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UNESCO revote on Jewish link to Al-Aqsa cancelled

October 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Mexico has withdrawn its request to trigger a special clause in UNESCO which would cause a revote on the resolution which passed last week and said there was no Jewish connection to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported today.

Reports made early today said Mexico had decided to request a revote as it wanted to change its position and abstain, it had previously voted for the motion. Demonstrations in Mexico by its Jewish community had led the country to alter its position.

According to the Haaretz, Mexico’s subsequent decision to not request a revote was due to pressure from western countries which had voted against the initial UNESCO bill. They worried that this would set a precedent for future votes.

Mexico said it had reservations concerning the wording of the text.