Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon issued a statement condemning the decision of the Executive Council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to protect the Palestinian heritage.
The statement said that "this is an additional proof for those who did not understand why the United States and Israel withdrew from UNESCO. This proves once again that UNESCO is a body based on lies, biases and deliberate action against us. Israel will not be a member of an organisation that is trying to rewrite history and accept to be exploited by our enemies."
The Executive Council of the UNESCO adopted Wednesday at its meeting held in Paris resolutions on Palestine unanimously.
- The protection of educational and cultural institutions,
- the need to protect and preserve the monuments,
- culture and education in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,
- and to show Israeli violations against Palestinian heritage, cultural and natural sites, particularly the Old City of Jerusalem, The Temple Mount, the Church of the Nativity, the mosque of Bilal ibn Rabah in Bethlehem, the Old City and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and the Gaza Strip.
The resolutions also referred to the crimes committed by Israel, such as the crimes in Khan Al-Ahmar, like the destruction of schools and the deprivation of Palestinian children from the educational process and other violations within the competence of UNESCO.