In a secret vote today, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named one of the holiest Jewish places a Palestinian site. Arutz Sheva's Chana Roberts reports that Israel lambasted the decision, saying the U.N.'s "hypocrisy knows no bounds":
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Friday announced their decision to award Israel's Cave of the Patriarchs (Me'arat Hamachpela) to convicted terrorist and Hevron Mayor Tiyassir Abu Sanina, as a representative of the Fatah's Palestinian Authority.
The resolution passed 12-3, with six abstentions, and declares the site to be an "endangered" "Palestinian heritage site."
Adam and Eve, as well as Avraham and Sarah, Yitzhak and Rivka, and Yaakov and Leah, are buried in the cave, which Avraham bought from Ephron the Hittite, long before Islam existed.
"The hypocrisy knows no bounds," Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said. "The Palestinians campaign of incitement and lies via UNESCO."
"UNESCO's obscenity has been exposed: While ISIS destroys historical sites in Aleppo, Palmyra, Mosul, and other areas, UNESCO chooses to concentrate on Hevron and the Cave of the Patriarchs, which was never, and were never, under any threat for as long as the State of Israel has existed."
"You cannot rewrite history, and you cannot erase it. Our father Avraham bought the Cave of the Patriarchs and paid for it in full. It is, and has always been, the burial place of our forefathers. Our response will be to strengthen and deepen our connection to the Jewish city of Hevron..."