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Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO over Jerusalem

Baku – APA. Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO Friday after the UN cultural organisation adopted two resolutions on the occupied Palestinian territories including annexed east Jerusalem ahead of a final vote next week, AFP reports.

In a letter sent to UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Education Minister Naftali Bennett accused the body of ignoring "thousands of years of Jewish ties to Jerusalem" and aiding "Islamist terror."

"I have notified the Israel National Commission for UNESCO to suspend all professional activities with the international organisation," he said.

The two resolutions, which were put forward by Arab countries including Egypt, Lebanon and Algeria, were adopted by 24 votes to six with 26 abstentions and two absentees.
  • 14 October 2016
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