Palestinian Tourism Ministry Plans to Submit 20 Locations for World Heritage Site Consideration


Assistant deputy Minister of Antiquities at the Ministry of Toursim Hamdan Taha on Wednesday said that the ministry would ask UNESCO, the body of which Palestine is now a member, to add 20 historical and archeological locations to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

“This list was ready 10 years ago,” Taha told the official Voice of Palestine radio. “The Palestinian Authority (PA) is now able to sign the International Heritage Protection agreement and claim authority as a member state of UNESCO.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESC) accepted Palestine as a member in landslide vote on Monday. The United States, which used to provide UNESCO with 22% of its funding, opposed the move and cut off money as a result.

The locations to be included are the old cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, and Nablus as well as the archaeological site of Tell al-Sultan in Jericho, Qumran on the banks of the Dead Sea, the old Gaza port of al-Balakhya, the Umm al-Rihan forest west of Jenin, the Gaza Valley and the South Hebron Hills.