UNESCO declares West Bank shrine as Palestinian, angering Israel

Israeli border police stand guard on the site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron

Palestinians applauded the listing of West Bank's Hebron old city Friday as a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Netanyahu announced that Israel would further reduce its membership dues to the agency by $1 million in protest at the decision, and would instead spend the funds on establishing a museum of Jewish heritage in the Hebron area.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder also condemned the decision, calling it "the latest Palestinian attempt to exploit the United Nations for political manipulation".

"They are trying to rewrite Jewish history and the history of the region", Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told Agence France-Presse. The secret vote of 12-3 with six abstentions drew angry reaction from Israel, whose ambassador to UNESCO left the session held in Krakow, Poland.

"Despite a frantic Israeli campaign spreading lies and distorting the facts about the Palestinian rights, the world has recognised our right to register Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque under Palestinian sovereignty", the statement added.

Bennett, leader of the nationalist Jewish Home party, also heads Israel's national Unesco committee. "The worldwide community should be aware that efforts such as the Palestinian campaign to claim holy sites through UNESCO, not only undermines efforts to build Israeli-Palestinian trust, but reinforces the perception among Israelis and Jews around the world that the Palestinians do not recognize the Jewish connection to Israel and are not serious partners to peace".

Israeli violations against Muslims in occupied Hebron have been a regular occurrence with occupation forces preventing the athan, call to prayer, from being made from the mosque, and closing the mosque altogether to Muslim worshippers to allow Jewish festivals to take place inside.




Khaled Qawasmi, an elected member of the Hebron City Council, said he hoped that the Hebron Municipality and the committee to rebuild Hebron would "take good care of this heritage and act in a unified way to ensure its preservation for future generations".

"Today, Palestine and the world, through UNESCO, celebrate Hebron as part of world heritage, a value that transcends geography, religion, politics, and ideology", the Palestinian Foreign Affairs statement read.

"The Jewish connection to Hebron goes back thousands of years".

Ms Haley added to the criticism on saying it was "tragic on several levels", adding: "It represents an affront to history". It's a key holy site in both Judaism and Islam.

"It is a complicated situation in Hebron but I hope this UNESCO decision can help to improve things, we will see with time what happens".

Hebron is a stark example of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 1994, an Israeli settler shot and killed 29 Palestinian worshippers at the holy site before he was beaten to death. At issue, however, is less the question of one more Palestinian victory toward statehood, but rather world recognition of Jewish history irrespective of geo-political boundaries.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France
Jul 10, 2017 - 00:09
Team Sky announced the news on Twitter, saying: "Sadly GeraintThomas86 has been forced to abandon TDF2017 following that crash". His absence will be a blow to Froome, who is trying to win a third successive Tour de France and fourth title in five years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Roger Federer vs Mischa Zverev, Wimbledon 2017
Jul 09, 2017 - 00:29
Federer zapped his 13 ace to end a slick win in style raising his 2017 record to 27-2 as the Big 4 move forward. Mischa's a great guy and I think we fed off each other and played a good match. 'I think I'm on the right path.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Smiles and thumbs up from woman charged with killing family
Jul 09, 2017 - 00:27
Martinez is being charged with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder, and six counts of aggravated assault. When they arrived on scene, they found the man, identified as 33 year-old Martin Romero and four children deceased.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Assault on Attendant Forces Delta Flight to Return to Seattle
Jul 09, 2017 - 00:27
According to an FBI investigator's account, Hudek was served a single beer on the flight and did not appear to be impaired. A Delta flight attendant was taken into custody when a plane he was working on landed at Detroit Metro Airport on Friday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Celtics Deal Avery Bradley to Pistons, Clear Way for Gordon Hayward
Jul 09, 2017 - 00:25
KCP's production dipped after the All-Star break, and he put up just 13.8 points a game on 39.9 percent shooting on the season. The acclaimed shooting guard was traded Friday , along with a 2019 second-round draft pick, to the Detroit Pistons .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top France Industrial Output Rebounds In May
Jul 09, 2017 - 00:25
Financial markets suggested there was a roughly 1-in-3 chance of a rate hike this year, down from 1-in-2 a week ago. Similarly, manufacturing output dropped 0.2%, offsetting a 0.2% rise in April.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Grabs An A CinemaScore Grade
Jul 09, 2017 - 00:24
At long last, Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studio also has a solid hit right now with " Baby Driver ". Numbers will be released Sunday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump confirms London trip, promises "very powerful" trade deal with Britain
Jul 09, 2017 - 00:21
A spokesman for the monarchy told the BBC that the queen did not mention the visit because no date has been set. The U.K. can not establish a separate trade deal with the USA until it has left the European Union in 2019.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fox Business' Charles Payne Suspended After Harassment Allegations, Probe
Jul 08, 2017 - 00:25
He is married and a father, and acknowledged the extra-marital affair on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 while apologizing to his family. She alleged she was asked to make fewer appearances on Fox after ending an extramarital affair with Payne.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Agent of Leeds United Target Weighs In On Whites Speculation
Jul 08, 2017 - 00:25
Leeds United have not made an approach for Wolves defender Danny Batth, the player's agent has insisted . Anita is a very versatile player although last season saw him play predominantly as a right-back.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Moustakas, Turner named All-Stars in final fan vote
Jul 08, 2017 - 00:23
Turner took first place, edging out the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, Kris Bryant . Want your voice heard? The former second overall pick by the Royals is hitting.275 with 54 RBIs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top You can now reply to Instagram stories with a photo or video
Jul 08, 2017 - 00:22
With this new feature, Users can now reply to Stories with a photo or video by tapping the camera button while watching one. But if the amount of people using Instagram to promote their Snapchat are to be considered, the race is far but won.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Suspicious truck is stopped at gate to Hanscom air base
Jul 08, 2017 - 00:15
It has played a large role in the high tech area in Cambridge, working with MIT and Harvard during times of war in the past. A moving truck that caused security concerns and the partial evacuation of an Air Force base in MA has been cleared.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Horizon: Zero Dawn Gets New Game+ And Ultra Hard Difficulty
Jul 08, 2017 - 00:15
Fixed an issue in "Field of the Fallen" where for some players Erend would not appear and thus blocked progression of this quest. This mode also comes with two new trophies and extra unlockables, like the ability to change Aloy's Focus and add facepaint.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nintendo Releasing 'Nintendo Switch Online' App Alongside 'Splatoon 2' On July 21st
Jul 07, 2017 - 00:34
In addition to online battle results, you can check out the weapons and gear that other Inklings you've played with have used. In 2018, Nintendo plans to begin charging an annual fee of $19.99 United States dollars (about $24 CAD) to play games online.