United Nations launches exhibition showing the Jewish connection to IsraelBy Mason White 1:09 PM June 12, 2014
|The opening of the exhibit|
By: Aryeh Savir
The United Nations launched an exhibition that shows the Jewish connection to Israel, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) launched the exhibition at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.
An overflowing crowd of hundreds of community activists, diplomats and religious leaders watched as Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director General, joined with official cosponsors Israel, Canada, the United States, and Montenegro, at the unveiling ceremony.
The exhibition: “People, Book, Land: The 3500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land,” tells the history of the Jewish People in the Middle East, from the biblical patriarch Abraham to the present-day State of Israel.
It shows the uninterrupted presence of Jews in the Land of Israel for nearly 3,500 years, and the fidelity of Jews to their original homeland through centuries of persecution both in Israel and abroad.
The exhibition content was authored by Jerusalem Hebrew University Prof. Robert Wistrich, on behalf of the Wiesenthal Center. Prof. Robert Wistrich wrote the texts and worked directly with the designers on the visual accompaniment that made up the exhibition. Wistrich is a Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Head of its Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, and the author of numerous books.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibit, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, stated: “After the sudden cancellation of the exhibition in January, many observers believed that this pivotal piece of history would never appear at the United Nations. However, they were proven wrong. This is truly a historic occasion because it is the first time in the history of the United Nations that the agency has co-sponsored an exhibit, which outlines the historic U.N. decision to recognize a Jewish homeland in Palestine in 1947, the indisputable fact that the Jewish people have an uninterrupted 3,500-year relationship with the Holy Land.”
Presenting the truth about Jewish ties to the Land of Israel is not harmful to peace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Negotiations are based on facts, on the truth, which is never harmful,” Netanyahu told his cabinet at a weekly meeting.