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Israel’s UN Ambassador Flatly Rejects Demand to Remove Jerusalem Panel From Exhibit: We Will Not Allow Our History to Be Censored

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Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon in front of the controversial panels now on display at the UN. Photo; Twitter.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon in front of the controversial panels now on display at the UN. Photo; Twitter.

The Jewish state will not be prevented from proudly proclaiming its biblical and historic connections to Jerusalem, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations told The Algemeiner on Friday.

“We will not allow key elements of the history and heritage of the Jewish people to be censored,” said Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon, in response to recent demands by Arab and Islamic delegations at the international body for Israel to remove a panel from an exhibition it is hosting at the UN which calls Jerusalem “the spiritual and physical capital of the Jewish people.”

According to a Thursday report in the New York Times, the Palestinian delegation to the UN sent a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Mogen Lykketoft expressing their “vehement rejection” of Israel’s description of Jerusalem. The letter — which followed protests by other Arab nations and the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation — said all references “which purport to assert Israeli sovereignty on this land…are legally, politically and morally incorrect and unacceptable.”

The Jerusalem panel shows pictures of holy sites across the Israeli capital and states “the Jewish people are indigenous to Israel and have maintained a continuous presence in the land since 1000 BC. Jerusalem has been the center and focus of Jewish life and religion for more than three millennia and is holy to Christians and Muslims as well.”

Initially, when the exhibit first opened two months ago, three out of its 13 displays — featuring information on Jerusalem, Israeli Arabs and Zionism — were excluded after having been rejected by the UN. In response, the Israeli Mission included in the display a panel with the word “censored” on it to protest the UN decision. Shortly afterwards, the panel on Zionism was approved for display, but the panels on Jerusalem and Israeli Arabs were still excluded.

At the time, Danon pointed to a 1991 UN General Assembly resolution that reversed the 1975 equation of Zionism with racism. He said in April that “the UN is de facto enacting this old resolution, defining Zionism and Jerusalem as ‘unacceptable,’ and disqualifying key elements of the heritage of the Jewish people.”

Danon and the Israeli Mission continued their diplomatic efforts over the past two months and the exhibit was reopened in its entirety this week.

Despite the pressure from within the UN to exclude the Jerusalem panel from the exhibit, Danon said, “We insisted that the panel on Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel, be displayed at the UN.”

“I am very proud that we stood strong, achieved an important victory and ensured that the truth is told about Israel,” he said. “The days when our heritage can be censored are over. No one can demand that we diminish the special place that Jerusalem holds in the history, and hearts, of the Jewish people.”

According to the Associated Press, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the Israeli mission followed the rules for mounting an exhibition.

While the UN tries to balance the wishes of the country wishing to exhibit without offending another country, he said, it “is not an exact science and … is not always easy.”

The exhibit, co-sponsored by pro-Israel advocacy group  StandWithUs, is now being displayed near a busy corridor in the UN basement.

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  • Well done Israel for standing your ground!

    Jerusalem is a Jewish City history AND Scripture testify to this. I (and I’m guessing many others) am sick of hearing and seeing lie after lie being not only spoken against Israel by the Arabs but and others all supported by the UN! Either the UN are uneducated abd ignorant of the true facts or they are wickedly exerting a powerful bias against Israel. The LORD will not continue to be silent on those nations that come against Israel.

    Is it possible to ditch the UN?

  • Leon M. Boyd 3rd

    Anyone with any “smarts” should know that Jerusalem is and has been the spiritual and political capital of the Jewish State. The Jewish people have had a presence in Judah, (to include Jerusalem) and Samaria for thousands of years.

    In addition, in my opinion this exhibit should not have been in the basement even though is is near a busy corridor.

  • Pearl

    The UN is a waste. It does nothing to encourage good will. It promotes anti-Semitism. It’s an enclave for lies and injustice controlled by Arab nation representatives. It is no longer the impartial, helpful, concerned organization for ALL nations of the world. It promotes Israel hatred and lies. It is no longer a viable partner of peace. The UN Should be disbanded and the building in which it stands and the money from my taxes and yours should be used for a better purpose!

  • Jonah

    The problem is not that Jerusalem is the spiritual and physical capital of the Jewish people, it is a fact, and I will repeat A fact….that Jerusalem is the spiritual and physical capital of the world founded on the Abrahamic covenant with God. That is the problem. And it makes no difference what Islam, Obama, and the Pope do they cannot escape that reality and furthermore they will not accept it. Therefore in their eyes Israel must be eradicated from the face of the earth and the U.N. Is assembling those forces that are foolish enough to participate in that undertaking…..Regardless of the warnings throughout the bible of the consequences for those actions. So sleep well Israel God is on your side, the God that never sleeps nor slumbers. My advise to Israel is if you do not want to lose the good will of the Russians keep your musicians from attempting to cross their borders if they have values which run contrary to Russian beleifs. Remember they threw Elton John out, they arrested the pussy band, and they refuse to allow maddonna or other musicians of that ilk into their country. Remember also that according to Danial Russia, China, and the kings of the east are the only ones with few acceptions on planet earth making a stand against the beast and those forces he is assembling to kill every Jew and Christian on this planet.

  • nat cheiman

    The UN is all African and Arab. Going to be history soon, just like the League of Nations

  • Robert Davis

    Once again this story proves it’s never wrong to stand by its convictions and do not bow to pressures no matter what. Whatever enemies say Israel musr stand by its convictions and say NO and NIET to all pressures whatsoever. This is also true for the “palestinian” squatters who MUST be removed from Western Palestine and transferred to Jordan ie Eastern Palestine no matter what some leftwing and moslim governments say. NO NO NO is the only tobe opposed to them whatever they say until NO gets into their stupid skulls.

  • fred

    The Stalinist spirit comes alive in the UN cesspool.Stalin changed history at will. Any history that did not suit the Communist Stalinist spirit was change according to the whims of Stalin. Now the Arabs and their acolytes want to change real truth into a fairy tale. One should also view that the Middle East was forcible converted there fore every truth must bow to perverted minds.Hence the destruction of ancient relics & true history.

  • Rita Crespi

    The UN is made up of a bunch of cowardly, useless bigots who are afraid to offend places like Palestine and their supporters who just happen to be terrorists. They’re not afraid to insult Israel and the Jewish people who have been part of that land since 2000 BC. I wish I was living in NY. It would take me about half an hour to,round up about a thousand people to March in front of the UN and protest. Those delegates are a bunch of useless people who come to the US under the guise of peacemaking and all they do is go to the finest restaurants, stay at the best hotels, shop at the most expensive stores and go to the high end brothels.

  • Anschel

    Bravo for Israel’s standing up for its rights and refusing to be bullied by the psychological warfare of the Moslem coalition. It is too bad that the UN has become dominated by countries that hate democracies and freedom. Dag Hammarskjold would be appalled!

  • Lia

    Mr Danon, you’re moving to hero status in my book.

  • Steven Russell

    I’ve always liked Amb Danny Danon who is assertive and doesn’t dissemble before the UN GA. The Israeli exhibition displays are the truth and the truth matters.

  • enufizenuz

    The 57 states of the OIC won’t stop until the UN is the UIN – unless someone stops them, permanently.

  • Golum…

    The arabs think that by sticking the World’s Head in the Sand…Israel will disappear…When they pull their heads out …there is ‘ole Israel standing Tall as ever!!!

  • Yaakov

    Showing self-respect is appropriate from a Jewish standpoint; being “proud” is not. If Israel did have any self-respect, it wouldn’t have used the date term “BC,” which declares the belief that Jesus was the messiah. And they have the chutzpa to say that this represents the Jewish people?