Both the United States and Israel are reacting with outrage today and threatening to defund UNESCO, following the worldwide body's recognition that the Tomb of Patriarchs, in Israeli-occupied Hebron, is a World Heritage site, and one that is considered "in danger".
The Foreign Ministry labeled the vote a "moral blot" on the world body, while President Reuven Rivlin said that UNESCO seemed "intent on spreading anti-Jewish lies". This irrelevant organization promotes fake history.
The city's old souk has also been closed down with Palestinians being forbidden access to it as Shuhada Street now leads to an illegal Jewish only settlement.
By today's vote, the committee failed to take into account its own expert advice, which opposed the Palestinian nomination for failing to properly recognize Hebron's Jewish and Christian heritage.
The membership of this year's Heritage committee includes five countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic ties, and a number of others that routinely support pro-Palestinian resolutions.
The tomb has traded hands many times over the centuries, variously under the control of the Romans, Arab rulers, the Crusaders, the Ottomans, and the British.
Brought by the Palestinians, the resolution declared Hebron's Old City, including areas where settlers live, to be an area of outstanding universal value.
In the resolution, the United Nations agency mentioned that Hebron (and Bethlehem) was an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Al-Ayyam said Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian property in the Jenin district in the north of the West Bank, and the Israeli occupation authorities issued 27 stop-work orders against homes and barns in the town of Yatta, in the south of the West Bank.
The Jewish state also reduced its UN funding by $6 million in the aftermath of last December's UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which described eastern Jerusalem's Jewish holy sites as "occupied Palestinian territory".
The colonisers living in Hebron are protected by hundreds of Israeli soldiers, with Palestinians saying the settlements and heavy military presence are degrading and make their lives impossible.
Jewish tradition claims that Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, are buried at the site.
There was another moment of intrigue when Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, took the floor after the vote but kept being interrupted by his cell phone.
"And it's much [more] important than the decision that you just adopted", he said. It's a key holy site in both Judaism and Islam.
Israeli Government Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right wing Jewish Home Party, called it a "disgraceful vote".
"Sorry for today, it was too heated, it is hard to say it was a secret vote." the ambassador wrote to Shama-HaCohen in a message.
Hebron is a stark example of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
According to reports, Israel and the United States had requested the secret vote in hopes of attracting votes from countries that might otherwise have incurred Arab anger for voting against the resolution.
Hebron has a long history of violence.
In another contentious move, Unesco also approved China's request for special recognition for a vast, traditionally Tibetan region known as Hoh Xil or Kekexili, part of the high-altitude plateau in Qinghai Province roamed by nomads. And the site is in danger?