UNESCO Names Ancient Jericho A World Heritage Site in Palestine
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named Ancient Jericho (Tel es-Sultan) as a World Heritage site on Sunday, September 17. The vote was initially held at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, reports say.
UNESCO's website saw the site affiliated with the "State of Palestine," which brought the number of inscribed Palestinian sites to four. Israel quit UNESCO in 2019.
UNESCO had previously designated three other sites in Judea and Samaria as World Heritage sites: the Church of the Nativity, Battir hill landscape of grapevines and olive trees, and the Old Town in Hebron, American media reported. Ancient Jericho is considered one of humanity's oldest-known villages, dating back to 2,600 B.C.
The Israel Foreign Ministry expressed its opposition to this decision and disclosed in a statement that Israel will act against its many friends in the organization to change all the distorted decisions that were made.
Professor Eugene Kontorovich, director of international law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum, said that the UNESCO decision "ethnically cleanses Jews from the history of ancient Jericho - even as the Jews worldwide were busy celebrating Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year."
Shlomo Ne’eman, Mayor of the Gush Etzion Regional Council and Chairman of the Yesha Council stated that “we received additional evidence that the Palestinian Authority continues to fight us using all the means at their disposal, including desperate attempts to involve our history. (JPost / VFI News)
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