Ramallah: The Palestinian government and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) on Wednesday hailed a new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution refuting Israeli claims on occupied East Jerusalem and calling all Israeli measures there as null and void.
According to WAFA news, Government spokesman Yousef al-Mahmoud said the new resolution comes after a series of previous resolutions all of which emphasize that the Israeli narrative on Jerusalem is fabricated.
UNESCO’s World Heritage Council passed on Tuesday a resolution denouncing Israeli activity in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Jordanian-sponsored resolution called Israel “the occupying Power” in the Old City of Jerusalem and reaffirmed previous UN resolutions denying Israel’s claims to East Jerusalem.
The resolution slammed “the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects, and other illegal practices in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law.”
The draft resolution was submitted by the Arab Group to the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee currently being held in Krakow, Poland.
The UNESCO's Executive Board adopted the resolution with 10 member states voting in favor, three against, and eight abstaining.
Al-Mahmoud called on the international community and all relevant international institutions and organizations to “enforce these decisions on the ground in order to lift injustice, oppression, and domination practiced by the occupying Power against our steadfast people in the City of Jerusalem and against its Islamic and Christian holy places.”
The resolution denied Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem and condemned the archeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the occupied city.
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) also welcomed the vote on Tuesday by a majority of the member states of the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee backing a Jordanian-Palestinian draft resolution on the "Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls".
ISESCO called upon UNESCO to continue its support for the inalienable rights of the Palestinians in its resolutions, in commitment to international legitimacy and UN resolutions.
It also called upon member states to step up their efforts and coordinate initiatives to implement the UNESCO resolutions and recommendations on Jerusalem, mobilize greater support for the Palestinian cause in international forums and defend the right of the Palestinian people to live in their independent homeland in freedom and dignity.