A RABBI has claimed UNESCO is stoking a war between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
Simcha Hochbaum said the UN cultural organisation is fanning the flames of division after adopting two key resolutions this week.
The PX Commission, which is the executive board of UNESCO, passed resolutions 28 and 29 – titled “Occupied Palestine” – stating two major Jewish holy sites in Israel are “an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories”.
The resolutions – referencing the Cave of the Patriarchs (Maarat Hamachpela) in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem – criticise “Israeli measures aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian territory.”
And now Rabbi Hochbaum has said the UNESCO measure is part of an “ongoing spiritual war between the Jews and the Arabs based in the Bible.”
Referencing the conflict between Abraham’s sons Isaac and Ishmael in the Bible, saying the “same battle” is still taking place today.
He told Breaking News Israel: “The battle between Isaac and Ishmael is still taking place but with different names.
“At this point, when we are just before the final geula (redemption), nations are choosing which side of this battle they are on.
“If UNESCO wants these resolutions to actually stand, they will need to erase these verses from every bible in the world, and also burn it out of our memories.
“For thousands of years, the evil forces in the world have tried to do this without success.”
Rabbi Hochbaum added: “[UNESCO] is trying to prevent our return, turn back the clocks by changing history and rewriting the Bible.
“Our power to stay in the land comes from the kedusha (holiness) we receive from these sites.