|Christian pilgrims visit the Church of Nativity in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on June 28, 2012.|
"Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki, in St. Petersburg for the vote, thanked all those who voted in favor of including Bethlehem's holiest sites on the world heritage list.
"The victory of Palestine in international organizations is the beginning of the end of the Israeli occupation," Malki said in a statement.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee who heads the group's Department of Culture and Information, told CNN from Ramallah that the vote affirms the Palestinian identity and is one step toward Palestinian self-determination.
"Now we are responsible for our cultural and historical sites as part of human civilization as a whole," Ashrawi said.
"Politically it is important, because it is the beginning of the loosening of the control of the Israeli occupation on our land, on our lives, on our culture and at all attempts of confiscation and distortion of our cultural heritage and reality," Ashrawi said....READ MORE
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