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Israel Scrambles to Quash UNESCO Vote on Holy Sites

Cave of the Patriarchs (Photo: Mark Neyman/GPO)

It comes as no surprise that the always anti-Israel United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) would attempt to pass legislation delegitimizing Israel. And it's no surprise that Israel, and those who stand for her, would oppose such actions. Ynet News' Itamar Eichner reports on the latest vote that Israel is trying to thwart - one that would deny Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem:

Israel is making efforts to quash or defeat a vote set to be held in the coming days by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which will include a clause stating that Israel is not the sovereign power over Jerusalem.

The resolution was submitted by Arab countries and will be voted upon by 21 nation representatives during the UN body’s World Heritage Committee when it meets July 2–12 in Krakow, Poland, for its annual assembly. Israel needs seven votes against in order to block the motion.

The clause about Jerusalem was a last-minute addition inserted into the resolution which already included the notion that the Cave of the Patriarchs will be recognized as a world heritage site.

The declarations within the resolution establishes an international acceptance that the Cave of the Patriarchs is a Palestinian Muslim site, setting the ground for a broader question of sovereignty and the historical right over a place that the Palestinians claim for themselves.

In the context of the peace process, a declaration of the resolution’s adoption would impose limits on Israeli construction, the protection and development of the site and on specific areas in the vicinity.

If the Cave of the Patriarchs is indeed recognized as a world heritage site therefore, Israel will be condemned each time it erects a security checkpoint or conducts work in the area on the grounds that is damaging a world heritage site...

Tags: United Nations , Anti-Israel Bias

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