So … someone explain this to me like I’m a two year old.
How exactly does a UNESCO exhibit that looks at the historical ties of Judaism to “the Holy Land” constitute a potential threat to the peace process?
UNESCO received a letter from the 22 countries in its Arab Group. They were concerned that while the exhibit’s title was innocuous, the subject itself was political, and warned that hosting such an exhibit in the midst of efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to reach a final-status agreement for a two-state solution undermined his work, as well as UNESCO’s objectivity.
The same day, UNESCO decided to postpone the exhibit even though it had met earlier with the Wiesenthal staff in Paris to go over the final details. The exhibit was already being set up in its halls, and it already had received a congratulatory opening letter from President Shimon Peres.
Given that UNESCO apparently approved each panel contained in the exhibit and that this exhibit has been in the works for two years, I’d be fascinated to learn what exactly it is about the historical record of the Jewish people in this part of the Middle East that is political and could undermine the peace process.
Because, on the face of it, this looks like Arab states protesting the historical record.
HT: Joshua Sharf.