When UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, pulled their exhibit about the Jewish connection to Israel, the Arab league wrote that “The publicity that will accompany . . . the exhibit can only cause damage to the peace negotiations presently occurring, and the constant effort of Secretary of State John Kerry, and the neutrality and objectivity of UNESCO.” 10 days before the exhibit, the United States had already declined to be involved in the exhibit for similar reasons.
When Catherine Ashton, the E.U. High Representative, sent out a statement about International Holocaust Memorial day, she neglected to mention that the “victims” she referred to in her statement were Jews.
Her statement read, “On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must keep alive the memory of this tragedy. It is an occasion to remind us all of the need to continue fighting prejudice and racism in our own time. We must remain vigilant against the dangers of hate speech and redouble our commitment to prevent any form of intolerance. The respect of human rights and diversity lies at the heart of what the European Union stands for.” She did not say the word “Jew” once.
It is believed that dozens of Jewish artifacts are destroyed by the Jordan Waqf on the Temple Mount through their routine construction. The effort to erase the history of the Jewish people in Israel is relentless.
For the international community, it is impossible to achieve peace while acknowledging the history of the Jewish people. Truth, for them, is a roadblock to achievement.
In order to continue with the peace process, the world is ignoring the actual connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. If, in order to achieve peace, you must first eliminate the history of an entire people, then there is something very wrong with your idea of peace. And if your allies are okay with ignoring your history, then there is something very wrong with their idea of an ally.
Contributed by CAMERA Intern Lindsey Rivka Liron Cohen, a Film and Television Major at Boston University.