UNESCO: East Jerusalem part of occupied Palestinian territories

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a statement July 15 confirming the occupied status of East Jerusalem. “UNESCO wishes to reiterate that, contrary to recent claims, there has been no change in UNESCO’s position on Jerusalem,” the statement reads. “In line with overall UN policy, East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, and the status of Jerusalem must be resolved in permanent status negotiations.” The statement notes that the Old City of Jerusalem is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger. “UNESCO continues to work to ensure respect for the outstanding universal value of the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem.” UNESCO had been criticized recently after it emerged that the organization’s website listed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite the internationalā€”and United Nationsā€”consensus that the Eastern part of the city is under military occupation. (Ma’an News Agency, July 15)

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