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UNESCO Cancels Israel Expo following Arab Pressure

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UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova

Complaints by Arab states led the United Nation’s cultural arm, UNESCO, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

The exhibition, organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Center along with the governments of Canada and Montenegro, was scheduled to open Jan. 20 at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova on Wednesday said in a letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center that the exhibit, titled “The People, the Book, the Land — 3,500 years of ties between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel,” would be postponed indefinitely. She said the decision arose out of UNESCO’s support for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“We have a responsibility in ensuring that current efforts in this regard are not endangered,” she wrote.

The cancellation followed a letter sent to Bokova on Jan. 14 by the Arab group at UNESCO, which admitted the Palestinian Authority as a member in 2011. “The Arab group is deeply disturbed by the exhibition, which it condemns,” said the letter by the Arab group’s president, Abdullah Elmealmi.

“This cause is championed by those who oppose peace efforts,” Elmealmi said. “The media campaign accompanying the exhibition will inevitably damage the peace talks, the incessant efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UNESCO’s neutrality.”

In an email, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director of international affairs, Shimon Samuels, wrote that the center was outraged by Bokova’s decision. He called for an email campaign opposing cancellation.

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37 Responses to “UNESCO Cancels Israel Expo following Arab Pressure”

  1. What a shame. No matter what they say or do Israel belongs to the Jewish people. God Bless and Protect Israel.

  2. Leon Chattah says:

    A better news: “ISRAEL cancels UNESCO!”

  3. Michelle Rod says:

    Another bunch of yellow bellied terrorist loving cowards. About time Israel started to reciprocate ……

  4. I thought Jews controlled the world. Do people realize how tiny Israel is? But the whole world joins to attack it like cowards. WTF is a UNESCO expo? And why should anyone care?

  5. Time to send $$ to the Wiesenthal center. Sounds like a great exhibit!

  6. Judith Ross says:

    Who would expect anything from the UN that would be positive for Israel. It has been taken over by anti-Israel, anti- Jewish members.

  7. Judith Ross says:

    Who would expect anything from the UN that would be positive for Israel. It has been taken over by anti-Israel, anti- Jewish members.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Another example of why the United Nations begs to be abolished. It is a totally bigoted international group with one agenda — cleanse the Earth of Jews. After they are done with Jews, who is next?

  9. Didn't Israel rejoin UNESCO at the urging of the Obama administration? US must cut off all funding to this bunch of anti-semites and Israel should withdraw its membership and dues.

  10. Glad the US didn’t pay them (thank you, Congress, for not providing the funds: one good deed). May UNESCO soon get swept into the dustbin of history, of which it is completely ignorant.

  11. Doron Maresky says:

    Dear Mrs Bokova,

    As you are so supportive of these talks between Israel and the Palestinian representatives, I suggest you retract your decision to postpone and cancel this exhibit. You are quoted as claiming, “We have a responsibility in ensuring that current efforts in this regard are not endangered.” Why do you think that your biased actions against Israel are anything BUT blatant endangerment of these "current efforts"? Do you for a moment think that because Israel actually wants peace, that they will come to the table at all costs, while the Palestinians have to be coerced and appeased before they are PERSUADED to consider that peace MIGHT be in their interests. Maybe it is time that you and your cronies paid some attention to the reality of the world and made some effort to stop brown-nosing to the terrorists and their war mongers and try and appease Israel for a change! Unless, of course, you have other ulterior motives and hidden agendas for discriminating against Israel, as is now the norm for the Organization which you represent… (and still claims to be "neutral")

  12. It's not enough for some people to deny Jewish existence in the present and future. They want to erase you from the past as well. How is this a neutral stance to deny history, whatever that history is? I thought UNESCO was about preserving history and culture, not destroying it.

  13. It's not enough for some people to deny Jewish existence in the present and future. They want to erase you from the past as well. How is this a neutral stance to deny history, whatever that history is? I thought UNESCO was about preserving history and culture, not destroying it.

  14. AC Stubbs says:

    UNESCO bowed down to the same groups who blew up the Buddas in Afghanistan and destroyed antiquities in Egypt. Clowns

  15. She’s ashamed of barak, and she wants to hide her identity

  16. Millie Kashuk says:

    Am Yisroel Chai

  17. Very sad where is Obama ?

  18. The UN has betrayed before, in 1947 and the voor runner of the UN in did it in 1920. So why would they stop now?

  19. Sorry I did not make my self clear, The Un has betrayed Israel before and the for runner of the UN did it also in 1920. So why should they stop now?

  20. This is shameful! ! ! ! ! I disgusted with the UN, Obama and his side kick Kerry. The whole bunch are messing with GOD'S land and people and there will be a price to pay. Not my words….GOD'S WORD the BIBLE says so.

  21. Paul Hatgil says:

    How many times has Israel bombed United Nations warehouses containing food and medicine for the Palestine populace and then stated it was a mistake?

  22. Paul Hatgil says:

    500 hundred million Arabs are Semites which include most of the Lebanese and those in the occupied territories. Thus the term anti-Semitism as it only applies to the Jewish people is nonsense.

  23. Paul Hatgil says:

    The Zionists.

  24. Paul Hatgil says:

    The UN supporting an Apartheid State? That would be hypocrisy.

  25. Jim Smith says:

    The un is anti west & israel

  26. To hell with them. Why to do it on the UN's premises. Rent a hall nearby for the exhibit and put a sign on saying: this is the exhibition UNESCO renounced, sacrificing it to the Arab countries. Can't be a better publicity.

  27. How absolutely accurate and pregnang-contentful startegy for the dumbbell march-moron Bulgarian woman-idiot?!

  28. The UN needs to go. Here in america most of the people do not even want the UN here. The only thing they can do is make things worse and try to tell others how to live! Away with the UN!

  29. Harry Davids says:

    Why do you believe the U.S. continues to be a member of UNESCO (and of the UN)?

  30. Tarek Saba says:

    Sounds like its time to stop stealing land from palestine and move back to poland, just sayin

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