A picture shows on October 14, 2016 the Dome of the Rock, in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's old city. AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA
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A top official with the U.N. cultural body UNESCO called Friday for an upcoming vote on two resolutions on occupied East Jerusalem to be delayed after fierce protests from Israel.Earlier Friday, Israel announced it was suspending cooperation with the Paris-based U.N. body over the resolutions, passed at committee stage Thursday.Earlier Friday, Bokova distanced herself from Thursday's resolutions.This latest row comes six months after UNESCO adopted in April a resolution on the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, that failed to mention the site's Jewish name of the Temple Mount.Bokova condemned the religious and cultural divisions being played out in the U.N. body that was created in part to further cross-cultural understanding.Bokova has no official control over resolutions, which are sponsored and voted on by member states.
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