Occupied Jerusalem , ALRAY - The World Heritage Committee, a subsidiary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), unanimously adopted a resolution regarding the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls during its forty-fifth session held in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.
The resolution reaffirms previous decisions of the Committee and maintains the Old City and its walls on the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. Additionally, it addresses the situation of Hebron and Bethlehem.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomed the Committee's decisions, expressing gratitude to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its efforts in presenting the resolution concerning Jerusalem. The Ministry also appreciated Jordan's work in maintaining consensus in the resolution to keep the city, the capital of the State of Palestine, on the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.
The statement emphasized that Israel's attempts to distort history and culture will fail, and Palestinian diplomacy will thwart all efforts to destroy their heritage, culture, and history. It also asserted that any attempts to replace the facts on the ground with myths and outdated narratives will not succeed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the importance of Jerusalem and the need to preserve it from distortion or destruction, considering it the true beacon of religions and the gateway to the world's historical, cultural, and civilizational heritage, embraced by its Muslim and Christian communities.
The statement emphasized the necessity of implementing UNESCO's resolutions, including the appointment of a permanent representative to Jerusalem to monitor Israel's violations and its attempts at implementing measures of Judaization and destruction aimed at erasing its historical, cultural, and religious landmarks or altering the existing status quo.
The statement expressed gratitude to the member states of the Committee for their unanimous decision to keep the city of Hebron on the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger, especially in the face of the threat posed by the occupation, which seeks to destroy heritage sites, the Ibrahimi Mosque, the Old City, and the actions and crimes of settlers.
The statement called upon UNESCO and its Director-General to expose the settlement plans of the occupying forces and to refrain from endorsing the illusions propagated by the current fascist government regarding undermining the rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination.
The statement urged the international community to assume its responsibilities and take the necessary steps to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian heritage, culture, and history, including the suppression of education in Jerusalem and other occupied Palestinian cities.
The statement urged United Nations organizations, especially UNESCO, to protect the heritage, culture, and history of Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, and to safeguard the cultural heritage of Hebron and Bethlehem from any distortion of their civilizational aspects.
In turn, the Jordanian government expressed its appreciation for the World Heritage Committee's adoption of the resolution regarding the Old City and its walls, reaffirming previous Committee decisions.
The official spokesperson for the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sanaa Al-Majali, stated that the adoption of the resolution was the result of diplomatic efforts by Jordan in coordination with Palestine and the Arab and Islamic groups within the organization.
He further clarified that the resolution and its annexes reaffirm all aspects of Jordan's position regarding the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, including the Islamic and Christian holy sites.
The resolution reiterated the rejection of all Israeli actions aimed at altering the character of the holy city and its legal status, considering them null and void. Additionally, the resolution and its annexes called on Israel to cease its violations and unlawful measures in the Old City and its walls.