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UN says West Bank site a mosque, but Israel disagrees
October 29th, 2010
03:22 PM ET

UN says West Bank site a mosque, but Israel disagrees

A UN agency's decision to identify a Jewish holy site in the West Bank as a mosque has prompted cries of bias and distortion from Israel.

"It displays brazen political bias and stands in total contradiction to the organization's declared purposes of advancing education, science and culture" said Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor of a recent statement by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

In a statement released earlier this week regarding a vote of it's executive board of UNESCO said:

"The Palestinian sites of al-Haram, al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque/Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem: the Board voted 44 to one (12 abstentions) to reaffirm that the two sites are an integral part of the occupied Palestinian Territories and that any unilateral action by the Israeli authorities is to be considered a violation of international law..."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Israel • Middle East • Mosque • Palestinians

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