web analytics
April 24, 2014 / 24 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



UNESCO Cancels Israel Expo following Arab Pressure

By:
UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova

Share Button

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.

Share Button

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

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?!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
Border Police take charge of  Yitzhar's Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva while students are on vacation.
Brave Israel Police Stand Guard at Empty Yeshiva to Stop Violence
Latest News Stories
Border Police take charge of  Yitzhar's Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva while students are on vacation.

Border Police in Yitzhar’s yeshiva have plenty of time on their hands to learn a bit of Torah.

Israeli army officer examines the remains of a mortar shell fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip.

Gaza terrorists have launched another mortar attack on southern Israel, the second such attack in less than 24 hours.

Knesset members walk through the entrance of Auschwitz. (archive)

The Jews for Jesus missionary group is using Holocaust imagery in a new video to lure Jews away from their faith.

Russian FM Sergei Lavrov (R) at joint news conference in Israel with FM Avigdor Liberman in June 2010. (archive)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States and the European Union of starting the crisis in Ukraine.

Tunisian lawmakers are questioning their tourism minister over a decision to allow Israelis to enter the country for the El Ghriba synagogue pilgrimage.

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor has called on the European Union to ignore the upcoming Palestinian Authority unity government.

The U.S. has finally tossed in the towel on trying to force the Palestinian Authority to come to the table to talk with Israel.

There is lobbying going on both for and against including J Street in the Conference of Presidents.

This is United Torah Judaism parliament member Yaakov Litzman speaking in the Knesset. But when I saw it, all I could think of was the Pesach song, “Echad, Mi Yodea” (“One, Who Knows One?”).

The last one out of the Peace Talks Cemetery is requested to please lock the gate and throw the key away.

Arabs throwing stones at bus #65 on its way to Pisgat Zev in Jerusalem, injured one of the passengers. The woman was transported to Hadassah Har Tzofim hospital. Several other passengers were treated for shock.

Jeb Bush told a crowd at a NY fundraiser that he is thinking for running for President, according to a report on Fox News. He said he would make his final decision this year.

Dozens of Arabs are going wild near the Flower Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. They’re burning tires, blocking the main road around the Old City, and shooting fireworks at the local police station in the area. Tazpit News Agency is unaware of any police response at this point, other than Jews are not permitted into […]

Egypt receives an estimated $700 million of oil every month from Arab countries, according to a report in the Egyptian Independent. Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail said that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have been supplying Egypt with the needed oil and financing since Morsi was deposed in July, to the tune […]

The Palestinian Authority has granted itself its death wish, unless Obama wants to make a death wish for Israel.

William Rapfogel, the ousted leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York, reportedly will plead guilty for his role in a scheme to steal more than $7 million from the social service agency. Rapfogel, who had served as CEO and president of the Met Council from 1992, was scheduled to enter a […]

More Articles from JTA

William Rapfogel, the ousted leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York, reportedly will plead guilty for his role in a scheme to steal more than $7 million from the social service agency. Rapfogel, who had served as CEO and president of the Met Council from 1992, was scheduled to enter a […]

Suffolk University to honor ADL's national director Abraham Foxman despite student opposition,

Closed-minded liberal sophomoics think that anyone against Ground One Mosque and for profiling possible terrorists is a racist.

A Holocaust memorial and the grave of the brother of the late Lubavitcher rebbe were vandalized in Ukraine, amid a string of anti-Semitic attacks in the country.

Jordan’s foreign minister summoned the Israeli ambassador to protest what it called Israel’s “violations” on the Temple Mount. The Jordanian government told Ambassador Daniel Nevo that recent clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli soldiers on the Temple Mount a violation of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. The Temple Mount was closed to visitors […]

Two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program: Allegations by U.S. officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab- and Muslim-Americans seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the United States as tourists and then working illegally.

A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported.

(JTA) — The parents of a Jewish student at an exclusive girls’ school in London called on the head of school to make a public statement about an incident in which a teacher told their daughter that she would be sent “to one of your gas chambers.” The incident at North London Collegiate School occurred […]

Alan Gross suspended his hunger strike Friday after a week at the behest of his elderly mother. “Alan’s mother asked him to stop the fast,” Jill Zuckman, the spokeswoman of the family of the State Department subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba, told JTA. “He agreed to do that.” Gross, who launched his fast April 3, told […]

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/unesco-cancels-israel-expo-following-arab-pressure/2014/01/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: