Palestinian Membership in UNESCO Challenges Israeli Cultural Theft Policy

With the Palestinians being welcomed as members of UNESCO, a new chapter has opened in the strained relations between Israeli authorities and the Palestinians over historical and religious treasures in the occupied territories. While Israeli military operations have damaged or destroyed many sites, in Nablus and Bethlehem, for example, Israel’s official archaeological and tourism policy attempts to lay claim to many others – especially in Jerusalem, which it claims as the eternal and undivided capital of Israel.