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UNESCO vote on Ibrahimi mosque highlight of dailies — Newspapers Review

Israel is particularly offended because there is an ancient shrine in the centre of the town: known to Jews as Tomb of the Patriarchs, and the second-holiest site in Judaism, and known to Muslims as Ibrahimi mosque.The Unesco’s decision makes Hebron’s old city the third Palestinian world heritage site. “It represents an affront to history”, Haley said in a statement. This would, in effect, force UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to meet to discuss their case.UNESCO’s decision to identify the area, and the Tomb of the Patriarchs, as a Palestinian heritage site, outraged the Israeli government. “Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah — our patriarchs and matriarchs!”.The small Jewish community living in Hebron believes UNESCO is playing a political game that seeks to sever any connection Jews have to the land of Israel.Hebron claims to be one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Palestinians the move is more than just a diplomatic and moral victory as it recognises the outstanding universal value of a city inhabited by more than 200,000 Palestinians and a few hundred odd Israeli settlers.Hebron’s Old City is home to about 800 Israeli settlers, who move about freely under army protection, while thousands of Palestinians are subjected to harsh military rule, roadblocks and checkpoints.”We call upon the government of Israel to issue an appropriate answer to this reprehensible decision: to immediately suspend all payments to UNESCO and transfer those very same funds for projects that will strengthen Jewish Hebron”, said Yishai Fleisher, global spokesman for the Hebron Jewish Community, in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation.World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder also condemned the decision, calling it “the latest Palestinian attempt to exploit the United Nations for political manipulation”.In fact, the resolution did not mention the Cave of the Machpela, and does not designate the site as Palestinian; Netanyahu may be inferring that designation based on the committee’s decision to accept a request from the “state of Palestine”.Like with its earlier targeting of Israel this week over Jerusalem, the UNESCO committee has allowed its work to become tainted by politicization.Hebron is also a stark symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”We can not thank the UNESCO committee enough for voting to protect the Old City of Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque”, Maaya said. As Palestinians gathered to pray, Goldstein opened fire inside the compound, killing 29 people including children.He emphasised that the Palestinian people themselves should take the lead in facilitating the nation’s affairs and guarding the homeland, reiterating that Jerusalem was Hamas’ prime concern and the axis of the movement’s struggle.Haniyeh also thanked all nations, which supported the Palestinian struggle, and sought to formulate relationships with several components of the global community and organisations on the Palestinian cause.