Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Israel using UNESCO dues for Hebron Jewish heritage

REROUTED FUNDING: ISRAEL TO DEVELOP HEBRON HERITAGE WITH UNESCO CASH. Israel and the United States stopped paying their UNESCO dues in 2011, after the organization became the first UN organ to recognize Palestine as a member state (Tovah Lazaroff, Jerusalem Post).
The government is set to fund increased development of Hebron’s Jewish heritage, with money it saved by not paying its annual dues to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The cabinet is expected to vote Wednesday to reallocate NIS 3.5 million of what it would have spent on UNESCO dues in 2017 to the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, with specific instruction to spend it on development of Jewish heritage sites in Hebron.

Background on the falling out of UNESCO with Israel and the U.S.A. is here and links. For the UNESCO resolution on the Cave of the Patriarchs mentioned in the article, see here and links.

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