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Despite Israeli Efforts, UN Committee Votes to List Ruins Near Ancient Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine

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A United Nations conference voted Sunday to list ruins of the ancient West Bank city of Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine.

The decision prompted a harsh response from Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which deemed it in a statement published Sunday evening “another sign of the Palestinians’ cynical use of UNESCO and their politicization of it.”