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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 14:27

UNESCO adopts resolution calling Jerusalem ‘occupied’

The executive board of the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday passed a resolution describing Jerusalem as “occupied” and challenging Israeli sovereignty over the city.

 

UNESCO adopted the resolution with 22 member states voting in favour, 10 voting against and 23 abstaining.
The resolution states that Jerusalem’s Old City is “entirely Palestinian” and stresses its historical “Muslim and Christian” heritage.

The decision also describes Israel as an “occupying power” that has no sovereignty over the city.
What’s more, the resolution affirms the Islamic character of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron (Al-Khalil) and Rachel’s Tomb in the city Bethlehem.

Palestinian National Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki welcomed the resolution in a statement.
“We will defend our heritage and culture, our past and our future,” Malki said, according to media reports.

Abdulatif al-Qanou, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said the UNESCO resolution refuted Israeli claims on Jerusalem and Palestinian territory.

Citing ongoing Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, Qanou called on the Muslim world and the international community to recognize and practice the terms of the resolution.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It unilaterally annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as its “eternal and undivided” capital in a move never recognized by the international community.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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