UNESCO Jewish Connection to Israel Exhibit Opens Wednesday
JNS.org – An exhibit on the Jewish connection to the land of Israel that was postponed in January by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) due to objections from the Arab League now opens Wednesday in Paris.
The “People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People to the Holy Land” exhibit was authored by Robert Wistrich, a leading scholar of anti-Semitism, for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. UNESCO originally scheduled to open the exhibit on Jan. 20 and received heavy backlash for its decision to delay it.
The exhibit consists of 24 panels of about 800 words each describing different aspects of the Jewish people’s connection to Israel throughout history.
“Each panel is a very succinct slice not only of Jewish history, but more specifically of the historical connection between the Jewish people from the dawn of its history and the Land of Israel, up until the present time,” Wistrich said.
“Viewers come away with a strong sense of the continuity of the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel, the unique intensity of the spiritual, religious, national, historical and traditional centrality of the Land of Israel in the Jewish consciousness,” he added, reported the Times of Israel.