UNESCO passes controversial motion calling Hebron 'endangered heritage site in Palestine'

Ahead Of New Vote, UNESCO's Website Acknowledges Jewish History of Hebron

Ahead Of New Vote, UNESCO's Website Acknowledges Jewish History of Hebron

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is expected to vote Friday on a resolution brought by the Palestinians declaring Hebron's Old City, including where the settlers live, an area of outstanding universal value.

The first asserts that Hebron's Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs are Palestinian heritage sites, and will be registered as such in UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Israel's efforts to foil the resolution failed after 12 member states voted in favor of the resolution, three voted against it, and six abstained. Israel requested a secret vote on the resolution but it seems this was not carried out.(ANSAmed).

Netanyahu expressed outrage that UNESCO determined the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron "is a Palestinian site, meaning not Jewish, and that the site is in danger".

Old Testament figures including Abraham are believed to be buried there. Israel contended that its historic links to Hebron were ignored and its ambassador to UNESCO left the session.

On Tuesday in a separate vote, the heritage committee backed a resolution condemning Israeli actions in Jerusalem (Al-Quds), sparking Israeli anger.

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) "anti-Semitic, politically biased and an embarrasement".

"But enough is enough, the worldwide community must once and for allstand up to the Palestinian hijacking of United Nations bodies such as UNESCO for political purposes to spread their campaign of hate, lies and terror against the State of Israel and the Jewish people, " it concluded. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the Jewish state in a move never recognized by the global community.

Hebron, which is holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians, is the largest city in the israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank. And in 2012, the United Nations General Assembly chose to upgrade the status of Palestine to a nonmember observer state of the United Nations.

His comments come after Donald Trump called on Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises for peace, saying he was "personally committed" to helping Israel reach a deal with the Palestinians.

The site is already on Israel's list of national heritage sites, but the Jewish communities in Hebron have long struggled with the Israeli government for more resources, including to for funds to build a roof to cover the man Jewish sanctuary.

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