UNESCO votes in resolution denying Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem, claims archeological excavations in Old City are “illegal”; Israel: Jerusalem is the eternal home of the Jewish people, and no resolution by UNESCO can alter reality.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voted in yet another resolution claiming Israel has no sovereignty over its capital, Jerusalem, the proposal condemning Israel’s archeological excavations in Jerusalem’s Old City as “illegal”.
The proposal was submitted to UNESCO by Jordan on behalf of the Palestinians and voted in Wednesday in Krakow during UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. The resolution comes before an additional proposal to pass a resolution claiming that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron is a Muslim holy site, as UNESCO continues to claim Jewish sites as strictly Muslim holy sites.
Israel has been lobbying to create a coalition majority to vote against Hebron resolution to be voted on Monday. 7 of the 21 member body votes are needed to block the resolution.
10 countries voted in favor of the resolution including Azerbaijan, Cuba, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Burkina Faso, Jamaica and The Philippines voted against the resolution, with eight states abstaining.
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs slammed the resolution, releasing the statement Wednesday “This is another absurd and irrelevant resolution by UNESCO, which works in the service of the enemies of history and truth. Jerusalem is the eternal home of the Jewish people, and no resolution by UNESCO can alter reality.”