The United Nations’ cultural agency passes a resolution that indicates rejection of the Jewish state’s sovereignty in any part of Jerusalem.
The resolution is adopted, with 20 countries voting in favor, 22 abstaining and 10 opposing.
The US, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Lithuanian, Greece, Paraguay, Ukraine, Togo and Germany all voted against the resolution.
Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed UNESCO over the resolution.
“There is no other people in the world for who Jerusalem is as holy and important as for the Jewish people, Netanyahu says at the annual Bible Quiz competition finals on Independence Day. “Even though a meeting will take place at UNESCO today that will try to deny this historical truth.”
“We denounce UNESCO and uphold our truth, which is the truth,” he adds.
The resolution also harshly criticizes the Israeli government for various construction projects in Jerusalem’s Old City and at holy sites in Hebron, and calls for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza without mentioning attacks from the Hamas-run Strip.
— with Raphael Ahren