Monday, November 8, 2010

Israel moves to improve relations with UNESCO after forging holy sites

(Pal Telegraph - Occupied Palestine) The Israeli government is determined to settle existing differences with UNESCO (the UN organization for Education, Science and Culture) in light of the organization’s recent decisions to counter the prior’s practice of adding Islamic holy sites in Palestine to the country’s Jewish heritage list, Israeli media said.

According to Israeli Radio, a series of bilateral talks between Israeli officials and UNESCO representatives will be held in the French capital this week in an effort to solve current disagreements between both parties as relates to Israel’s decision to include a number of religious and archaeological sites in Palestine to the alleged heritage list.

The relationship between Israel and UNESCO reportedly deteriorated after comments by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon announcing a freeze on bilateral relations with UNESCO in light of the organization’s recent decisions denouncing the Israeli government’s plans to include the Ibrahimi and Bilal Bin Abi Rabah Mosques to the Jewish heritage list.

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