Israel Slams UNESCO Vote Calling Hebron a Palestinian Historical Site

Israel Has No Sovereignty over Jerusalem: UNESCO

By the 20th century, access had been restricted to Muslims only, until Israel captured the city during the Six Day War in 1967.

An Arab ambassador to UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural body, apologized on Friday to his Israeli counterpart for voting in support of a resolution that characterized the Old City of Hebron, including the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site, as a Palestinian heritage site "endangered" by Israel.

He tweeted: "This irrelevant organisation promotes FAKE HISTORY". Late past year, the organization also passed two resolutions denying Jewish claims to Jerusalem, just as archaeologists uncovered even more evidence of the centuries-old Jewish presence in Jerusalem.

The move has been met with applause by Palestinians, and condemnation from Israel.

The decision was taken by the World Heritage Committee at a meeting in Krakow.

After a UNESCO resolution in early May that denied Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, Netanyahu also ordered a $1 million cut in Israel's annual United Nations dues.

Both the Old City and the mosque will now be added to UNESCO's World Heritage List and the World Heritage Committee will gather every year to discuss their status.

Jews and Christians also were present in the city at that time, but their activities were limited.

Hebron is the only city in the West Bank to have Israeli settlements at its heart, where a few hundred settlers live surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

"They want to make sure that there will be an global forum to monitor the situation in Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs that will prevent Israel from future transgressions or overstepping its current presence in the city", Reiter said.

Sky News reports on the appalling and ridiculous UNESCO vote that declared the Old City of Hebron a "Palestinian World Heritage Site in Danger".




In heated scenes, Israel's Unesco ambassador, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, reportedly stormed to the desk of the session's chairman after the vote, and accused the committee of not conducting a truly secret ballot.

Another moment of intrigue saw Hacohen take the floor after the vote, only to keep being interrupted by his cell phone.

"And it's much [more] important than the decision that you just adopted", he said.

Two other shrines next to it - the Jewish Tomb of the Patriarchs and the Muslim Ibrahimi Mosque - have been accorded the same tag.

The heritage site in the city, which for Palestinians is often referred to as Khalil, is also thought to include Shuhadah Street, whose heritage Amro has been instrumental in defending.

But Alaa Shahin, from the Palestinian Hebron municipality, said the vote could help encourage tourism.

"The UNESCO vote on Hebron is tragic on several levels", Haley said in a statement released by her office.

Hebron has a long history of violence.

"We'll have a legal body at an worldwide level that will help our efforts to stop any attempts to destroy it", he said.

"The connection between the Jewish People and Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs is one of purchase and of history which may be without parallel in the history of peoples", Netanyahu said. "Not a "Jewish" site?!" he added, listing the biblical figures said to be buried there.

The soldiers also abducted three Palestinians for "helping the workers in entering Israel without permits".

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