UNESCO adopts 2nd Arab resolution on east Jerusalem

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Jerusalem—The UN cultural agency on Tuesday adopted a an Arab-sponsored resolution on east Jerusalem which Israel interprets as passover of Jewish ties to a key holy site. In April, the organization passed a resolution condemning “Israeli aggressions and illegal measures against the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque”. The text, which touches on Israel’s management of Palestinian religious sites, has angered Israel by referring throughout to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem’s Old City — Islam’s third holiest site — only by its Muslim names: Al-Aqsa and Al-Haram al-Sharif.
The site is also revered by Jews as the Temple Mount which housed the First and Second Temples. Palestine’s deputy ambassador to UNESCO, Mounir Anastas, told reporters the resolution “reminds Israel that they are the occupying power in east Jerusalem and it asks them to stop all their violations,” including archaeological excavations around religious sites. It is the second time this year that UNESCO has adopted Arabs tabled resolution on Jersalem.—Agencies