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‘Highest Levels’ of US Administration Deny Jewish History

Material for canceled UNESCO Jewish exhibit

Material for canceled UNESCO Jewish exhibit

I’ve been complaining about the Obama Administration a lot recently, particularly about its insistence on Israeli concessions to the PLO for an impossible peace deal, and for its enabling Iran’s nuclear program. But even more shocking — because it puts the administration’s ideological opposition to the very foundation of the Jewish state on display — is this:

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, has pulled a Jewish exhibit two years in the making, entitled “People, Book, Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People and the Land of Israel,” after a zero hour protest from the Arab League, The Algemeiner has learned.

The exhibit, which was created by Los Angeles-based Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) together with UNESCO, was scheduled to open on January 20th, 2014, at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters. The invitations had already gone out, and the fully prepared exhibition material was already in place. The display was co-sponsored by Israel, Canada and Montenegro.

It is not surprising that the Arab League is opposed to anything that suggests that Jewish sovereignty in the Middle East has any legitimacy. But the stunning part is that prior to the Arab League’s objection, the State Department withdrew the US as a sponsor of the exhibition, using language almost identical to that of the Arab League! Here is the US position:

“At this sensitive juncture in the ongoing Middle East peace process, and after thoughtful consideration with review at the highest levels, we have made the decision that the United States will not be able to co-sponsor the current exhibit during its display at UNESCO headquarters,” wrote Kelly O. Siekman, Director at the Office of UNESCO Affairs of the State Department, in an email seen by The Algemeiner.

J. E. Dyer writes,

What’s so damaging to the peace process … about a Jewish history exhibit?  According to the Arab League, it’s the evidence it would present of the Jewish people’s long association with the land of Israel.  The campaign to suppress that evidence is a new lie, dating only to about the 1960s as a coherent political endeavor.  It started with Yasser Arafat and other Arab politicians, and continues today with such grotesqueries as the assertion – made on occasion by Mahmoud Abbas – that “Jesus was a Palestinian.”

The appalling thing, however, is that the U.S. government is throwing in with this campaign, by tacitly agreeing that the historical truth about the Jews and Israel is inimical to “peace.” [my emphasis]

‘Appalling’ is too kind. I prefer ‘disgraceful’.

Could there be a clearer demonstration of the anti-Zionist, indeed anti-Jewish attitudes of the State Department — and indeed, since the decision was taken after “review at the highest levels,” the President?

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13 Responses to “‘Highest Levels’ of US Administration Deny Jewish History”

  1. That’s like saying slavery never existed in the USA.

  2. Douglas Gershuny says:

    I am no fan of this administration's treatment of Israel, but I think you need to check your facts: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/176448

  3. I am so sick of us trying to be "politically correct"…how about just being "right"!!

  4. I cannot post an unvarnished comment on the state department or the UN because it would not be respectful to the Jewish Press. therefore, I shall keep it in my thought balloon.

  5. Of Course!! Muslims Always Do!!

  6. Shame on the American Jews who voted this administration into office under heavy protest twice!!

  7. Jay Wilkoff says:

    I do not know why the Jewish people voted for Obama. I did not because I felt like that he was a Muslim. I am neither a republican or democrat. I vote for the best person for the job. The Prime Minister of Isreal told us that we could not trust Obama.

  8. Allen Miller says:

    Obama is a Muslim punk!

  9. disgusting US and UN behavior

  10. that ‘s just stupid

  11. Dianne Kafes says:

    KERRY AND OBAMA NEED TO KEEP THERE NOSES AND OPINIONS FOR ISRAEL TO THEMSELVES NEITHER ONE KNOWS ANY THING CONCERNING ISRAEL AND DON’T GIVE IN TO OBAMA’S AND KERRY’S PLAN TO GIVE THE PALESTININES ISRAEL’S LAND HE JUST WANTS HIS MUSLIM RADICALS TO TAKE OVER ISRAEL WHICH DOESN’T BELONG TO THEM

  12. Violet Helms says:

    Makes sense. This group is the most ignorant in World History that I have seen in a long time.

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