Friday, June 5, 2020 -
Print Edition

UNESCO kills exhibit on Jewish tie to Israel

Steve Greenberg cartoon from the IJN editorial pageJERUSALEM —— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed UNESCO, the cultural arm of the UN, for canceling the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

“”The explanation given was that it would harm the [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations,”” Netanyahu said Sunday, Jan. 19, at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting. “”It would not harm the negotiations. Negotiations are based on facts, on the truth, which is never harmful.””

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova said Jan. 15 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.

Netanyahu added, “”The one-sided and unfair attitude toward the State of Israel does not advance the diplomatic process.””

Complaints by Arab states led the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to cancel the exhibition organized by the Wiesenthal Center along with the governments of Canada and Montenegro. It was scheduled to open Jan. 20 at the Paris UNESCO headquarters.



Leave a Reply


Dear valued reader,

We are deeply appreciative of the support shown by you during these difficult times — through new subscriptions, continued advertisement or your positive notes and comments.

The Intermountain Jewish News has been working hard to cover the impact of COVID-19 in a relevant and meaningful way.

Like other small businesses and media companies, the IJN is being impacted in an unprecedented way by effects of the coronavirus.

Please subscribe today or purchase a gift subscription — an online gift is social distancing.

As a thank you for your new subscription, we will send you (or your gift recipient) a copy of The Unexpected Road, Rabbi Hillel Goldberg’s collection of stories of inspirational lives encountered as a journalist, scholar and student. Simply enter the coupon code BOOK at the top of the page when you check out.

If you’re already a subscriber, you can also donate to the IJN to support our mission of providing quality and comprehensive journalism to the Colorado Jewish community.