Despite objections from Israel and the United States, UNESCO granted endangered World Heritage status and critical funding for repairs to the Church of Nativity, the site seen by Christians as Jesus’ birthplace, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Thirteen members of the World Heritage Committee out of twenty one voted in favour of the move at a meeting in St. Petersburg. The decision was met by a standing ovation. (Reuters)
Good ol’ Israel. I’m glad the bid was approved.