Republican Senators call on Obama to cut ties with UNESCO

Following two resolutions passed denying Jewish & Christian ties to Jerusalem and Temple Mount, Republican Senators submit letter to Obama Administration urging “administration to join Israel in suspending ties to UNESCO”


Republican Senators have sent a letter to the Obama Administration calling on President Obama to cut ties with the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) as the organization continues its anti-Israel agenda.

The letter comes after numerous attempts by Republican leadership to divest support and cooperation with UNESCO after the organization passed two resolutions, one of which was ratified last week, which deny Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem, specifically the Temple Mount. The resolutions refer to the Temple Mount only by its Muslim name, and claims the most important and holiest location for Jews is only holy to Muslims.

The letter sent to the Obama Administration was written by Senators David Perdue, Johnny Isakson, Mark Kirk and Marco Rubio and submitted on Thursday. It reads:

“Recent UNESCO resolutions that deny Jewish and Christian ties to holy sites in Jerusalem not only reinforces the necessity of withholding American funding from this counterproductive UN organization, but also call into question future U.S. membership in UNESCO

Given that U.S. law already forbids American taxpayer money going to UNESCO, we urge your administration to join Israel in suspending ties to UNESCO.

In 1984, the U.S. severed ties with UNESCO due to disparities between American foreign policy goals and UNESCO’s agenda. Because UNESCO continues to deviate from its founding mission and adopt one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions, it is time for the U.S. to stand with Israel and suspend our ties with UNESCO.”

Israel recalled its ambassador to UNESCO on Wednesday after UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee passed a second resolution in two weeks time denying Jewish history and ties to the Temple Mount. A reported 10 states of 21 voted in favor to adopting the “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls” resolution, with 8 abstaining and two opposing.

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded harshly to UNESCO, stating “It is UNESCO that deserves condemnation not only for its present blindness but for its past blindness as well. That scandalous decision, the scandal that they decided upon two weeks ago, to the effect that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount, or to Jerusalem at all, is contradicted by the Bible and the entire historical record.”