(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ratified its controversial resolution that denies any Jewish link to Temple Mount and the Western Wall in Jerusalem Tuesday.
The ratification went forward despite a surprise last-minute attempt to trigger a revote after Mexico chose to withdraw its initial support for the motion. Mexico ultimately retracted its request for a revote, but announced at Tuesday's meeting it had changed its stance on the issue.
Mexico's UNESCO Ambassador Andres Roemer, who is Jewish, walked out of last Thursday's vote on the resolution in a personal protest against his country's support for the resolution, threatening to resign over the matter. His action was followed by an appeal from Israeli UNESCO Ambassador Carmel Shama Hacohen urging him to use a rare provision that would allow Mexico to change its position in a revote.
Mexico was expected to trigger the clause at a UNESCO executive board meeting Tuesday, effectively canceling the original vote and tabling the issue for a second time. Instead, the resolution was not reopened for discussion, and the ratification of the resolution passed as expected.
Mexico was one of 24 countries to vote in favor of the controversial resolution last Thursday but was expected to abstain or oppose it in a revote.