World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) denounces UNESCO cancellation of Israel exhibit
The World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) denounced the cancellation by the UN cultural body UNESCO of an exhibit on “The People, The Book, the Land: The 3,500-year relationship between the Jewish people and the land of Israel” that was scheduled to open next week in Paris.
UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova told the Simon Wiesethal Centre, which organized the display, that the decision arose out of UNESCO’s support for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. She said: “We have a responsibility in ensuring that current efforts in this regard are not endangered.”
WUJS, which holds Consultative Status in UNESCO condemns the cancellation of the event. Chaya Pomeranz WUJS Chairperson and Andi Gergely Incoming WUJS Chairperson stated: “The event was meant to be a cultural event aimed at exhibiting historical evidence of the Jewish People’s connection to the Holy Land. The cancellation of the exhibit demonstrates UNESCO’s willingness to sacrifice education and cultural exchange to pursue a biased political agenda, which does disservice to the peace process. At WUJS we encourage our students to engage in the exchange of ideas and culture. It is only by educating others and ourselves about each other’s pasts, ideals, and identity that we pave the path towards acceptance and eventual peace”.
Sacha Reingewirtz, President of the Union of French Jewish Students (UEJF) and Executive Board member of WUJS : “Building a fair and sustainable
peace in the Middle-East goes through mutual understanding, cultural exchanges and education. By deciding to cancel this historical exhibition at the last minute, UNESCO is betraying its mission to take advantage of culture and science in order to build peace in the minds of people”.
The exhibit, which was scheduled to run from 21 January through 30 January at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters, was created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and co-sponsored by Israel, Canada, and Montenegro.
WUJS calls on UNESCO to review its decision to cancel the exhibit and organize it according to the original plan.
Join UN Watch’s petition and send an email to Irina Bukova Director General of UNESCO and Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General to reverse their decision.http://www.unwatch.org/c.bdKKISNqEmG/b.1288071/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?aid=520521