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The U.N. cultural organization declared an ancient shrine in the occupied West Bank a Palestinian heritage site Friday, prompting Israel to further cut its funding to the U.N.UNESCO designated Hebron and the two adjoined shrines at its heart – the Jewish Tomb of the Patriarchs and the Muslim Ibrahimi Mosque – a "Palestinian World Heritage Site in Danger". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called that "another delusional UNESCO decision" and ordered that $1 million be diverted from Israel's U.N. funding to establish a museum and other projects covering Jewish heritage in Hebron.By listing sites on its World Heritage in Danger list, UNESCO seeks to mobilize the international community to protect them.
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