Tuesday, October 11, 2011

To Push The Palestinians To The Status Of World Heritage For The Birthplace Of Jesus

The Palestinians seek world heritage of the birthplace of Jesus' once the United Nations cultural agency to grant them a full member, and then nominate other sites in the territories occupied by Israel in the same position, the official said.

Hamdan Taha, a minister of the Palestinian Authority, dealing with antiques and culture, said UNESCO was the accession of Palestinian natural law. It is described as "regrettable" the objections of some governments, including the United States.

UNESCO Council decided last week that the Member States to vote on an application for full membership of Palestine, considered part of a Palestinian in Israel's opposition disk and the United States to be recognized as a state in the system United Nations.

"Being a member of UNESCO is a message of justice and rights. Why is that the Palestinians will remain outside the international system?" Taha said. "I see this as the culmination of long efforts in the last 20 years."

He said that after receiving full membership in UNESCO, to ensure the Palestinians do not want to revive the World Heritage List of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, revered as the birthplace of Jesus's appointment was rejected this' year because the Palestinians were not a full member of UNESCO.

"This is a simple example of how Palestine has not been able to preserve its cultural heritage through the tools provided to each state in the world," said Taha.

"We ask the World Heritage Committee to enable this application," said Taha. "We expect that when Bethlehem, the other sites will follow."

These will likely include Hebron, an ancient city, is home to a shrine holy to Jews and Muslims, which is one of the most unstable of the West Bank.

The Palestinian vote on membership is expected that the General Conference of UNESCO, which runs from October 25 to November 10. The Palestinians have observer status with UNESCO since 1974.

U.S. opposes move, considering it as part of a unilateral offer to the Palestinians ignore the two decade-old peace process. Washington says talks with Israel are the only way to achieve the goal of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

UNESCO is the first UN agency to join the Palestinians have full order since President Mahmoud Abbas submitted his application to become a member state of the United Nations on September 23, also face the United States opposed firmly.

Israel's ambassador to UNESCO has condemned the decision, saying that politicization of UNESCO undermine their ability to fulfill its mandate.

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