Last October, in a bold move praised by most of the world community, UNESCO decided to include the Palestinian Authority as its newest member. The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) failed attempt at forcing its membership at the United Nations a month prior, didn’t stop them from continuing to push their agenda of deceit. They had just obtained a new platform to promote that lethal agenda.
My immediate concern was that with the help of UNESCO, the PA would start a campaign of historical revisionism or negationism aimed at deligitimizing Israel’s right to the Land and/or some of the Jewish holiest sites. After all, the best way to send a people into oblivion is to make them irrelevant to the rest of the world, then their obliteration can be seen as a favor to the world, if even noticed by the international community. Nazi Germany nearly mastered that concept with the death of 6,000,000 Jews.
Of course, we are a far cry from that status of irrelevancy when it comes to Israel and the Jewish people, but we shouldn’t underestimate the enemies of Israel’s commitment to her total destruction. Ideologically, for radical muslims and too many liberals, Israel is a cancerous tumor that must be removed from the international body to keep it healthy.
If you can’t physically destroy them, you must at least deligitimize their existence, and what better way to do that than rewriting history. Radical attempts have been made in the recent past at rewriting history like for instance denying that the Holocaust ever happened. But Holocaust deniers, in as much as they exist today, still do not constitute a force to be reckoned with. As a matter of fact, Canada and Europe prosecute Holocaust deniers for racial defamation and hate crimes, a move prevented in the United-States by our First Amendment guaranteeing us free speech (that’s free speech of course as long as you don’t denigrate Islam or Mohammed).
Holocaust denial is negationism par excellence, it is hardcore revisionism on speed, and if there is one thing that Radical Islam has learned in regards to their establishment of Qur’anic ruling in the world, it is patience! Baby steps towards Sharia, removing one tiny freedom or right at a time from an increasingly weakened western civilization, are much more attainable and for the most part, fly under the radar of Postmodern tolerance.
As a result, I am afraid that some of my concerns might have been justified, as we are starting to see some of those baby steps being implemented. For instance, UNESCO just announced that Rachel’s Tomb in Israel also belongs to Christians and Muslims. While Muslims vaguely recognize Rachel in the Qur’an, there is no historical validity to the claim of her burial site being the “Bilal ibn Rabah mosque”. Bilal ibn Rabah was a slave of Mohammed first used to call Muslims to prayer five times a day, and he was buried in Damascus (ca. 640 AD). As a matter of fact, until 1996, Rachel’s tomb as much as it was revendicated by both Muslims and Jews, was never referred to as a “mosque”. This bold move flies in the face of Jewish history AND Islamic traditions, defying all logic. But who needs logic where demonization of Israel is the ultimate goal? I also find it puzzling and somewhat counter-productive that the very site suddenly claimed by Muslims to be a mosque was also bombed by them prior to that time. This is a bit self-destructive, isn’t it?
Possibly with the biased help of UNESCO and without any explanation from its Director Irina Bokova, the PA will succeed in forcing Israel to reconsider its inclusion of Rachel’s tomb and the Patriarch’s Cave into the country’s national heritage sites. That would be a shame!
If successful, this one baby step in historical revisionism would take us a bit closer to an Israel cleansed of its Jewish roots and would help reclaiming the land as “Palestine”. Truth would be turned on its head as the invented people “the Palestinians” would end up supplanting “the People of the Book”
If historical revisionism comes from the very organization known as “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”, how far will the demonization of Israel go? Are we again to be accused of self-victimization simply because we want honest reporting about Israel’s biblical heritage, its history and its people. Can traces of anti-Semitism be found in these actions by UNESCO? who are we to trust anymore? But then again, I should have seen it coming from UNESCO when the first two words in their name is “United Nations”
So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). And Jacob set up a pillar over her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.