PARIS – The language of a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem describing "so-called" Jewish sites and putting the Western Wall Plaza in quotation marks has drawn outrage from the Israeli government.
The resolution , adopted by the U.N. cultural agency's 58-nation executive board last week, condemns the Israeli government's stewardship of Jerusalem. Beyond that, the document carries language decrying the renovation of "so-called Jewish ritual baths" and the alleged creation of "Jewish fake graves."
Sites are either referred to by their Arabic or English names or, in the case of the Western Wall Plaza, the holiest site where Jews can pray, are put in quotes.
Jewish groups were appalled by the language. In a letter sent Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, the Israeli government described the resolution as "hideous."