Film debunks U.N. denial of Israel's Jewish roots

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (

Dome of the Rock 2After numerous actions by the United Nations aimed at ultimately rejecting the Jewish heritage of Israel, the new film, Unveiling Jerusalem, sets its sites on setting the historical record straight and exposing anti-Semitic agendas.

Recently, multiple attempts have been made by the U.N. to delegitimize Israel’s claim to its land, while siding with the Palestinians in the longstanding conflict that goes back millennia.

“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,’” WND reported. “Then the anti-Israel global body followed up by passing a resolution denying any connection between Judaism and the Temple Mount.”

Digging up the facts on Israel

After eight years of the Obama administration reflecting the U.N.’s anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian foreign policy, along with the global agency’s condemnation of Israeli settlements in its own country, the Trump administration has been determined to rejuvenate the United States’ longtime partnership with Israel in December by recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and by announcing its plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the City of David.

In addition, Trump recently announced America’s plans to withdraw from UNESCO – mostly out of protest of the organization’s anti-Semitic decisions over the years – and Israel soon dropped out, as well.

Trump was not the only one to rally behind Israel in the midst of the incessant attacks waged by the U.N., as the anti-Semitic global agency also incited award-winning filmmaker Pierre Rehov to set the record straight in defense of the only democracy in the Middle East. Rehov accomplished this this through his Unveiling Jerusalem project, which launched a hunt for the truth via testimony about Herod’s Temple and Solomon’s Temple from “experts, historians and archaeologists.”

“[Unveiling Jerusalem 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,” the movie’s official website reveals. “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.”

Unveiling Jerusalem is not the only film Reho has produced to expose the truth about the spiritual warfare taking place in the Middle East between Israel and its Islamic enemies.

“Rehov, born in Algeria, previously released The Road to Jenin, Silent Exodus, Suicide Killers, From the River to the Sea and The Path to Darkness,” WND reported. “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 defense of Israel, Rehov asserted that the UNESCO’s recent anti-Semitic declarations about the Temple Mount and the Cave of the Patriarchs not being Jewish is nothing new, noting how it recently declared that Jerusalem is an “occupied city.”

“I was outraged, really,” Rehov told The Glazov Gang’s Jamie Glazov on WND-TV. “[My film explores whether] there actually was a Temple there in the past.”

Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver also expressed his contempt for the U.N.’s “delusional” declaration of the Cave of the Patriarchs being a “Palestinian heritage site” – as well as its designation of the Temple Mount as an “Islamic” monument.

“This recent UNESCO resolution is another delusional U.N. decision which disregards the historical truth and the Jewish people’s deep connection to Hebron,” asserted Staver, who also serves as the president of Christians in Defense of Israel and as the founder of Covenant Journey. “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.”

This sentiment was also echoed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the U.N.’s decisions regarding Israel “the theater of the absurd.”

“Today UNESCO adopted its second decision this year denying the Jewish people’s connection to the Temple Mount – our holiest site for over 3,000 years,” Netanyahu proclaimed at the time on Facebook. “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?”

Blame it on Israel …

More of the U.N.’s absurdity was witnessed when Arabs asserted at a UN Human Rights Council meeting that Israel is responsible for Palestinian men beating their wives.

“[There is a] clear linkage between the prolonged occupation and violence against women," Arabs at the U.N. declared at the meeting, according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

Yet the blame should have been aimed at Islamic teachings – as broadcasted on PA Television.

“Palestinian Authority (PA) TV teaches Palestinian men how to beat their wives according to Islam,” PMW reported. “At the UN session, UN Watch director Hillel Neuer responded to the claims by citing a PMW video, which exposes a Palestinian religious official describing on PA TV the conditions under which a man may hit his wife. [There is] a repeating message on official PA TV – even by a female TV host – that a Palestinian man has a right to hit his wife under Islamic law, and describing the way he should do so.” 

Here are the instructions – backed by scriptures found in the Islamic holy book, the Koran – that are given to men who want to “properly” beat their wives into submission.”

"To those who use beatings and violence to solve their marital problems: Carefully read the Quranic verse again [Sura 4:34],” a PA TV reporter instructed viewers on April 1, 2017, according to PMW. “There are solutions before giving beatings. If you have to, there are religious rules for beatings that must be obeyed. Guys, the goal of the beatings is rebuke in a way that does not cause injury."

This Islamic teaching was also shared a year prior by Mufti Sheikh Samih Hajjaj – an academic lecturer on Islam – who gave the following message:

"Let's say that a husband senses that his wife is lying,” Hajjaj posed on official PA TV on November 24, 2016, according to PMW. “First he needs to rebuke her and quote the Quran and Hadith on the ban on lying... The [Muslim] scholars said that the beating can be with a small brush or a handkerchief, and the number of blows should not exceed 10."

When the TV host confirmed with his guest that husbands were not to beat their wives “with a stick or a pipe,” the lecturer stressed that facial beatings were not allowed – using the Muslim prophet Muhammad to support his advice.

"No, no – not in the face,” Hajjaj insisted. “Even when we hit with a handkerchief or small brush, Prophet [Muhammad] said: 'Do not hit the face, and do not make her ugly.' If you want to hit, hit [her] back or leg, hit in places that are not seen, and do not cause a permanent mark."

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