Palestinians to Ask UN to Register Church of the Nativity as a Palestine Historical Site.
Well, they did occupy it at one time…
The Palestinian Siege on the Church of the Nativity
The overwhelming smell of urine was the first thing to hit visitors to Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity after the dramatic and bloody 39-day siege of the compound by the Islamists in 2002.
Palestinian terrorists occupied the Church of the Nativity in 2002.
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem reeked of urine and was strewn with dirty pots and pans, leftover food and mattresses after the Islamist siege in 2002. A Franciscan study hall next to the church which had been gutted by a fire. Pots, pans, blankets, wrappers and filth was strewn around the ancient floor of the historic church.
The Palestinians, under the leadership of the Fatah-Hamas alliance, will ask the United Nations this week to recognize the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a Palestine historical site.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
For the first time in their history on Thursday, Palestinians have the right to act as a state before the World Heritage Committee and ask the UN body to register Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity under the name of Palestine.
The Palestinian Authority has an inventory list of 20 historical, religious, cultural and natural sites over the pre-1967 line that it wants the UN to register.
These range from the old town of Nablus to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. No sites in Jerusalem are on the PA’s list at present.
As an initial step, the PA has asked the committee to consider the Church of the Nativity as a historical site when it convenes in St. Petersburg at the end of June.
Hat Tip Ethel