Israeli military forces on Friday bowed to pressure from Jewish settlers and silenced the call to prayer at the historic Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron).
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As of January 1, 2019, the United States has officially withdrawn from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), one The United States has withdrawn from UNESCO in protest of the organization’s recognition of cultural sites in the West Bank.
The UN agency recognised two Hebron landmarks as belonging to the State of Palestine…
Israel and the United States stopped paying their UNESCO dues in 2011, after the organization became the first UN organ to recognize Palestine as a member state. The government is set to fund increased development of Hebron’s Jewish heritage, with money it saved by not paying its annual dues to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
How disparate approaches to international law play out at the organisation.
Around the world, the media has reported that the US and Israel have pulled out of Unesco because the international organisation is partisan regarding Israel. Do disparate approaches to international law and peace plans automatically put Unesco at odds with Israel and the US?
More than 135 states in Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe have diplomatically recognised Palestine. Israel and the US do not and remain critical of Unesco since the 2011 admission of Palestine as a member state, arguing that Palestinians should pursue rights through bilateral negotiations with Israel in the framework of a peace plan, not through United Nations agencies.
The US still owes UNESCO millions in arrears.
In a widely anticipated move, the Trump administration announced on October 12 that it is to withdraw from UNESCO, the 72-year-old UN agency which protects the world’s cultural heritage. It is a move that benefits few.
Much of UNESCO’s work – which coordinates international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication – is transformational. While it will continue to operate, the US withdrawal will weaken its finances and central policy focus. The impact of future cultural interventions by the US in other countries may also be weakened, and it will open itself to criticism that they are merely exercises in American soft power.
A communique from the US Department of State cited “US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO”.
US to withdraw from UN cultural organization UNESCO on December 31, 2018, citing its anti-Israeli bias, as reflected by recent decisions naming Hebron Old City ‘Palestinian World Heritage Site’; decision also serves as cost-saving measure for US; Sect. of State Tillerson seeks to pay American debt to organization, then withdraw.
The United States is planning to officially announce its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) due to its anti-Israeli stances, American news site Foreign Policy reported Thursday.
The State Department officially anounced the withdrawl, slated to take effect December 31, 2018, saying, “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”
From the very beginning of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, successive Zionist government have been working to change the geographic and demographic status of the Palestinian cities with the aim of wiping out their genuine Arab characteristics and obliterating their Arab Islamic heritage. The sinister Israeli policy has been based on confiscating Palestinian lands and constructing settlement blocks to absorb thousands of Jewish settlers coming from various states around the world with the aim of perpetuating the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories..
The UNESCO has approved a Palestine-proposed resolution, declaring the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron) a protected heritage site in a secret ballot despite Israeli attempts to thwart the vote.
As a young boy growing up in Bethlehem, I was often excited when our family had company. My dad, a Christian clergyman, loved to take us and the guests to Hebron.
Dad would take us to the Cave of the Machpela, situated within the Ibrahimi Mosque, where Abraham and his family are buried and would tell the story of how Abraham obeyed God’s calling even when it came to the request to sacrifice his own son. He would also tell us that the son in the Biblical story was Isaac, son of Sarah, while in the Koran the story refers to Ishmael, son of Hagar.
For us kids, the visit to Hebron, or alKhalil in Arabic (the Arabic name means “companion”, in reference to Abraham being God’s companion), was never complete without purchasing some of the amazing grape products.
If you are in Palestine this summer, make sure you visit the ancient city of Hebron! Earlier in July, Hebron was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This decision was voted on with 12 members on the 21-member World Heritage committee in favor, 3 against, and 6 abstentions.
Hebron, or as known in Arabic, al-Khalil al-Rahman meaning “the friend of God” is about thirty kilometers away from Jerusalem and is famous for its abundant grape vines. The city is an important site to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike. To Muslims, Hebron is the fourth holiest site after Makkah, Madina, and Jerusalem. In the Old City of Hebron, you can find al-Haram al-Ibrahimi (Ibrahimi Mosque) or the Tomb of the Patriarchs, where the tombs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as their wives, exist.
UNESCO’s 2017 update saw the global body add 21 sites to the existing list.
If you’re an avid fan of historic sites, you probably know how important the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list is.
Each year, UNESCO determines a number of new sites to be granted ‘World Heritage’ status based on six cultural and four natural criteria. In the list’s 2017 update, three Middle Eastern locations have been chosen for having an “outstanding universal value.”
This year’s update saw the global body add 21 sites, which will be made official during the 41st annual World Heritage Committee session in Poland.
These three Middle Eastern locations are a definite must-add to your Middle Eastern heritage sites bucket list.
The old city of Hebron (Palestine)