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Israel Rattled By UNESCO’s Palestinian Protection Pledges

Al-Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem. (Photo: via Twitter)
Palestine Chronicle | October 12, 2018

The executive council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has left Israel disquieted, after vowing to effect protections for Palestinian heritage.

A statement, issued by Israel’s United Nations ambassador Danny Danon, said:

“This is an additional proof for those who did not understand why the United States and Israel withdrew from UNESCO. This proves once again that UNESCO is a body based on lies, biases and deliberate action against us. Israel will not be a member of an organization that is trying to rewrite history and accept to be exploited by our enemies.”

The protections cover educational and cultural institutions, the need to protect and preserve the monuments, culture and education in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and to show Israeli violations against Palestinian heritage, cultural and natural sites, particularly the Old City of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Compound, the Church of the Nativity, the mosque of Bilal ibn Rabah in Bethlehem, the Old City and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron (Al-Khalil) and the Gaza Strip.

Israel sternly rejected the mandate which the council unanimously espoused Wednesday during a Palestine resolutions session at the body’s 205th plenary meeting in Paris.

The disputed resolutions detail, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that,

“The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls, a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger, is the sacred city of the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” reaffirming that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the ‘basic law’ on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith.”

The Program and External Relations Commission (PX) of the UNESCO executive also adopted a second resolution to include crimes committed by Israel, such as the destruction of schools and other crimes committed in Khan Al-Ahmar.

The UNESCO declaration stated:

“The two Palestinian sites of Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque/Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem” are “an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and shares the conviction affirmed by the international community that the two sites are of religious significance for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.”

It also added:

“The ongoing Israeli excavations, works, construction of private roads for settlers and of a Wall inside the Old City of Al-Khalil/Hebron which are illegal under international law and harmfully affect the authenticity and integrity of the site, and the subsequent denial of freedom of movement and freedom of access to places of worship.”

Both resolutions are supported by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan.

“Tthe spirit of dialogue and the sense of responsibility that led to this result. A trend towards consensus is now emerging,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay added.

October 12, 2018 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, Timeless or most popular | , , , , ,


  1. Obviously a bunch of anti-Semites.

    Comment by traducteur | October 12, 2018 | Reply

  2. When Danny Danon speaks, recognize it for what it is, Total Bullshit! Danny is like a male Nikki Haley, totally owned by Israel.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | October 12, 2018 | Reply

  3. A significant report, by any standard. Will it gain traction and expose to awful awareness even a bit of the Zionist lust to humiliate, insult, rape et al Palestine — inclusive of the entirety of Islam; and don’t neglect Palestinian Christians and their historic, holy heritage sites — in every way? Almost surely not: the culture of arrogance and impunity is so deeply engrained….

    I’d so like to “rattle,” in some meaningful, tangible way, all the militant/political Zionists soiling and corrupting the world. At the top of my “rattling” list would be “Rev.” John Hagee (Christians United for Israel) and his multitudinous, heretical, aberrant “Christian” Zionists here, there, everywhere. HYPOCRITES!!

    I admit to being put off by “Both resolutions are supported by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan.” Well, duh…I’d damned well hope so. What I would like to see — I suppose I could and should do my own research — is the total number of active members of UNESCO, the total number of supporters/signers (only of the “executive council”?) of these two resolutions, and the names of each country comprising that number…I’m gratified and elated, of course, by the word “unanimously.”

    Surely there’s a US State Department (and/or Ambarrassador Nikki!!) statement equivalent to that of Damned Danon. Let’s hear it, with barf bag at the ready.

    Comment by roberthstiver | October 13, 2018 | Reply

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