MAJOR ADVOCATES FOR ISRAEL CALL ON CHRISTIANS AND JEWS TO DEFEND HOLY SITES

(New York, New York) -November 9, 2011 – Laurie Cardoza Moore, President of Proclaiming Justice To the Nations (PJTN) and Special Envoy to Middle East Affairs for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC) a UN NGO, commented in New York this week on the decision made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to approve full membership of the Palestinian Authority. The decision was made in a vote of 107-14 with 52 abstentions. “There is no nation called Palestine, making this vote another example of the “new” anti- Semitism,” noted Cardoza Moore. “This is a cynical attempt to once again force recognition of a Palestinian State on Israel,” she added.

As a result of this vote, the United States, which funds approximately 22 percent of the UNESCO budget at $70 million a year, has cut its funding to UNESCO. Under legislation passed by Congress 15 years ago, this vote triggered an automatic cutoff of U.S. dollars.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also condemned this vote stating that it would end up hurting millions of people because of the loss in funding.

Cardoza Moore commented, “In the vein of past enemies, the PA and their enablers continue an almost 2500 year-old practice of trying to conquer and destroy Jewish holy sites. The prophet Nehemiah had to contend with Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite slave, and Geshem the Arab after King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah permission to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. After constantly being ridiculed, Nehemiah reminded them, ‘The God of Heaven will grant us success, and we, His servants, will arise and build – but you have no heritage, or right or memorial in Jerusalem.'”

Citing UNESCO’s proclaiming of the land containing Rachel’s Tomb -burial place of a revered Jewish matriarch — a Muslim holy site, Dr. John Lupoli, President of WCICC stated, “We cannot stand by and allow anyone to attempt to wipe away biblical history, the very foundation of our beliefs.”

Dr. Lupoli added: “The Palestinian Authority hopes to gain territory through statehood on which holy sites, like the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Joseph’s tomb in Nablus and Rachel’s tomb in Bethlehem, will be declared as Palestinian heritage sites. It is all part of their campaign to erase the historical bond to the Land of Israel and block access to Christian and Jewish visitors. Let us remember that Abraham bought the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron as a burial place for his wife, Sarah according to the Book of Genesis Chapter 23. It is the burial place of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob and Leah. Centuries later, Muslims built a mosque on the site.”

“We ask each of you, Christian and Jew, to make our combined voices heard by our elected officials and local newspapers with your calls and letters. We must loudly condemn this vote at UNESCO, “added Laurie Cardoza Moore in a press brief issued by her office.

U.S. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice – 212-415-4404

U.S. Congressman Switchboard – 202-224-3121

About PJTN:
PJTN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. PJTN was established to educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and Israel against the “new” anti-Semitism, utilizing powerful film and video presentations, a variety of grassroots rallies, events and speaking engagements to facilitate dialogue between the Christian and Jewish communities in support of the State of Israel.
For more information, and/or support the work of PJTN, email lauriecm@incendiarygear.com, , or call the Office: 615.778.0202, Toll free: 877.779.0202.
About WCICC:
WCICC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WCICC was established to educate and support Christians and Jews in their Biblical Relationship. The WCICC exists to unite independent Christian & Messianic Churches regarding their Biblical Inheritance and Responsibility, including a stand with our Jewish brethren and the State of Israel. We offer an open effort to facilitate dialogue between the Christian and Jewish communities.
For more information, and/or support the work of WCICC, email info@wcicc.org , visit www.wcicc.org, or call the Office: 646-201-9823