SWC Awaits Written Confirmation of UNESCO's Committment to Open Exhibition in June Following Cancellation Due to Arab Group Protest

January 22, 2014

Dear SWC Supporter,

Thank you for your overwhelming support that you have shown over the postponement of the SWC's exhibition, "Book, People, Land - The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People With the Holy Land" due to a protest by the 22-nation Arab Group at UNESCO. The exhibition was scheduled to open this past Monday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

We are grateful for the unprecedented solidarity and support the Simon Wiesenthal Center has received from the Jewish world and beyond. We are working dilligently, behind the scenes, to ensure the exhibition will be shown at UNESCO. And, we have prevailed (see story below). According to UNESCO's website, the exhibition will open in June, and we are awaiting written confirmation to that effect.

Our exhibition is not a political statement that belongs to an individual or a party. It is a collective narrative of an entire people — religious, secular, left and right — and their three and a half millenia relationship to the Holy Land that the Arab League does not want the world to know about.

We will continue to keep you updated in the days to come.

Thank you for your continued support.

Rabbi Marvin Hier,
Founder and Dean

Paris - At the SWC press conference, on the day the exhibition was scheduled to open. Pictured L-R: Richard Odier, President, CSW, France; Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury emeritus; Dr. Shimon Samuels, SWC Director for International Relations; Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean and Boualem Sansal, Algerian author

Read more:

UNESCO Jewish exhibit delayed for 6 months

By Associated Press

PARIS — The U.N.’s cultural agency says it’s delaying for six months a disputed exhibit on Jewish connections to the Holy Land after objections from Arab countries.
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