Heritage in the news this week:
UNESCO has voted strongly in favour of membership for the Palestinians – a move opposed by Israel and the United States. Of 173 countries voting, 107 were in favour, 14 opposed and 52 (including the UK) abstained. In response, Washington announced it is cutting funding to Unesco. Its membership dues provide around a fifth of the organisation’s budget.
This illustrates how heritage can be used in many different ways, and the very political nature of heritage.
Here is the news on the BBC:
and the UNESCO statement: