November 4, 2010
Posted: 1956 GMT
Following up on our previous post about Israel's anger over the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) designation of a West Bank religious shrine as a mosque, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has decided to stop working with the UN agency.
In a statement Israel's Deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, announced "the suspension of Israel’s cooperation with the organization (UNESCO) in the implementation of the five resolutions until these outrageous pronouncements are rescinded"
Ayalon went on to say that the UNESCO recommendations were based on the "automatic Arab majority" in the agency and that it had become a "rubber stamp" of the Palestinian Authority.
An Israeli government official said the move was meant to "send a message" to the UN agency about Israel's "extreme displeasure" with the mosque designation which the official called a "negation" of not only Jewish and Christian tradition but of Islamic history as well.
The press office at UNESCO had no immediate comment about the latest criticism.
Posted by: Kevin Flower
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