It was only months ago that UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization, declared the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron — believed to be the site of the double tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah — a “Palestinian heritage site.”
Then the anti-Israel global body followed up by passing a resolution denying any connection between Judaism and the Temple Mount.
The Trump administration, which formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, had enough and announced plans to drop out of UNESCO. Israel made a similar announcement shortly later.
But the reaction to the U.N.’s actions went even further, prompting award-winning filmmaker Pierre Rehov to launch a hunt for the truth.
The result is his “Unveiling Jerusalem” project, featuring testimony from “experts, historians and archaeologists” regarding Solomon’s Temple and Herod’s Temple.
The trailer is here:
The film explores “whether the temples are merely legends concocted, as the Palestinian Authority claims, or whether they did exist on what used to be called the Temple Mount, as described in Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures.”
Reho, born in Algeria, previously released “The Road to Jenin,” “Silent Exodus,” “Suicide Killers,” “From the River to the Sea” and “The Path to Darkness.”
He has been described by Phyllis Chesler, professor emeritus of psychology, a Middle East Forum fellow and author, as “a resistance fighter [who] resists the Islamist propaganda wars against Israel, the Jews, and the West by making films that document the truth.”
In the Glazov interview, Rehov explains the UNESCO fiasco was not the first time the U.N. had adopted anti-Semitism as a policy, as it also had declared Jerusalem an “occupied” city.
“I was outraged, really,” he told Glazov, so he made his film to explore whether “there actually was a Temple there in the past.”
His movie website explains: “Animated reproductions in three dimensions of the two Temples and their interior, a meticulous investigation, and the accompaniment of famous historians and archaeologists, make it possible to answer this question in a spirit of tolerance and peace.”
President Trump’s administration has been highly critical of the United Nations in general and in particular of its anti-Israel bias. A petition is encouraging Congress and the president to defund the U.N. and expel its headquarters from the U.S.
In July, WND reported a prominent supporter of Israel said the United Nations has turned “delusional.”
Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, was responding to UNESCO’s vote to declare the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron a “Palestinian heritage site.”
It was just the latest in a series of actions by the U.N. against Israel, including its move to call the Temple Mount “Islamic.”
“This recent UNESCO resolution is another delusional U.N. decision which disregards the historical truth and the Jewish people’s deep connection to Hebron,” said Staver.
Staver also is president of Christians in Defense of Israel and founder of Covenant Journey, all in support of Israel.
“To refer to Hebron as ‘Islamic’ denies thousands of years of Jewish history as well as Christian ties to the site. The biblical patriarchs Abraham and Isaac, as well as the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Leah are believed to be buried there, and to deny that is another move toward the Palestinian Authority and Hamas renaming the entire land to Palestine and denying Israel’s right to exist,” said Staver.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at that time issued a statement on Facebook he titled “The theatre of the absurd continues at the UN.” The statement reads:
Today UNESCO adopted its second decision this year denying the Jewish people’s connection to the Temple Mount, our holiest site for over three thousand years.
What’s next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin? Rock and roll?
Is it any wonder the UN has become a moral farce when UNESCO, the UN body tasked with preserving history, denies and distorts history?
WND reported in June that Arabs at the U.N. were placing the blame for Palestinian men who beat their wives on Israel.
The outlandish claim came during a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council when a report on violence against women was submitted, reported Palestinian Media Watch.
According to PMW, the report claimed there was “a clear linkage between the prolonged occupation and violence against women.”
However, U.N. Watch Director Hillel Neuer responded immediately.
See his statement: