Jonathan Greenblatt, a former special assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama and now national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (and widely perceived as left-leaning), said, "Yet again, member states of the UNESCO Executive Board have perpetuated outrageous and false allegations against Israel and blatantly denied the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem".
The resolution only refers to al-Aqsa mosque by its Arabic name, a point of contention for the resolution's opponents, but also mentions the "importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions".
The UN has not confirmed.
Israel suspended ties with UNESCO Friday after a draft of the resolution was approved last week and was critical of its passing Tuesday.
The Jewish groups claim al-Haram al-Sharif is the location of the Jewish temples destroyed thousands of years ago and call it Temple Mount.
The Palestinian government considered it an important message to Israel that it must end its occupation and recognize the Palestinian state and Jerusalem as its capital with its sacred Muslim and Christian sites.
UNESCO member states voted on the resolution last week, with 24 voting in favor, six voting against and 26 abstaining.
It criticises Israel's activities at holy places in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
Israeli leadership reacted furiously to the resolution, with some accusing the UN's cultural arm of anti-Semitism.
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The resolution's text was proposed by Palestine, and was endorsed by Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan.
And now Japan, UNESCO's second-biggest funder, is threatening to halt funding.
A second, less contentious, resolution also to be decided on Tuesday deals with Gaza. Back in April, the organization passed a motion denouncing "Israeli aggressions and illegal measures against the freedom of worship and Muslims' access to the al-Aqsa Mosque".
"Sadly, the ambassador to UNESCO was sacrificed, but it meant a change to the perennial tradition of following the vote of the Latin American bloc, which passed an absurd and biased resolution by a majority", wrote Jewish Mexican news portal Enlace Judio.
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That led Netanyahu to propose a "seminar on Jewish history" for United Nations staff in Israel.
Mexico fired its Jewish ambassador to UNESCO, however, after Andre Roemer in a personal protest walked out of last week's vote in Paris, leaving his deputy to cast the country's vote. Jason Frohnmayer, press and public diplomacy officer at the US State Department's Public Affairs, Planning and Coordination Office, told Al-Monitor that the United States remains "an active member" of UNESCO and works to advance US interests relative to UNESCO's mandate.