ALRAY - During UNESCO world heritage committee's 83rd session being held in Qatar, the committee adopted Monday a resolution to protect the heritage of occupied Jerusalem and its walls.
12 countries voted for the resolution, eight countries abstained from voting, and one country against it.
Palestinian minister of foreign affairs Riyadh al-Malki praised the resolution and thanked the Arab countries and Jordan for their efforts.
“Despite the occupation’s attempts to remove the Palestinians from Jerusalem and to deform history and demography, Jerusalem will remain the capital of world heritage, and the capital of Palestine,” al-Malki added.
Last Friday, Palestinian village of Battir joined UNESCO's world heritage sites list after an emergency nomination meant to try to block Israel from building a barrier across its ancient farmland.