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UNESCO adopts controversial resolution on Jerusalem holy sites

The UNESCO executive board approves a controversial resolution that disregards Jewish and Christian historical ties to Jerusalem holy sites.

“It was adopted,” a UNESCO spokesman says of the resolution that last week led Israel to suspend cooperation with the Paris-based agency.

The resolution, sponsored by several Arab countries and passed last Thursday in the committee stage of the UN cultural body, referred to the Temple Mount and Western Wall only by their Muslim names and condemned Israel as “the occupying power” for various actions taken at both sites.

Jewish worshipers pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on October 14, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA)
Jewish worshipers pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 14, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA)

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