Saturday, July 8, 2017

UNESCO: Hebron Is a Palestinian Heritage Site; PM Netanyahu Calls Action "Delusional Decision"

The Palestinians hailed a UNESCO decision yesterday to declare the Old City of Hebron an endangered Palestinian world heritage site, a move that sparked outrage from Israel and the U.S., the Times of Israel website reports today (July 8, 2017).

UNESCO's heritage committee voted 12 to three -- with six abstentions -- to give Palestinian heritage status to the Old City in the center of Hebron, home of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, revered as the burial place of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs.

Both the U.S. and Israel protested vigorously against the motion.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed UNESCO for "yet another delusional decision," and vowed to protect the site.

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