Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that after the UNESCO declared the Old city of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs Palestinian cultural heritage, it will reduce the amount transferred by Israel to the UN, one million dollars and send them to support projects for the preservation of Jewish heritage in Hebron, according to «Maariv».
— UNESCO declared the Old city of Hebron to Palestinian cultural heritage
In particular, the money will be spent on the creation of the Museum of Jewish heritage in Kiryat Arba and Hebron.
Netanyahu said that in Hebron, burial place of the patriarchs of the Jewish people, and stressed that only where there is an Israeli presence it is possible to speak about freedom of religion for all.
We will remind that on Friday, July 7, the UN Agency for education, science and culture (UNESCO) at the 41st summit of the organization in Krakow declared the Old city of Hebron (al-Khalil) and the Cave of the Patriarchs (Haram al-Ibrahimi) of the Palestinian cultural heritage site of worldwide importance.
For approval of the resolution required a two-thirds vote of the 21 members of world heritage Committee of UNESCO. The decision was taken by 12 votes in favor and three votes against, and six abstentions.
Poland, Croatia and Jamaica demanded a secret ballot. Some summit participants objected to this decision. In particular, against it strongly objected to the representative of Israel to the Carmel Shama-Cohen. In the end, the vote was still secret, but in full view of everyone.
The recognition of the Old city of Hebron and the cave of the Patriarchs by a Palestinian cultural heritage was submitted by the representatives of the Palestinian authority. The paper argues that this area is under threat, and that Israel inflicts damage to property located in the Old city of Hebron. Thus Hebron was referred to as the Islamic city and denying the connection of the Jews with him.
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