UNESCO Rejects Israel Sovereignty Claims Over al-Quds

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The UNESCO resolution, passed at the UN organisation's Paris headquarters, criticised actions taken by "Israel, the occupying power.to alter the character and status of the holy city of Jerusalem".

Palestinians want the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for a future state with East Jerusalem as its capital. In fact, it's yet another in a series of UNESCO resolutions denying any Israeli connection to, e.g., the Temple Mount.

It is time to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of the state of Israel. Nahshon said that the two expressed Israel's bitter disappointment in the Swedish vote. It particularly criticised Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem after occupying it in 1967, a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki, welcomed the UNESCO decision on Tuesday.

Resolution 201 EX/PX/DR.30.1 declares as null and void Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem and "r$3 egrets the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under worldwide law".

"There is no other people in the world for whom Jerusalem is as holy and important as for the Jewish people", Netanyahu said in a speech at the International Bible Quiz in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israel's Independence Day. In wake of the resolution, I have instructed Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem to deduct $1 million from the funds that Israel transfers to the UN.

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"To take this vote on Israel's Independence Day is a particularly new low".

Citing ongoing Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, Qanou called on the Muslim world and the global community to recognize and practice the terms of the resolution.

Israel will cut another $1 million dollars in funding to the UN, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at a cabinet meeting Wednesday morning following the passage of a UNESCO resolution critical of Israeli policy a day earlier.

He pointed to the failure of the intense Israeli campaign against the draft resolutions on Palestine and Jerusalem in UNESCO, and the failure of all those who supported undermining these resolutions from countries, groups, institutions and individuals.

Netanyahu noted during Wednesday's meeting that more countries opposed the resolution passed Tuesday than the one passed past year and that fewer countries supported it.