Abbas at UN accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of ethnic cleansing Thursday for building settlements in east Jerusalem. “It is a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people via the demolition of their homes,” Abbas said in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

Unesco Adds Nativity Church in Bethlehem to Heritage List

Beirut, Lebanon – The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, along with the Pilgrimage Route, was added on Friday to Unesco’s World Heritage List, a move that was celebrated by Palestinians who hailed it as a significant political and diplomatic achievement as much as a cultural one.

Nations seeking Syria’s expulsion from UNESCO HR committee

A group of Western and Arab nations are seeking the expulsion of Syria from the U.N. cultural agency’s human rights committee, diplomats said, the latest international effort to isolate Damascus over its violent crackdown on domestic unrest. The U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) executive board,

Palestinians win a vote on bid to join UNESCO

Despite strong opposition from the United States, Germany and several other European states, the Palestinians gained initial approval on Wednesday of a bid for full membership in UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — as part of their broader campaign for recognition as a state by the United Nations Security Council.