Israel blasts Unesco as ‘shameful and anti-Semitic’ after vote over ancient city of Hebron

Israel branded Unesco “shameful and anti-Semitic” and called for the US to slash its funding after the global heritage organisation passed a pro-Palestinian resolution about the flashpoint city of Hebron.

Hebron is the largest city in the occupied West Bank and its ancient quarter is home to a religious site which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims, known as either the Tomb of the Patriarchs or the al-Ibrahimi mosque.

Unesco voted on Friday to recognise both the religious site and the Old City around it as Palestinian heritage sites, infuriating Israelis who believe Hebron is the birthplace of the Jewish people. The body also voted that the Israeli occupation was endangering the site.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    Israel can act unilaterally by shutting down U.N. operations in both Israel and surrounding territories, closing U.N. offices and expelling their foreign personnel.

    • shasta

      Israel should annex the west bank and remove all the foreigners from their newly enlarged country.

  • Observer

    Democracies should stop all funding to the corrupt United Nations.