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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Damn the anti-Semitic UN!

An Israeli representive has been elected to sit on the prestigious committee. A nomination supported by 80 nations.

Israel has been selected as member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Committee, a small international panel that consists of 20 members.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said he views the decision as a significant diplomatic accomplishment.

In a vote held Monday at a UNESCO convention in France, Israel was picked to participate in the committee. The representatives of 80 countries supported Israel's nomination for the post.

Israel will be represented at the commitee by architect Michael Turner, chairman of the Israeli World Heritage Committee.

Since it signed the World Heritage Treaty in 2000, Israel has seen several considerable achievements in the field of heritage preservation. Five sites in Israel were declared to be "world heritage sites," including Masada, Acre (Acco,) and Tel Aviv's "White City" (downtown area featuring a high concentration of Bauhaus-style buildings.)

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