UNESCO inscribes Hebron on endangered heritage list

UNESCO inscribes Hebron on endangered heritage list

UNESCO inscribes Hebron on endangered heritage list

This is the third Palestinian city listed as a World Heritage site.

The UNESCO resolution had been pushed hard by the Palestinians, who succeeded not only in getting Hebron declared a Palestinian heritage site, but also in getting the UN body to declare that Israel's occupation was placing it in danger.

Firstly, the resolution stipulated that the two sites had to be classified as Palestinian heritage sites and should be officially added to UNESCO's list. "This vote celebrated facts and rejected the shameless high-profile political bullying and attempts at extortion".

Hebron is the only city in the West Bank to have Israeli settlements at its heart, where a few hundred settlers live surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

Another clear benefit is that Hebron, one of the world's oldest cities, would be entitled to the allocation of immediate assistance from the World Heritage Fund and gain the attention of the global powers.

By today's vote, the committee failed to take into account its own expert advice, which opposed the Palestinian nomination for failing to properly recognize Hebron's Jewish and Christian heritage.

Many viewed Friday's UNESCO decision as the latest example of an ingrained anti-Israel bias at the United Nations and its institutions, where Israel and its allies are outnumbered by Arab countries and their supporters. "Shame on UNESCO", Nashon said. No UNESCO lies and fake history can change that.

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. "I believe this will positively affect the situation in Hebron because now the site is and should be preserved by UNESCO, which is more than needed".

Ms Haley added to the criticism on saying it was "tragic on several levels", adding: "It represents an affront to history".

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The two previous inscriptions were significant statements about Palestinian statehood.

According to the screenshot, after the vote, at 8:11 p.m., the Arab envoy sent Shama-Hacohen a message via the Whatsapp messaging app: "sorry for today, it was too heated, it is hard to say it was a secret vote..."

Palestinians say the heavy Israeli military presence, including a series of checkpoints, is degrading and point out that parts of the city are off limits to them.

"The connection between the Jewish People and Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs is one of purchase and of history which may be without parallel in the history of peoples".

Jews could now pray at the Western Wall for the first time in 19 years and at the Tomb of the Patriarch in Hebron for the first time in 701 years.

"As it is now the settler population has destroyed many important artifacts and structures without looking up any documentation of the historical significance of a building or structure".

A shrine to Goldstein remains in Kiryat Arba, a Jewish colonial settlement adjacent to Hebron.

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