UNESCO did not remove Jesus’ birthplace, the Church of the Nativity, from its list of World Heritage sites, as a viral post claims.
Hiking in the West Bank is bittersweet because its beauty threatened by Israel; Guardian; Jalal Abukhater
Israeli settlements and checkpoints are encroaching on the only escape from harsh reality available to Palestinians, says Jerusalem writer Jalal Abukhater…
The nongovernmental organization Emek Shaveh, however, is appealing against plans to build a path and an elevator at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the Palestinian city of Hebron.
‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site; Yuval Abraham; 972 Magazine
Palestinians in the agricultural village of Battir, in the occupied West Bank, are increasingly encountering armed settlers who are trying to push them off their land.
Battle rages over Israel’s plan for industrial zone in unique West Bank landscape; Rina Bassist; Al Monitor
Environmental and anti-occupation activists are campaigning against plans to establish an industrial zone near the settlement town Beitar illit, a project they say threatens traditional agriculture and a world heritage site.
Jeopardy! is being slammed by critics after Friday’s episode ruled that the birth place of Jesus Christ is in Israel not Palestine.
A decade in review: the moments that shaped the past 10 years in Israel/Palestine; Yumna Patel; Mondoweiss
Mondoweiss looks back at the past decade and the moments that shaped history in Palestine and Israel.
Palestinian officials are hoping that the nearly-completed restoration will boost tourism at a time when the West Bank remains under Israeli occupation, plagued by a political stalemate and hobbled by high unemployment.
Festivities over Shabbat were centered around the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the large edifice built atop the cave by King Herod over 2,000 years ago.
‘We have the most to lose, but no right to vote’: Palestinians in Area C on Israeli elections; Yumna Patel; MondoWeiss
With the topic of this year’s Israeli election focused heavily on annexation, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in Area C — the more than 60% of the West Bank under full Israeli control — are hanging in the balance. Mondoweiss spoke to three Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank– in close proximity to settlements, Area C, and the Jordan Valley — that would likely be the first ones affected if Netanyahu sees his plans through.
Other regional entries include Hebron in Palestine and historic Petra, but Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro tops the list…
The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) announced Tuesday that it would…
The U.N. cultural agency says Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity is no longer considered an endangered world heritage site thanks to extensive restoration work at the place celebrated for marking the birthplace of Jesus
During a 10-day, TPG work trip to Israel, Lori Zaino decided to take a day trip to Bethlehem after two days touring Jerusalem. Slightly nervous because of logistics, Lori wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as she had to switch guides and vans at the border (Israeli citizens and most vehicles aren’t allowed). But Bethlehem ended …
Palestinian Officials: Baptismal Font Discovered at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity; Al Araby Al Jadeed; Palestine Chronicle
Palestinian officials say what they believe to be a new baptismal font has been discovered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Climate change, armed conflict, and development threaten some of Earth’s greatest treasures—the World Heritage in Danger List calls for their safeguarding.
Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization recognizes cultural and natural sites for their outstanding value to humanity, ranging from beautiful natural landscapes to humankind’s most ingenious constructions.
But as storms batter coastlines, development encroaches on wildlife habitats, and armed conflict devastates communities, millennia of humanity’s shared heritage are at risk.
Established in 1972, Article 11.4 of the 1972 UNESCO convention instituted the List of World Heritage in Danger to recognize sites in need of protection from a wide range of threats, including urban and tourism development, armed conflict, natural disasters, and abandonment. The aim of the list is to increase international awareness, encourage countermeasures, and thwart future damage.
More than a hundred islets off the coast of Pohnpei form the ceremonial site of Nan Madol. Ruins of stone palaces, temples, and tombs dating from 1200 to 1500 A.D. reveal the Pacific Island culture of the Saudeleur dynasty.
Read more from source: 25 World Heritage Sites in Danger