1929 – 1933 – 1947 – 1956 – 1967
on the holy day of Yom Kippur,
Arab armies tried to destroy Israel.
Over and over they failed.
So they began a campaign to rewrite history.
In Gaza, synagogues were destroyed,
ancient and new, to wipe out Jewish history.
On the Temple Mount,
the Waqf destroyed layers of history,
to expand its control and build new mosques.
The slightest Israeli innovation in the area
was cause for international crisis.
Now, on the day after Yom Kippur,
UNESCO has entered the fiasco,
giving the Arab narrative a stamp of approval.
From a new building on Hanevi’im Street,
on an old Jerusalem, Israel street,
one of the first outside the walls of the Old City,
the view to the left,
and the right may not be familiar.
look straight ahead to the Mount of Olives.
The Dome of the Rock,
where Mohammed’s horse took flight,
was built on the Temple Mount,
to insure that the Jews
would never rebuild their temple again.
There are thousands of Jewish graves in the background.
We once heard Rabbi Steinzaltz say,
“Yichus is like a potato,”
the best part is in the ground.
The graves on Mount of Olives
are testament to the Jewish presence in Jerusalem.
In the Yom Kippur service,
the words ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘shalom,’ peace,
are repeated over and over.
The latest UNESCO resolution is absurd.
But as Abba Eban said years ago,
“If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat
and that Israel had flattened it,
it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.”
Nothing new under the sun?
Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem, Israel.