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Israeli police: Palestinian attacker shot dead in Jerusalem

08 May 2017

Regev raised the issue demanding to expel the United Nations headquarters in the wake of a UNESCO (the UN's cultural agency) vote last week that passed a resolution criticizing Israeli policy in Jerusalem. Palestinians wholly supported the resolution, as they want to see the formation of a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, and their approval just reveals the underlying Palestinian hatred of Israel; incidentally, a two-state solution was proposed when Israel was founded, but Palestinians rejected the opportunity.

Last October, UNESCO passed two separate resolutions ignoring Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem's holy sites.

Such activities by an occupying power are illegal under global law, said the resolution, which several Arab countries had tabled.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the resolution diminishes Jewish ties to the city and said said he will withhold one million USA dollars from the United Nations. He said UNESCO is "trying to deny this simple truth".

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The resolution deals with Israel's archaeological excavations in the Old City, home to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock shrine and ancient Jewish temples.

In fact, Jews constituted Jerusalem's largest religious group as early as the mid nineteenth century and the city served as the Judean capital for a thousand years from the King David to the Roman dispersion.

The UNESCO resolution said Israel had taken actions that have "altered, or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City".

The resolution, introduced by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan and passed by UNESCO on Tuesday saw 22 countries casting their votes for the motion versus 10 against.

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Critics have described the proposed legislation, which also declares that the "right to self determination" in Israel is "unique to the Jewish people" as impinging on the rights of its Arab minority, who make up some 20 percent of the population. Not at all. Judaism has been practiced in the Holy Land for thousands of years, dating back to Biblical times and spanning to the present-day Jewish state, so UNESCO's decision to omit the mention of Jewish heritage in Jerusalem from its controversial resolution demonstrates that it is not capable of recognizing fallacy in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Elias Wadih Sanbar, the Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO, said Tuesday's resolution was part of efforts to "stop giving a kind of blank check to an occupier that is acting with total illegality and impunity".

"Our opinion is very clear", Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said.

The Israeli premier also noted that he had ordered the Foreign Ministry to "cut an additional $1 million from the money Israel transfers to the United Nations".

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What are the Palestinians saying?