Six Arab states are set to submit a proposal on behalf of the Palestinians to the UN’s cultural body to officially claim the Western Wall as part of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound (the Temple Mount), Israel’s Ynet news website reported Friday.The proposal will be submitted in the coming days to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO, by Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, Ynet said.
The Palestinians are not members of the body’s executive council, and therefore rely on one of the 58 member states to submit the proposal. Ynet quoted senior Israeli sources as saying that the Palestinians are also seeking to submit the proposal in parallel to the UNESCO plenum, where they are recognized as a state. The proposal also calls for the international community to condemn Israel for urging “its citizens to bear arms in light of recent terror wave,” as well as recent actions by Israel and the IDF in Jerusalem. The document, a copy of which was obtained by Ynet, refers to Jerusalem as “the occupied capital of Palestine.” MORE