Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has lauded the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its latest resolution which defends Palestinian rights and condemns the Israeli regime for its policies in the occupied territories.

The UNESCO adopted a resolution on Thursday that strongly denounced escalading Israeli aggression against Palestinians and their right of worship and access to al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem).

A day after UNESCO passed the resolution, Israel suspended cooperation with the UN cultural body.

“We welcome UNESCO’s move in supporting the Palestinian people’s rights towards their lands and religious sanctities,” Qassemi said.

The top Iranian official also criticized Israel for its negative reaction against the resolution, and strongly condemned the regime for its illegal activities in the Palestinian territories.

Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is the third-holiest site in Islam. It is located in East Jerusalem, which Israeli regime occupied following its invasion in 1967, in a move never recognized by the international community.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that UNESCO has lost its legitimacy by adopting this resolution.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also said that “this is an important message to Israel that it must end its occupation and recognize the Palestinian state and Jerusalem as its capital with its sacred Muslim and Christian sites.”