PARIS (France)- UUESCO adopted Tuesday in Paris a resolution declaring al-Quds (East Jerusalem) a cultural heritage of Palestine, in spite of the sharp reaction of Israel, qualified as the "occupying power."
The resolution, voted on October 13, referred to holy sites only by their Islamic names.
During the latest vote, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom opposed the draft resolution, while France was among the 26 countries that abstained.
Twenty-four UNESCO member states, including Russia and China, voted for the resolution.
The director general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, reiterated Friday that the old city of al-Quds (East Jerusalem) is a holy city for the three monotheist religions, recognizing no Israeli sovereignty over the city.