Friday, January 24, 2014


Once upon a time, after millions of Jews had been murdered during WWII because of baseless hatred, the UN was established to prevent such terrible events recurring. As part of it, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was organized to educate the peoples of the world against this kind of baseless, ethnic and religious hatred. But, for a long time now UNESCO, like most of the UN, has been dominated by Arab, Muslim and liberal western countries that are profoundly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

Current case in point, an exhibit that was to have been held commemorating the 3,500 years of Jewish connection to the Holyland, the Land of the Bible, was to be held at UNESCO headquaters in Geneva. However, as a result of protests by a group of Arab countries, the President of UNESCO cancelled the event and called off the exhibit. Does this in any way deny the factual connection of Jews throughout history to the Land of the Bible, now called Israel? Not at all, but the ignorance that UNESCO was founded to overcome has raised its ugly head again and relative morality is alive and well. For the Arabs it's a zero-sum game, any admission that the Jews have a connection to the Land of Israel is seen as a loss for them, for their claims.

Following world-wide protests against the bias represented by this cancellation, the President of UNESCO has now announced that the exhibit will be opened instead in June. His excuse was that he did not want to influence the current peace negotiations going on between Israel and the PA under US auspices. However, this is clearly an invalid excuse, since how could any such exhibit change the outcome of the negotiations. At least we know that the international reaction of Jewish and other communities around the world is enough to cancel out the influence of the Arab States in UNESCO, including the PA that is now a member of UNESCO. However, there is a lot of time between now and June, and a lot of excuses not to show it then are no doubt being worked on.


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