The Australian and New South Wales (NSW) governments joined the president of Australia’s International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Ian Travers to announce that Sydney will host 1,200 global heritage experts in 2020, at the next Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS.
Recent Israeli-imposed restrictions on Palestinians’ worshiping at the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the most important holy sites in Islam, have escalated tensions between the two sides. Clashes between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli regime forces outside the mosque compound continued for a sixth day in a row on Thursday. The scuffles left at least 50 Palestinians injured, some of them in critical situation and at least one of the protesters needed surgery. To discuss the new wave of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, Press TV has interviewed with Catherine Shakdam, director of the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies from London, and Maxine Dovere, a reporter and political commentator from New York.
Safeguarding cultural property that combatants aim to damage encompasses part of larger endeavors to defend human rights and universal values, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, calling on the international community to intensify efforts to protect such treasures and end their illicit trafficking.