Israel has been exerting pressure to undermine a UNESCO vote on a joint Jordanian-Palestinian draft resolution denying a Jewish connection with Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli news website Ynet News reported on Sunday.
According to the website, UNESCO is set to vote on the draft resolution during the 40th annual meeting of the organisation’s World Heritage Committee which consists of 21 representatives.
The draft resolution denies Jewish connection to all facilities in the holy compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the Western Wall. It also accuses Israel of damaging to holy Islamic sites.
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The resolution calls on Israel to return Al-Aqsa Mosque to its pre-1967 status.
Ynet News said that Israel “is seeking to exert greater pressure on the member states in an effort to prevent a recurrence of what took place in April when the committee unilaterally condemned ‘Israeli aggression’ on Al-Aqsa Mosque and disregarded all Israeli or Jewish claims over the area.”
It also noted that a similar attempt in October 2015 failed when it was brought before the organisation.