UNESCO declares Church of the Nativity a World Heritage Site; Israel and the US throw a tantrum.

How does one even begin to respond to this:

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel and the United States blasted the UN cultural agency Friday after it recognized holy sites in the city of Bethlehem by adding them to a world heritage list.

“This is proof that UNESCO is motivated by political and not cultural considerations,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement following the decision.

“Instead of taking steps to promote peace, the Palestinians are acting unilaterally, which makes peace more distant,” Reuters quoted the statement as saying.

…The US ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion, said he was “profoundly disappointed by the decision”.

The birthplace of the baby Jesus has been declared a World Heritage Site, and because the people who asked UNESCO to do it were Palestinians, it’s a unilateral move motivated by anti-Israel sentiment that “makes peace more distant.” The birthplace of the baby Jesus. 


There are not enough desks in this world for me to :: headdesk :: upon.

But don’t forget kids! Settlements are not the problem. They don’t “make peace more distant,” like, at all.

h/t Maan News Agency


  1. Bookwoman

     /  June 29, 2012

    I was at the Church of the Nativity last month. It’s the only church, of all the ones that Constantine’s mother Helena had built in the 4th c., of which some original parts still remain. Of course it should be a World Heritage Site. I am joining you with my head on that desk.

  2. Bob Jones' Neighbor

     /  June 29, 2012

    But how can the Palestinian people put in that kind of request!? My evangelical friends who went to the Holy Land a couple of years ago told me there’s no such nationality, and no such place as Palestine. (joins in ::headdesk::)

  3. Do the Adelson-backed Likudniks even fricking realize that they’ve now joined the nutbar Islamists Ansar Dine — you know, the guys who sped up their trashings of holy sites in Timbuktu after UNESCO declared them World Heritage Sites — in insane sectarian willfulness? http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8493181

  4. Why did the UNESCO “experts committee” recommend against this fast-track designation? Apparently, the several churches that “share” authority over the Church of the Nativity are a major impediment to repairs.

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