Tuesday, May 2, 2017

UN Condemns Israel Sovereignty in Jerusalem; Votes for Israel to Rescind Actions to Alter City

UNESCO -- the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization -- voted to condemn Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem today (May 2, 2017) by passing a resolution called "Occupied Palestine" by a vote of 22-10, with 26 countries abstaining or absent, according to the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website.

The resolution calls for Israel to rescind any "legislative and administrative measures and actions" it has taken to "alter the character and status" of Jerusalem.

Submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan, the resolution also criticizes Israel's construction in eastern Jerusalem's Old City and "deplores" the Jewish state's "continuous" closure of the Gaza Strip.

The vote was taken on Israel's Independence Day and follows a highly controversial UNESCO resolution passed last October that ignored Jewish ties to the Western Wall and Temple Mount sites. Today, Israel celebrated its 69th birthday since it became an independent country in 1948.

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