World Bulletin / News Desk
Fifty Jordanian lawmakers on Tuesday urged the government to take a stand against Israeli attempts to "Judaize" the Jerusalem villages of Lifta and Ein Karem.
"The so-called 'Israel commission for UNESCO' has recently proposed the inclusion of Jerusalem's Lifta and Ein Karem villages on [UNESCO's] World Heritage List as 'Jewish historical sites'," the MPs said in a joint statement.
"The villages of Lifta and Ein Karem were occupied by Israel in 1948. They are Arab villages the residents of which were forcibly expelled from their land by Zionist gangs," added the legislators.
Israeli media recently reported that the Israel National Commission for UNESCO had proposed including the two villages on UNESCO's World Heritage List as "Jewish" historical sites.
The Jordanian lawmakers condemn the Israeli attempt "to Judaize the villages and falsely portray their Palestinian heritage as Jewish."
They also called on the Jordanian government to "take urgent action to thwart this Zionist plan and urge UNESCO to reject Israel's proposal."
In line with a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, Jordan oversees all Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
Last month, the Arab League issued a statement calling on the international community and civil society organizations to stop Israel's plan to Judaize the village of Lifta and "falsify its history."
In 1948, some 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes – or were forcibly expelled by Jewish forces – after the creation of the new state of Israel, while hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns were razed to the ground.
Since its establishment 66 years ago, Israel has continued to misappropriate Palestinian land in the West Bank – on which it continues to build Jewish-only settlements – in breach of international law.
Palestinians, for their part, demand the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with Jerusalem – currently occupied by Israel – as its capital.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Mart 2015, 16:55