Palestinian Unity Pact (2011)

Israel cries foul over UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem's religious sites

Israel cries foul over UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem's religious sites

The United Nations’ cultural agency on Tuesday endorsed a controversial resolution on Jerusalem that Israeli officials have assailed as omitting the historical link of the Jewish people to the city.

The declaration, ratified by the executive board of the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, refers to the Old City’s contested holy esplanade by naming the Muslim holy sites while ignoring mention of the ancient Jewish temple that once stood there.

Though the UNESCO resolution does recognize Jerusalem’s Old City as important “to the...

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