Haley Calls UNESCO Hebron Motion "an Affront to History," Says U.S. to Review Ties

(U.S. Mission to the UN) U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Friday: "UNESCO has voted to designate the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as part of Palestinian territory and a World Heritage site despite protests by the United States, Israel, and other countries. The UNESCO vote on Hebron is tragic on several levels. It represents an affront to history. It undermines the trust that is needed for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to be successful. And it further discredits an already highly questionable UN agency. Today's vote does no one any good and causes much harm." In 2011, the U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it admitted the Palestinians as a Member State, but it is still on the Executive Board. The U.S. is currently evaluating the appropriate level of its continued engagement at UNESCO.

2017-07-10 00:00:00

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