UNESCO Decisions on Jerusalem Spark Wave of Anti-Semitic Cartoons in Arab Press

by: Susan Heller Pinto

October 27, 2016

Over the past weeks,  UNESCO's Executive Board and World Heritage Committee adopted resolutions which ignored the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, the latest in a series of similar decisions passed by UNESCO bodies.  The resolutions were harshly condemned by ADL, saying they "essentially expunges the 3,000 years of Jewish connection to Jerusalem.”

In the aftermath of the UNESCO Executive Board vote, cartoons appeared in Arab media depicting the resolutions as an acknowledgement of Islam's monopoly over the Temple Mount/Holy Sanctuary, while featuring Jews/Israelis in stereotypical anti-Semitic illustrations.

Following are some examples:

Al-Jazira, October 20, 2016 (Qatar)

The Jewish figure is shown holding an archaeological artifact with the UNESCO symbol engraved on it, saying "Al-Aqsa is Islamic Legacy".













Al-Quds Al-Arabi, October 21, 2016 (UK)

Headline: "UNESCO Acknowledges Muslims' Full Right over Al-Aqsa Mosque".

UNESCO is described as stamping approval that "Al-Aqsa Mosque is Purely Muslim Legacy".









Al-Quds, October 19, 2016 (Palestinian Authority)

In Arabic: "UNESCO Adopts a Resolution which Considers Al-Aqsa Purely Islamic Legacy".










Arabi 21, October 15, 2016 (UK)

Headline: "UNESCO: Jews Have No Religious Connection to Al-Aqsa Mosque".