UNESCO votes to recognize Hebron, Cave of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage sites

The organization voted in favor of a Palestinian resolution calling to register the old city of Hebron, as well as the Cave of the Patriarchs, to the future state of Palestine.
The Cave of the Patriarchs Photo credit: Wisam Hashlamoun, Flash90/Channel 2 News

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted on Friday to recognize the old city of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage sites.

According to Jewish belief, the Cave of the Patriarchs was purchased by Abraham as a burial plot for himself and his offspring Isaac and Jacob.

Israel's envoy to UNESCO, Carmel Shama HaCohen, called the vote "a disgrace" and said Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, who supported the resolution, was "a supporter of terror."

MKs Yoav Kish (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (HaBayit Hayehudi) said the decision was "a denial of history."

"We call on the government to not only reject UNESCO's decision, but also to make it clear, actively, that the Hebron and the Cave are heritage sites of the Israeli people."

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