dinsdag 16 november 2010

Zowel Israel als de christelijke wereld moeten Unesco ter verantwoording roepen

Deze dagen zal Unesco bepalen welke plaatsen in aanmerking komen voor de status van werelderfgoed.

Ook over andermans erfgoed heeft Unesco een mening.

Die eigengereide mening vindt Unesco zo vanzelfsprekend dat als iemand een erfgoed claimt, dat niet strookt met de mening van Unesco er wordt gesproken van schending van Internationaal Recht.

De oorzaak van deze eigengereide mening van Unesco wordt al snel duidelijk als men beseft dat ook Unesco gewoon politiek gekaapt kan worden net als de Mensenrechten Raad van de VN.

Daar, waar de VN en haar organen werden opgericht om een universeel en neutraal standpunt te kunnen innemen blijkt diezelfde VN steeds meer politiek gekaapt te worden door landen die hun eigen beleid niet graag be(ver)oordeeld zien.

Door elkaar de hand  boven het hoofd te houden lukt het de moslim-gebonden landen samen met niet democratische landen vrijwel altijd de aandacht te richten op landen die ze zelf graag veroordeeld zien.

Zo blijkt nu ook Unesco slachtoffer van deze samenzwering.

De moslimwereld heeft eerst de grot van de aartsvaders, Machpela, geannexeerd als moslimmoskee en heeft onlangs ook besloten het graf van Rachel te annexeren.

Onderstaand stuk bijbelgeschiedenis laat duidelijk de Joods/christelijke oorsprong van de betreffende plaatsen zien.

Israel heeft dan ook besloten deze plaatsen uit het Oude Testament Joods erfgoed te noemen.

Gevolg? De Arabische wereld en in haar opdracht Unesco stellen nu dat Israel het Internationale Recht schendt.

En de christelijke wereld? Die zwijgt in alle talen.

MS

 

Y-net 16/11/10

 

Who comes from Bethlehem?

Op-ed: Rich in Christian history, Bethlehem’s Jewish roots ought not to be forgotten or ignored

Moshe Dann

Published: 

11.16.10, 00:45 / Israel Opinion

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For those who grew up outside of Israel the answer brings back familiar Christmas carols, shopping day count-downs, Santas and reindeer. On Christmas Eve, thousands of Christians flock to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to celebrate. Built in the early Byzantine period (the fourth century CE) by Queen Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine ("The Great"), this church commemorates the birth of Jesus. Jewish history, however, offers another perspective.

 

When the Patriarch Jacob, his wives and family returned to Eretz Yisrael, heading back to Hebron, his ancestral home, a tragedy occurred. Near a place called Efrat, which was called Beth-lehem ("House of Bread"), Rachel died in childbirth; her baby, Benjamin, lived. "And Jacob buried his beloved wife on the way, and placed a monument on her grave." (Gen. 35:16-20)

 

Revered as a holy site by Jews for millennia, and recently by some Muslims, a cenotaph was built over the grave; similar to tombs at Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. In the mid-19th century Moses Montifore built a small domed building around the grave. After 1948, when Jews were prohibited from visiting the site, local Arabs built a cemetery, homes and shops around it; since 1967, they have expanded building throughout the area.

 

As attacks on worshippers intensified during the "Oslo peace process," a fortress-like building was built around the earlier structure, guarded by IDF troops. Despite these difficulties, tens of thousands of Jews continue to visit the site. A kollel yeshiva studies there during the day. The city of Bethlehem, just a few meters away, is controlled by the Palestinian Authority and Israelis are not permitted to enter.

 

Hundreds of years after Rachel's death, after the Jewish people left Egypt and entered Eretz Yisrael, Bethlehem was a flourishing Jewish village. During the time of Judges there was a famine in the land and one of Bethlehem's most prominent families (Elimelech, his wife, Naomi, and two sons, Machlon and Kilyon) moved across the Judean desert to the land of Moav (now Jordan). The boys married non-Jewish women (Ruth and Orpah); soon afterwards, all the male members of the family died there.

 

Widowed and alone, Naomi decided to return to her home town, accompanied by her daughters-in-law. On the way, however, Orpah turned back; Ruth begged to stay. "Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you stay, I'll stay with you; your people will be my people, and your God, my God." (Ruth 1:16) This powerful statement of faith identifies Ruth as a source of inspiration and perhaps the first “convert.”

 

Life was not easy for the two widows. They gathered food from the corners of fields left for the poor. But Boaz, a descendent of Perez (from the time of Moses), a Judge and head of the community in Bethlehem, noticed Ruth and fell in love with her. They married and had a son, Oved, who eventually fathered Yishai, who was the father of David.

 

Yishai lived in Bethlehem during the reign of King Saul. When it became clear to Samuel the Prophet that Saul was no longer an appropriate ruler he went to Bethlehem to look for a successor. (I Samuel, 16:1) Samuel went to Yishai's house and asked to examine his sons. Yishai proudly displayed seven, each more noble, wise and worthy than the other. Yet Samuel was not satisfied. "Any more?" he asked. Reluctantly Yishai brought in his youngest son, David, from his work tending sheep and goats. When Samuel saw him, he immediately anointed him heir-apparent in front of his family; Messiah, “the anointed one.”

 

According to Jewish tradition, “the Messiah will come from the House of David,” meaning the Davidic lineage. Interpreted literally, however, this may explain why the New Testament originates the story of Jesus' birthplace in Bethlehem. Who comes from Bethlehem? Rich in Christian history and significance, its roots in Jewish history ought not to be forgotten or ignored.

 

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