UNESCO cancels event on Jewish ties to Land of Israel

Frau Katze
Blazing Cat Fur

UNESCO prior to the opening of 2013 General Conference in Paris, France

Days before it was scheduled to open, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization cancelled an exhibit in Paris entitled, “The People, The Book, the Land: The 3,500-year relationship between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.”

The exhibit, created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was co-sponsored by Israel, Canada, and Montenegro. SWC worked closely with UNESCO on the exhibit since 2011, when UNESCO accepted Palestine as a member state, the first UN body to do so.

UNESCO President Irina Bokova decided to cancel the event after Arab states in UNESCO protested, arguing it would harm the peace process…



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Also at the site, State Dep’t had refused to sponsor UNESCO’s cancelled Israel exhibit

…The State Department said Friday it was outraged at the cancellation of the exhibit. “The United States is deeply disappointed and has engaged with senior levels at UNESCO to confirm that the action to postpone does not represent a cancellation and to underscore our interest in seeing the exhibit proceed as soon as possible,” it said in a statement reported by JTA…

Notwithstanding this professed outrage, however, the State Department had just last week itself declined to co-sponsor the exhibit…



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