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Tzipi Livni Defends Hebron at UNESCO

Labor leader rejects PA's bid to remove Jewish character from holy site.

2.7.17, 15:32
(PHOTO: Tzipi Livni meets with UNESCO chairwoman Irina Bokova.)
 
Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni, the co-char of the Zionist Union party (Labor) defended Israel's right to the city of Hebron at the UNESCO conference. This week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is holding the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee in which World Heritage Sites will be determined. Teh Palestinian Authority has submitted a request for the Tomb of Machpela in Hebron to be considered a Palestinian heritage site with wording that ignores any Jewish history. Designating a location as a World Heritage Site is a long process, but the PA has submitted a bid to consider the ancient site a "World Heritage Site in Danger" and thus bypass other criteria.

Numerous Israeli and world bodies have condemned the move with Tzipi Livni being the latest. She attended a UNESCO Women's conference in Paris on Sunday where she said:
Tzipi Livni Defends Hebron at UNESCO

Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni, the co-chair of the Zionist Union party (Labor) defended Israel's right to the city of Hebron at the UNESCO conference. This week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is holding the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee in which World Heritage Sites will be determined. The Palestinian Authority has submitted a request for the Tomb of Machpela in Hebron to be considered a Palestinian heritage site with wording that ignores any Jewish history. Designating a location as a World Heritage Site is a long process, but the PA has submitted a bid to consider the ancient site a "World Heritage Site in Danger" and thus bypass other criteria. Numerous Israeli and world bodies have condemned the move with Tzipi Livni being the latest. She attended a UNESCO Women's conference in Paris on Sunday where she said, "at first I thought I would not come because they have taken terrible decisions, but then I thought, if I am getting a hearing here at UNESCO, I am going to say what I have to, not only on the issue of women, but also what I think about the decisions that are on their table about Hebron next week. They are going to hear what one woman from Israel thinks of these decisions. We can make a difference here. I lead the opposition in Israel, but not an opposition to the history of my people nor an opposition to the truth. These resolutions won't harm my people's ties to these sites, but they will harm UNESCO and the ability to advance shared efforts. This is not the way. It prevents cooperation, the kind we are trying to do here today." She made her comments at a seminar entitled Fostering Women's Empowerment and Leadership" event where she met UNESCO chairwoman Irina Bokova and others. last week, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely met with foreign ambassadors in Jerusalem to decry what she called the "politicizing" of the Unite nations body. She detailed the rich Jewish connection of the city and blasted the "fake history" of the PA. Also over the weekend, ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, an organization of professional that offers advise to the UNESCO World Heritage committee rejected the PA's report. They concluded that the claims focuses too much on Muslim history and ignore the earlier Jewish and Christian connection ICOMOS also said because Israel would not let them investigate the site, they stated, "In the absence of a Field Visit, ICOMOS has been unable to evaluate fully the authenticity of the property or its potential vulnerabilities." "Israel won’t take part in and won’t legitimize any Palestinian political moves under the guise of culture and heritage,” stated Carmel Shama Hacohen, the Israeli Ambassador to UNESCO. #Hebron #UNESCO #TzipiLivni #Women

Posted by Hebron Jewish Community and Biblical Heritage Site on Monday, July 3, 2017
 
 "At first I thought I would not come because they have taken terrible decisions, but then I thought, if I am getting a hearing here at UNESCO, I am going to say what I have to, not only on the issue of women, but also what I think about the decisions that are on their table about Hebron next week. They are going to hear what one woman from Israel thinks of these decisions. We can make a difference here. I lead the opposition in Israel, but not an opposition to the history of my people nor an opposition to the truth. These resolutions won't harm my people's ties to these sites, but they will harm UNESCO and the ability to advance shared efforts. This is not the way. It prevents cooperation, the kind we are trying to do here today."
 
She made her comments at a seminar entitled Fostering Women's Empowerment and Leadership" event where she met UNESCO chairwoman Irina Bokova and others.
 
last week, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely met with foreign ambassadors in Jerusalem to decry what she called the "politicizing" of the Unite Nations body. She detailed the rich Jewish connection of the city and blasted the "fake history" of the PA.
 
Also over the weekend, ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, an organization of professional that offers advise to the UNESCO World Heritage committee rejected the PAs report. They concluded that the claims focuses too much on Muslim history and ignore the earlier Jewish and Christian connection ICOMOS also said because Israel would not let them investigate the site, they stated, "In the absence of a Field Visit, ICOMOS has been unable to evaluate fully the authenticity of the property or its potential vulnerabilities."
 
"Israel won’t take part in and won’t legitimize any Palestinian political moves under the guise of culture and heritage,” stated Carmel Shama Hacohen, the Israeli Ambassador to UNESCO.
 
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- Jerusalem Post

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