by Jonah Lowenfeld, JewishJournal.com
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, abruptly and indefinitely postponed the January 20th opening of an exhibition in Paris on the 3,500-year history of Jews in the land of Israel, after a representative from the Arab League wrote a last-minute letter expressing “great disapproval.”
The origin of the exhibit goes back to October 2011, immediately following UNESCO’s decision to admit Palestine as a full member state. UNESCO then worked for two years with the show’s co-sponsor, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, to create the show titled “People, Book, Land — The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People to the Holy Land.” UNESCO personnel had vetted each of 30 informational panels that were to be displayed in the exhibition, and it had convened its own group of outside academic expert overseers, who forced a few key changes to the exhibition, including removing the word “Israel” from the show’s title.
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