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UNESCO puts Hebron in danger list

UNESCO puts Hebron in danger list

Samuels warned that Tuesday's vote was "the advance charge for the demand in the next few days for the Palestinization of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs", referring to a forthcoming vote - scheduled for Friday - on a Palestinian attempt to have a venerated Jewish holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron designated as an "endangered" site of "Palestinian heritage".

About 1,000 Israeli settlers live in the heart of the city and for years it has been a place of religious friction between Muslims and Jews.

"This vote is considered a success in the diplomatic battle Palestine is fighting on all fronts".

"UNESCO's decision to recognize the Cave of Patriarchs as a Palestinian heritage site is a despicable falsification of history".

On Thursday, Deputy Mayor of al-Khalil, Yousef al Jabari, said that Tel Aviv was seeking to thwart Palestinian efforts to include the city, which is also home to the Ibrahimi Mosque, on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger.

"The UNESCO vote on Hebron is tragic on several levels", Haley stated, after UNESCO's World Heritage Committee passed the resolution by 12 votes to six, with three abstentions, during its annual meeting in the Polish city of Krakow.

Rula Ma'ay'ah, Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, called the listing a "historic achievement, which affirms the Palestinian identity of Hebron and Al-Ibrahimi mosque, that belong to the heritage of the Palestinian people".

"The @UNESCO decision on Hebron & Tomb of Patriarchs is a moral blot." foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted shortly after the vote.

Israel's education minister Naftali Bennett accused the body of acting as "a political tool, rather than professional organisation".

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But Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said UNESCO's "automatic Arab majority succeeded in passing the proposed resolution that attempts to appropriate the national symbols of the Jewish people". The way this story is worded erases this Jewish history and connection and makes casual readers believe that Jews and/or Israelis are claiming a Muslim site as their own.

Israel's ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama Hacohen laughed off the resolution on Friday, saying his plumbing at home was more important.

"We intend on making sure that Hebron remains Jewish".

"Clearly, this was yet another politicized, anti-Israel maneuver manufactured by the Palestinian Authority", said Yishai Fleisher, the global spokesman for the Hebron Jewish Community.

Earlier in July 2017, the World Heritage Committee passed a resolution denying Israeli claims to the Old City of Jerusalem.

After the vote, Elias Sanbar, the Palestinian Authority's representative at UNESCO, said that the resolution simply acknowledges that the mosque is in Palestinian territory.

"UNESCO unfortunately succumbed to the manipulations of the Palestinian Authority to politicize holy sites", said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. Netanyahu said in a statement. The resolution also criticized the Israeli government for its archaeological projects in the capital and in Hebron. "When I mentioned that this site will be protected under the new classification, it also means UNESCO will not allow the Israelis to do whatever they want there".

In 1994, an American Jew named Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinians praying at the site, killing 29 before being beaten to death by survivors.