UNESCO makes Hebron old city Palestinian site

UNESCO makes Hebron old city Palestinian site

The decision by the UN's cultural agency, at a meeting in Poland by secret ballot, saw 12 countries vote in favor, with three against and six abstentions.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron an endangered world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel, AFP reported on Friday.

The resolution that was proposed by the Palestinians includes two main clauses.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon immediately denounced the decision as "a moral blot", saying it denied Jewish history in the city.

A general view of the West Bank city of Hebron with the Cave of the Patriarchs, on January 18, 2017.

Worldwide law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity on the land to be illegal.

Yishai Fleisher, worldwide spokesman for the Hebron Jewish community, stated, "Clearly, this was yet another politicized, anti-Israel maneuver manufactured by the Palestinian Authority and it's objective is clear: to delegitimize the ancient Jewish presence in Hebron in particular, and thereby, undermine the historical ties of Jewish people to the land of Israel in general". Several states objected, leading to a shouting match between delegates, and Israeli Ambassador Carmel Shama-Hacohen storming to the desk of the session's chairman to make Israel's case. Many viewed Friday's UNESCO decision as the latest example of an ingrained anti-Israel bias at the United Nations and its institutions, where Israel and its allies are outnumbered by Arab countries and their supporters.

Murad Samir al-Razam, 4, was run over in the center of al-Khalil, situated 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem al-Quds, on April 30.

UNESCO makes Hebron old city Palestinian site
UNESCO makes Hebron old city Palestinian site

The Jewish people's glorious history in Israel started in Hebron.

While the United States is still on UNESCO's 58-member Executive Board, it no longer has voting rights in its General Conference.

Israeli Education Minister and head of the national Unesco committee Naftali Bennett said in a statement that "Jewish ties to Hebron are stronger than the disgraceful UNESCO vote". The Old City, and the tomb, are located in the Israeli sector.

The Palestinians hailed UNESCO's decision as a boost for their strategy of a "diplomatic Intifada", or uprising, persuading the worldwide community that the Palestinians require their own sovereign state in East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Hebron has witnessed much Jewish-Arab strife and bloodshed.

Israeli and Palestinian rescue and security teams participated Wednesday in a joint drill simulating an emergency rescue exercise following a auto crash.

"They have taken one of the foundational landmarks of Jewish history and have appropriated it as their own", he adds. More generally, it marked a week's worth of disturbances in British-controlled Palestine, in which Arabs attacked and killed their Jewish neighbors, with there being some attacks by Jews on Arabs.

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