UNESCO Adopts Jordan-Palestine Motion on Israel

Doha, June 23 (QNA) – The 38th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) Monday adopted Jordan and Palestine’s motion that Israel “should immediately stop all illegal excavations that damage the heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem”.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani is chairing the 38th session of WHC, currently in progress at the Qatar National Convention Centre here.

In a secret ballot held today, 12 members voted in favour of the motion, eight refrained and one was rejected.

The WHC said it “regrets the damage inflicted by Israeli security on historic ceramic tiles on the main gates of the Dome of the Rock, and windows of Al Jami Al Aqsa inside the Al Aqsa Compound and told Israel that it should desist from illegal excavations”.

The WHC called on the Israelis to respect status-quo on Al Aqsa Mosque which is an Islamic holy site and an integral part of World Cultural Heritage site.

UNESCO reiterated Jordanian Awqaf is the legitimate authority in charge of maintaining and protecting the Magharbeh Gate Pathway site.

Commenting on the adoption of the resolution, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa said, “This resolution is important since it concerns the Old City of Jerusalem which is a valued world heritage. I hope this decision helps brings unanimity on all issues that affect the Old City of Jerusalem and its surrounding archaeological sites.”
The Old City of Jerusalem embodies hopes, dreams of a dialogue, and alliance between different civilizations and culture based on respect for common values of people, she said.

The WHC Chair stressed damaging cultural, historical and monuments of religious heritage affect humanity. The global community should unite in the quest to protect historic monuments of mankind.

Representatives from Palestine and Jordan at WHC’s 38th session urged UNESCO and the international community to pressure Israel to abide by the international law and Geneva Conventions that call on Israelis to respect the integrity of the occupied heritage sites and ensure Palestinian National Authority maintains them. (QNA)

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