The UN Executive Board’s Commission has adopted two resolutions declaring that both the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and the Tomb of the matriarch Rachel at the entrance to Bethlehem are “an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory”.
The resolutions, promoted by countries such as Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt and Qatar, also condemned the construction of the Security Fence. In addition, the resolutions designate Israel as an “occupier”.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, posted on his Twitter account that with this resolution “UNESCO proves once again to be an organization based on lies and biases and that acts deliberately against Israel. We will never be part of an organization that rewrites history.
Israel withdrew from UNESCO at the end of last year, after repeated resolutions deemed contrary to Israel’s historical reality. Even on his recent visit to New York, PM Netanyahu refused to participate in a UNESCO event against anti-Semitism “because of the persistent and atrocious bias of the organization against Israel.
According to Jewish tradition, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is the place where several patriarchs and matriarchs of the people of Israel such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rivka and Lea were buried. In addition, the matriarch Rachel is buried in Rachel’s Tomb at the entrance to Bethlehem.
In the past, UNESCO also passed resolutions denying the historical connection of the people of Israel with other major sacred sites such as the Wailing Wall and Temple Mount.