UNESCO Declares Hebron Old City A World Heritage Site

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UNESCO Declares Hebron Old City A World Heritage Site

Twelve states on the World Heritage Committee voted in favor of the resolution, and three voted against it. There were other imperatives of course, political and others-but the most important from the enemy's perspective was the element of the infidels who had the nerve to take control over sacred Muslim lands and the need to uproot them from there.

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.

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu called that "another delusional Unesco decision" and ordered that $1 million (€877,000) be diverted from Israel's United Nations funding to establish a museum and other projects covering Jewish heritage in Hebron. Israel strongly rejects Palestinian claims it is trying to change the status quo in either Hebron or in Jerusalem's Old City.

It is now divided into two sectors - one governed by the Palestinian Authority, and one by Israel, which the global community considers an occupation. "Hebron, the birthplace of King David's kingdom, and the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the first Jewish purchase in Israel and resting place of our forefathers - are our People's oldest heritage sites", he said.

"This vote is a success for the diplomatic battle fought by Palestine on all fronts, in the face of Israeli and American pressure on member states", the Palestinian foreign ministry said.

"Meanwhile, the Palestinians praised the move, with the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling it "the only logical and correct decision", and adding that "...

"This place is a historical one with Islamic roots in the ancient times, the present time, and it will stay the same in the future, despite the occupation's attempts to change all realities on the ground".

Some other notable UNESCO decisions. It has taken a tougher line under the Trump administration against what it says is anti-Israel bias among certain United Nations organizations.

Israeli had failed to have the motion on Hebron blocked despite the personal intervention of the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah are all later buried in the same Cave of Machpelah.

At various times it has been conquered by Romans, Jews, Crusaders and Mamluks.

The resolution put Hebron's old city on the UNESCO's list of protected zones, declaring it an area of outstanding universal value.

On May 3, an Israeli settler deliberately ran over an eight-year-old Palestinian child, identified as Laith Yousif Shatat, as the child was standing outside his school in the eastern part of Yatta city, located approximately 8 kilometers south of Hebron (al-Khalil).

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