Israel Has No Sovereignty over Jerusalem: UNESCO

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The Foreign Ministry labeled the vote a "moral blot" on the world body, while President Reuven Rivlin said that UNESCO seemed "intent on spreading anti-Jewish lies".

He tweeted: "This irrelevant organisation promotes FAKE HISTORY".

He said: 'The Jewish connection to Hebron goes back thousands of years.

The move has been met with applause by Palestinians, and condemnation from Israel.

Emek Shaveh, an Israeli group of left-leaning archaeologists and activists, said that "rather than squabbling and scoring points", both sides should have agreed on inscribing Hebron as a World Heritage site, but added that the Palestinians could also have expanded on Hebron's importance in Judaism. Several hundred ultranationalist settlers live in heavily guarded enclaves in the city, amid about 170,000 Palestinians.

The UNESCO resolution had been pushed hard by the Palestinians, who succeeded not only in getting Hebron declared a Palestinian heritage site, but also in getting the UN body to declare that Israel's occupation was placing it in danger.

While such votes are usually taken by a show of hands, Poland, Jamaica, and Croatia asked for a secret ballot.

Ending his fiery speech to the committee immediately after the vote, Shama-HaCohen said he had to take a call from his "plumber", the Times of Israel reported.

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"And it's much [more] important than the decision that you just adopted".

Following this morning's (Friday) decision by UNESCO to designate the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron as a Palestinian World Heritage Site has sparked great outrage in Israel throughout its political system. "The global community should be aware that efforts such as the Palestinian campaign to claim holy sites through UNESCO, not only undermines efforts to build Israeli-Palestinian trust, but reinforces the perception among Israelis and Jews around the world that the Palestinians do not recognize the Jewish connection to Israel and are not serious partners to peace".

The UN experts also raised concerns about the Israeli military court system, and whether it meets worldwide standards of due process required under global human rights and humanitarian law.

Naftali Bennett, Israeli education minister, condemned the move.

Hebron has a long history of violence.

"Sorry for today, it was too heated, it is hard to say it was a secret vote." the ambassador wrote to Shama-HaCohen in a message. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the global community.

It is most likely that the journalist meant to relay that the site had been built on and modified over the centuries by whomever happened to be in control of the territory at the time.

Adding a site to the list allows the allocation of immediate World Heritage Fund assistance to the endangered property and alerts the global community in the hope it will join efforts to save the endangered sites. Israel says its guardianship of the site is sensitive to the sensibilities of all three faiths.