UNESCO criticized after declaring Jerusalem as Israeli capital

[ 14/07/2011 – 10:19 AM ]

CAIRO, (PIC)– The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has received strong criticism after naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

In closing statements, the administrators of Palestinian affairs conference in Cairo addressed UNESCO’s calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital on its website, declaring it a violation of international law and the UN General Assembly’s decision declaring the city a part of the occupied Palestinian territories.

The conference, which stretched over four days, recommended that the Arab League general secretariat follow the situation and try to reverse it. It suggested sending a letter to the UN general secretariat  and UNESCO discussing the seriousness of the situation.

It also called for twinning Arab capitals with the holy city and called on educational and cultural organizations to twin with Jerusalem organizations to ensure support for the city and its Palestinian natives.

In addition, the conference called on the Arab League to continue discussing the possiblity of prosecuting Israel in national and international courts for its violations against Jerusalem and its people.

The conference also made a focus of the affairs of Palestinian refugees and addressed the UN Relief Works Agency’s removal of the words “relief works” from its title. It said that recent calls for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state were aimed at relinqishing the refugees’ right of return.

The hosting Arab states called on donor states to fulfill obligations concerning UNRWA’s budget, emphasizing the need to cover the agency’s 2010-11 defiict to ensure that it can execute its programs according to previous budgets.

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