Israel Raids West Bank, Detains Six Palestinians Including One Minor

by Noah Mcgee July 10, 2017, 0:16
Israel Raids West Bank, Detains Six Palestinians Including One Minor

The killing of 67 Jews in Hebron by a Palestinian mob in 1929, fueled by violent provocations from Ashkenazi immigrants in Jerusalem, is often seen as a turning point in Arab-Jewish relations.

"UNESCO's decision to recognize the Cave of Patriarchs as a Palestinian heritage site is a despicable falsification of history".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "another delusional UNESCO decision" and ordered that another $1 million be cut from Israel's funding to the United Nations and instead be put towards establishing a museum aimed at showcasing Hebron's Jewish history. "Shame on @UNESCO", he wrote on Twitter after the decision taken in a secret ballot by the World Heritage Committee as it met in Krakow.

After the vote, Elias Sanbar, the Palestinian Authority's representative at UNESCO, said that the resolution simply acknowledges that the mosque is in Palestinian territory.

"Of course this did not prevent the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last Friday from passing yet another delusional resolution which determined that the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the same Cave of Machpelah, is a Palestinian heritage site". "Only in places where Israel exists, like in Hebron, is freedom of worship guaranteed for all", he said.

This is the third Palestinian city listed as a World Heritage site.

"The United States is now evaluating the appropriate level of its continued engagement at UNESCO".

Earlier this week, the committee added the historic centre of Vienna to its list of endangered sites but chose to keep Australia's Great Barrier Reef off, despite concern over coral bleaching.

In his speech to the committee after the vote, the Israeli envoy ended his comments by saying he had to take a call from his "plumber", telling the assembled ambassadors that the call was more important than the decision they had made in the committee.

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Israel has long viewed many United Nations bodies as hopelessly biased against it.

The US stopped funding UNESCO in 2011 after it admitted the Palestinians as a member-state, but it remains a member of the body's 58-member executive board.

Despite the plethora of religious and historically significant sites in the oPt, the tourism industry accounts for just 6 percent of its GDP, according to the Palestinian Investment Promotion Agency.

Israel, which maintains a military occupation of the city, said the wording did not give enough prominence to Jewish history in Hebron.

Jews regard the Tomb of the Patriarch as the burial place of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs.

In 1929, Arabs killed 67 Jews in a rampage still seared into Israeli minds.

Another clear benefit is that Hebron, one of the world's oldest cities, would be entitled to the allocation of immediate assistance from the World Heritage Fund and gain the attention of the global powers.

Hebron's Old City is home to one of the region's most contested places: the Cave of the Patriarchs, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the worldwide community. The International Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy group critical of China, challenged the move, arguing that it would bolster China's efforts to resettle tens of thousands of Tibetan nomads into villages.

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