UNESCO: Cave of Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb are Muslim sites

UNESCO Passes Arab Resolution: Cave of Patriarchs ‘Islamic’
by Ari Soffer
October 21, 2015

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution Wednesday listing the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as Muslim sites. The resolution – which passed with 26 in favor, six voted against, and 25 abstentions – condemned Israel for archaeological excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem and particularly near the Temple Mount. An initial draft of the resolution had also called for the Kotel (Western Wall) to be listed as an Islamic site – or more specifically as an “extension of the Al Aqsa Mosque” – but that detail was hastily withdrawn after widespread condemnation, including from UNESCO’s own Director-GeneralREAD MORE

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