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the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization,
has pulled a Jewish exhibit two years in the making, entitled “People,
Book, Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People and the
Land of Israel,” after a zero hour protest from the Arab League, The
Algemeiner has learned.
The exhibit, which was created by Los
Angeles-based Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center
(SWC) together with UNESCO, was scheduled to open on January 20th, 2014,
at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters. The invitations had already gone out,
and the fully prepared exhibition material was already in place. The
display was co-sponsored by Israel, Canada and Montenegro.
Marvin Hier, Dean of the SWC, told The Algemeiner that the move was an
“absolute outrage.” “The Arabs,” he said, “don’t want the world to know
that the Jews have a 3,500-year relationship to the Land of Israel.”
said that his organization, which is accredited by UNESCO as an NGO,
worked in intimate co-operation with the international body on the
project, which his center initiated after the Palestinian Authority was
unilaterally accepted as a UNESCO member state in 2011.
“We made a
clear attempt to work with them and the system, they can’t say they
were blindsided, they commented on every sentence (in the exhibit’s
materials) and still, in the end, the Arabs protested and they kicked us
out,” he said.
“It is not supposed to be a place of censorship,” Hier said, “It is not supposed to deny one nation the right to their history.”
“The Arab world doesn’t know that Isaiah didn’t live in Portugal, Jeremiah didn’t roam France and Ezekiel wasn’t from Germany.”