Palestinian deputy ambassador to UNESCO Mounir Anastas, speaks to the media as he walks out of the meeting room at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, Monday Oct. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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The U.N. cultural agency Tuesday adopted an Arab-sponsored resolution condemning Israel's actions at a flashpoint holy site in occupied East Jerusalem, deepening anger in the Jewish state.The UNESCO resolution on occupied Palestine was endorsed Tuesday by the agency's executive board at its headquarters in Paris, after being approved at the committee stage last week.Israel suspended its cooperation with UNESCO last week in response to the draft resolution and its ambassador, Carmel Shama Hacohen, accused the Palestinians of playing "games" Tuesday.Israel is furious that the resolution refers to the Old City site in Jerusalem by its Muslim name, Al-Aqsa or Al-Haram al-Sharif.Since 2011 when Palestine was admitted to UNESCO, the body has been the scene of numerous diplomatic spats resulting from resolutions condemning Israel, most recently in April but also in October last year.Israel's envoy to UNESCO defended the Jewish state's suspension of its cooperation with the organization as a "proportional reaction" to the resolution passed Tuesday.
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