, Diego Gómez-Pickering, asista a la ceremonia de premiación de Roemer el próximo 21 de mayo, según informó la federación.

Times Of israel / Traducido por DiarioJudio.com