Israel freezes Unesco ties for ‘denying Jewish holy sites’

69767890100792640360noIsrael has frozen co-operation with the UN’s cultural agency, accusing it of denying Judaism’s connections to the religion’s holiest sites. Its education minister said a Unesco draft decision concerning Jerusalem “denies history and encourages terror”.It comes after the body approved a text which repeatedly used only the Islamic name for a hilltop complex which is also the holiest site in Judaism. The site is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Haram al-Sharif to Muslims. The draft decision, submitted by several Arab countries, criticises Israel’s activities at holy places in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Read More