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Die Palästinenser drohen der UNESCO

western-wall„As another UNESCO vote on a resolution that omits Jewish ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem nears, the Palestinian delegation to the organization has threatened the international community, allegedly saying it will introduce text even harsher toward Israel if the resolution does not get full support from the world body. On Wednesday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Committee, currently convening in Paris, is set to vote on the text, which deals with alleged Israeli violations in Jerusalem’s Old City and is similar to a controversial resolution passed by the body’s executive board earlier this month.

In a letter sent to the 21 member countries of the World Heritage Committee on Monday, the Palestinian and Jordanian delegations to UNESCO argue that they had made great efforts “to keep on the Jerusalem Decision consensual language” and that it had been endorsed by all members of the committee. In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Times of Israel, the Palestinian and Arab delegations say they learned that ‚a few member states are still hesitant whether they can commit to our agreement… or not.‘ This hesitance is seen ‚as a retreat from the consensual language,‘ the diplomats wrote. They expect their draft to be adopted by consensus and without a vote, they added. ‚Otherwise,‘ the letter continues, ‚the delegation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the delegation of Palestine would and according to the rules of procedure be obliged to consider other options.‘

The letter does not spell out what these would be, but Israeli officials said the Palestinians, worried about recent diplomatic setbacks at UNESCO, are threatening to further harm the organization’s reputation by pushing through blatantly biased resolutions.“

(Raphael Ahren: „PA warns UNESCO members they’d better support upcoming Jerusalem vote“)



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