The Europeans are upset that Israel is developing tourism in Jerusalem. We must tell the EU: back off of Jerusalem.
A recent European Union (EU) report expressed ire over Israeli tourism development in and around Jerusalem’s Old City, calling ongoing Israeli infrastructure improvements a form of “touristic settlement.”
The EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem issued a report warning that the development of Israeli tourism in the ancient City of David and a planned cable car that would transport tourists to the Western Wall (Kotel), which is within the Old City, were “a political tool to modify the historical narrative and to support, legitimize, and expand settlements.”
The report asserts that the projects promote the “historic continuity of the Jewish presence in the area at the expense of other religions and cultures.”
The Europeans, through votes at international forums, have repeatedly denied the Jews’ connection to Jerusalem.
Additionally, the report states, “Critics have described the project as turning the World Heritage site of Jerusalem into a commercial theme park while local Palestinian residents are absent from the narrative being promoted to the visitors.”
However, Israeli officials involved in the project explained that the routes of the cable cars were carefully chosen to refrain from diplomatic controversy or infringement on anyone’s rights.
This is yet another European attempt to deny the Jews’ rich history and deep connection to their capital city.
While archeologists digging in Jerusalem’s Old City and its environs uncover evidence attesting to the Jews’ connection to the city on an almost weekly basis, they have yet to unearth any findings from the “Palestinian period,” possibly because they have yet to decide when it occurred, or because it never occurred at all.
We must tell the Europeans in a loud and clear voice – take your hands off Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital!