JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority Cabinet held its weekly meeting in Hebron to protest Israel’s decision to include the Cave of the Patriarchs on its national heritage site plan.
The meeting Monday had been scheduled for Ramallah. The move also was aimed at strengthening the Palestinian connection to Hebron, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Naim Abu al-Humus told Ynet.
Gaza’s Palestinian legislative council also planned to have a special meeting to protest Israel’s decision, with Parliament members in Gaza and Ramallah meeting by video link, according to Ynet. But the meeting reportedly will not take place since the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority will not allow Hamas council members to enter the Parliament compound in Ramallah.
On Sunday, during a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah II called on the international community to protect holy sites in eastern Jerusalem, which he said were threatened by "unilateral Israeli measures."
"Jordan also rejects and condemns the Israeli decision to add Haram al-Ibrahimi and the Belal Mosque to the list of Jewish heritage sites," the king said, referring to the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb.