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ISESCO welcomes inscription of Hebron on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

Rabat (IINA) � The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) welcomed the inscription of the Old City of Hebron in the World Heritage List at the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in the Polish city of Krakow.

In its decision on Friday, the committee considered Hebron’s Old City, a protected heritage site, as an area of exceptional international value.

ISESCO said that the decision affirms the Palestinian identity of the city of Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque and refutes the Israeli claims that the Ibrahimi Mosque should be annexed to the Jewish heritage. The decision also protects the Ibrahimi Mosque and its environs from Israel’s attacks and the ongoing Judaization.

ISESCO called on the international community to work to limit Israeli violations aimed at obliterating the Palestinian identity and falsifying its history and monuments. The Organization also called for continued care for the preservation of Palestinian cultural heritage and for the inclusion of more Palestinian historical sites on the UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger List.

The Old City of Hebron is the fourth Palestinian cultural site on the World Heritage List after inscribing the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls; Bethlehem (Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route); and Battir (Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines, Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem).

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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