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A Palestinian man walked past ultra-Orthodox Jews as they prayed in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem last year. Unesco experts will inspect cultural heritage sites in mid-May.
By STEVEN ERLANGER
Published: April 23, 2013
PARIS — Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to renewed involvement by Unesco, the United Nations cultural agency, in the Old City of Jerusalem. The agreement was a small but significant breakthrough in the often highly politicized workings of the agency.
The deal concerns the Old City and its walls, including the Western Wall and an ascent to the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif. It was brokered in an unusual partnership between the United States and Russia, with the help of Jordan, Brazil and the director general of Unesco, Irina Bokova. As part of the arrangement, the Palestinians agreed to postpone five resolutions critical of Israel that were pending before the agency.