Friday, July 7, 2017

Palestinians hail UNESCO Hebron vote protested by Israel

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).

The decision recognizes the city, including Al-Ibrhimi Mosque, also known as the Sanctuary of Abraham or Tomb of Patriarchs, as Palestinian and in need of protection.

The decision taken in Krakaw, Poland was based on a proposal by Palestinians to draw attention to the situation of the old historical sites that are at risk currently.

Rula Ma'ay'ah, Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, called the listing a "historic achievement, which affirms the Palestinian identity of Hebron and Al-Ibrahimi mosque, that belong to the heritage of the Palestinian people."

This shall "put Al-Ibrahimi mosque and its surrounding under protection from the consequences of Israeli aggression and continued Judaization processes," said Ma'ay'ah.

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Malki said in an emailed statement that it serves to refute Israeli lies about the history of Hebron city, calling it a "diplomatic victory."

The decision drew an angry reaction by Israel, whose representative at the UNESCO left the session in a protest move, after the resolution passed by 12 votes in favor, three against and six abstains.

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