Palestinian village becomes UNESCO World Heritage site
Battir received an emergency nomination to be added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites (Courtesy of Times of Israel)
The cultural arm of the UN added the name of a Palestinian village in the West Bank to its list of world heritage sites Friday, according to Reuters.
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Battir to its list of protected World Heritage Sites. Battir received an emergency nomination during UNESCO's World Heritage committee meeting in Qatar Friday in response to Israel's plans to build a barrier across the ancient rural area.
UNESCO said that Battir was "[recognized urgently in view of] construction of a separation wall that may isolate farmers from fields they have cultivated for centuries," Reuters reported.
Battir, which is home to ancient farmlands and "pictureque stone terraces" were at threat of ruination under the expansion of Israel's wire fence and concrete wall plan.
UNESCO, however, did not explicitly mention Israel in its final decision to award Battir the protection status, rather saying that "the landscape had become vulnerable under the impact of socio-cultural and geo-political transformations."
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