I didn't realise Israel had put forward Tomb of the Patriarchs, it doesn't feature on the UNESCO sites tentative list
, but guess that is the source of the argument with UNESCO
Trying to tread carefully as I don't want to want to delve too deeply into the world of Middle Eastern politics I found this article
which gives a more 'neutral' view (if such a thing is possible).
Like I said I am not interested in making a political point however it does raise an issue that I have been thinking about. With the Palestinian Authority proposing some biblical tells (perhaps it would be a different inscription from the existent Israeli one) I was wondering if this may stray into the territory of unilateral extensions?
I was thinking about this when I noticed there is a little section of the Great Wall of China in North Korea and wondered if they could propose it as an extension but not consult China on it. Do the existing state parties have a veto on extensions to sites outside there boarders. Could the UK turn around and say they don't want the Frontiers of the Roman Empire 'diluted' by being extended to half a dozen other European nations for example.
I would guess that it would probably mostly be dealt with by some behind the scenes diplomacy and/or institutional inertia. However I was wondering if there were any prominent cases of potential unilateral extensions?