UNESCO Shifts Course On Israel Exhibit, Sets Opening For June


UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, said it will delay for six months the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

U.S. Presses UNESCO On Cancellation Of Jews In Israel Exhibit


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration is “deeply disappointed” with a decision by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and is seeking its placement “as soon as possible.”



The vote this week by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to approve full membership for the Palestinians is another step along the treacherous road toward full UN recognition of Palestine and continued delegitimization of Israel.

Fortunately, and to its credit, the United States voted against the move, labeling it “inexplicable,” but the final tally was 107-14, with 52 abstentions, among the UNESCO membership.

Israel, UNESCO to jointly promote Holocaust education


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel and UNESCO have signed an agreement to promote Holocaust education and combat its denial.

The agreement signed Monday in Paris between Israel and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization commits to the establishment of a center within the organization devoted entirely to developing and promoting Holocaust education and combating its denial worldwide. The new center will function in accordance with resolutions adopted at the U.N. General Assembly in New York and UNESCO, according to Israel's Foreign Ministry.

Media Watch: Rachel’s Tomb Is Now A Mosque — Who Cares?

The Kotel is next, say the Palestinians.

Associate Editor

Mother Rachel and Yitzchak Rabin are forever linked by adjacent yahrtzeits, hers on Heshvan 11, his on the 12th. They’re linked as well by one of Rabin’s final and finest moments in the Knesset. On Oct. 5, 1995, one day shy of a month before his assassination, Rabin asked the Knesset to ratify Oslo’s cornerstone “Israel-Palestinian Interim Agreement,” and what that meant for Rachel’s Tomb.

Rachel’s Tomb, here in a pre-1996 photo, before Israel built security walls that masked the once-idyllic setting.
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