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UN: Jerusalem is part of occupied territories

July 15, 2011 2:27 P.M. (Updated: July 17, 2011 11:48 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization released a statement Friday confirming the occupied status of East Jerusalem.

"UNESCO wishes to reiterate that, contrary to recent claims, there has been no change in UNESCO's position on Jerusalem," the statement said.

"In line with overall UN policy, East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, and the status of Jerusalem must be resolved in permanent status negotiations."

"The Old City of Jerusalem is inscribed on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger. UNESCO continues to work to ensure respect for the outstanding universal value of the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem."

UNESCO had been criticized recently after it emerged that the organizations' website listed Jerusalem as Israel's capital, despite the international, and UN, consensus that the Eastern part of the city is under military occupation.

Israel has occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem since 1967 and the international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over any of the occupied territories.
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