Those of you who follow the Jewish press and pro-Israel blogosphere are probably aware that UNESCO has cancelled a long anticipated exhibit created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and co-sponsored by Israel, Canada and (strangely enough) Montenegro, to have been titled, People, Book, Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People and the Land of Israel.
I have not written on this story until now for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that people like Dovid Efune of The Algemeiner,the FresnoZionist and Jews Down Under already seem to have this story well in hand. I am sure that the Elder of Ziyon and others have also put out material concerning this.
The long and short of it is that the Arab League complained to UNESCO that an exhibit highlighting the long history of the Jewish people on Jewish land is inconsistent with the “peace process.”
As Efune writes:
UNESCO informed the SWC of the change on January 14th in a letter to the Center’s Shimon Samuels, asserting the Arab League’s claim that going ahead with the show “could create potential obstacles related to the peace process in the Middle East.”
As both Efune and FresnoZionist point out, the Obama administration agrees with the Arab League that Jewish history is an obstacle to peace and therefore must be suppressed:
At this sensitive juncture in the ongoing Middle East peace process, and after thoughtful consideration with review at the highest levels, we have made the decision that the United States will not be able to co-sponsor the current exhibit during its display at UNESCO headquarters,” wrote Kelly O. Siekman, Director at the Office of UNESCO Affairs of the State Department, in an email seen by The Algemeiner.
Review at the highest levels, huh?
The reason that I am writing this piece is because the theft of Jewish history by the Palestinian-Arabs is an ongoing tactic for the purpose of severing the link between the Jewish people and our homeland. It is not surprising that the Arabs would do this because the Palestinian-Arab national movement requires the erasure, or submission, of the Jewish people on Jewish land.
What is new is that the US government, under president Barack Obama, is now involved in the process of the delegitimization of Jewish history. Many of us have been warning for a long time now that the current US administration is essentially hostile to the Jewish State of Israel and clearly favors Islamist regimes such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the theocracy in Iran. Although Obama sycophants of various stripes will simply deny the undeniable, it remains the case that Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood bid for power in Egypt, supported the misnamed “Arab Spring” which was actually the rise of political Islam throughout the region, and is now enabling the soon to come Iranian Sharia Bomb.
The UNESCO story is, of course, merely anecdotal.
It is just one more sad tidbit of Obama administration misbehavior that points to the larger pattern of hostility; a pattern that seems to be invisible to far too many Jewish people in the United States or which they misinterpret as “tough love,” as if kicking the Jews in the head is meant as an expression of concern and affection.
As we see in the graphic in the New York Magazine dubbed Barack Obama “The First Jewish President“ in September of 2011. If part of being Jewish means siding with the enemies of the Jewish people on alleged moral and ethical grounds then perhaps New York Magazine makes a good point.
Barack Obama spit in the face of his Jewish constituency and they love him for it.
What could be more Jewish than that?
Michael Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.