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  • Nazi-hunting couple to combat genocide for UNESCO

    October 29, 2015 | 3:33 pm

    A French Nazi-hunting couple will work as genocide-prevention ambassadors for the United Nations’ education agency.

    Serge and Beate Klarsfeld were recognized on Monday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for their work to call “societies to...

  • United Nations censures Israel

    October 27, 2015 | 10:19 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    As part of their strategy to obtain a Palestinian state using diplomatic means, Palestinians welcomed a UN resolution that sharply criticized Israel for limiting Muslim access to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound. The site, which...

  • UNESCO votes to classify Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as Muslim sites

    October 21, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, condemned Israel for what it said are attempts to alter the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    While the resolution approved Wednesday morning in Paris by the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization...

  • Bring Struggle for Western Wall, Cave of the Patriarchs, and Rachel’s Tomb to UNESCO’s Sponsors

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 20, 2015 | 11:32 pm

    • UNESCO corporate and governmental sponsors need to publically distance themselves from UNESCO as it erases Jewish history
    • Sponsors include Google, Panasonic, A&E, Germany, Smithsonian, EarthWatch and others (list of UNESCO World Heritage Partners)
    • Hijaking of UNESCO's...
  • Nine more Jewish symbols UNESCO should claim for other religions

    October 20, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    On Monday, news broke that UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, is to vote on a Palestinian-backed proposal declaring the Western Wall a Muslim site.

    The last remnant of the long-destroyed Jewish Temple, the Western Wall is hands-down Judaism’s holiest site and arguably...

  • UNESCO head ‘deplores’ proposal declaring Western Wall a Muslim site

    October 20, 2015 | 10:27 am

    The head of the United Nations cultural agency said she “deplores” a proposal under discussion by the agency’s executive board that would declare the Western Wall a Muslim holy site.

    Irina Bokova, the director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

  • UNESCO to vote on proposal declaring Western Wall a Muslim site

    October 19, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    A Palestinian effort to have a United Nations agency declare Judaism’s holiest site a Muslim holy site is “an attempt to distort history,” Israel said.

    UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural body, is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the proposal concerning the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

    In a...

  • Palestinian Perfidy at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee: A direct assault on the core of Judaism

    July 9, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    The 39th UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) has just ended its ten day annual meeting, this year in Bonn, Germany. Once again,the Wiesenthal Centre was the only accredited Jewish NGO

    Since the Palestinians's admittance to UNESCO in November 2011 they have wreaked havoc, best...

  • Arabs and Jews quarrel over Acre’s Old City

    May 12, 2015 | 11:54 am

    This story orginally appeared on The Media Line.

    Minarets, green domes and an Ottoman-era clock tower look out over the brightly painted fishing boats that line the quayside. Tourists stroll beside gaggles of children on outings from nearby Muslim schools. The old city of Acre is...

  • Nixed Jews in Israel exhibit to open at UNESCO

    June 10, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    An exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel that had been canceled due to pressure from Arab states will open at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

    “Book, People, Land — The 3,500-Year Relationship of the Jewish People With the Holy Land,” a joint exhibition of the...

  • UNESCO sets date for Jews in Israel exhibit

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 28, 2014 | 10:30 am

    After sustaining withering criticism for its abrupt decision to postpone a planned exhibition about the millennia of Jewish history in the land of Israel, UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and education arm, announced Jan. 21 that the exhibition will be presented at its Paris...

  • UNESCO to go ahead with disputed Jewish exhibition

    January 27, 2014 | 4:49 pm

    A United Nations exhibition about Jews and the Holy Land, postponed after Arab countries warned it could harm Middle East peace efforts, will go ahead in June, organizers confirmed on Monday.

    The exhibition was due to open last week at the Paris headquarters of the U.N....

  • UNESCO postpones Israeli-Jewish history show

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 23, 2014 | 4:19 pm

    When UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, abruptly and indefinitely postponed the Jan. 20 opening of an exhibition in Paris on the 3,500-year history of Jews in the land of Israel, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and co-founder of the Simon...

  • State Department declined to sponsor canceled Israel UNESCO exhibit

    January 17, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    Does the State Department believe that accounts of ancient Jewish ties to the land of Israel are too sensitive to endorse — or not?

    We wrote today that UNESCO cancelled a Simon Wiesenthal Center-organized exhibit at the last minute because of pressure from Arab states. The...

  • U.S. presses UNESCO on cancellation of Jews in Israel exhibit

    January 17, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    The Obama administration is “deeply disappointed” with a decision by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and is seeking its placement “as soon as possible.”

    Complaints by Arab states led...

  • UNESCO halts Israel’s Jewish history show after Arab nations protest

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 17, 2014 | 10:34 am

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    UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, abruptly and indefinitely postponed the Jan. 20 opening of an exhibition in Paris on the 3,500-year history of Jews in the land of Israel, after a...

  • Ancient Syrian synagogue hit by looting, shelling

    April 1, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Theft and shelling have damaged a 2,000 year-old synagogue in Damascus, one of the oldest in the world, Syrian government and opposition activist sources said on Monday.

    Syria's historic monuments have increasingly become a casualty of the civil war has killed more than 70,000...

  • What is the Israeli election really telling the Palestinians?

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    January 29, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Without a doubt, at the moment, the Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank are riding high, flexing their muscles, and feeling very confident about what they view as an impressive string of recent victories.  The leaders of Hamas, for their part, have excited the whole Arab...

  • ‘Rescue during the Holocaust’: Honoring courage to resist

    January 23, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    You would not suspect anything out of the ordinary was happening  as the silver-haired interviewee describes his day at the office. But Per Anger and his colleagues in Budapest, Hungary, were on a mission. His self-effacing modesty veils the significance of his role in attempting...

  • Israel to withhold Palestinian Authority funds until March

    December 12, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Israel will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel's foreign minister said.

    Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a...

  • Argentinian Jewish village proposed as UNESCO site

    July 3, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center submitted the Argentinean Jewish settlement of Moises Ville for inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The Center proposed the city, whose name in Spanish means City of Moses, at the World Heritage Committee meeting of the United Nations’...

  • Palestinians celebrate Church of Nativity win, Israel notes they desecrated the site

    July 2, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee on June 30 added the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to its list of sites in danger, citing water damage and the need for immediate repair.

    The Church of the Nativity is under the...

  • Israeli nature reserve designated as UNESCO site

    July 2, 2012 | 10:08 am

    UNESCO voted to designate a nature reserve in northern Israel as a World Heritage Site.

    The culture and science arm of the United Nations gave the Nahal Me’arot and Carmel Caves Nature Reserve the distinction last Friday, according to an Israeli government news release.


  • UNESCO gives Heritage status to Nativity Church, lists it under ‘Palestine’

    June 29, 2012 | 9:06 am

    UNESCO has agreed to name the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a World Heritage Site, and list it as in Palestine.

    The secret vote, which came during the United Nations body’s World Heritage Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia, was 13-6, with two abstentions.

    Israel and the...

  • NGOs call on Israel to lift Gaza blockade

    June 14, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    Some 50 nongovernmental organizations called on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    “For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law,” the groups said in a petition issued Thursday. “More than half of...

  • UNESCO cut finding for a Palestinian magazine in which a teenage girl appears to express admiration

    December 23, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    The magazine, Zayzafouna, published an article earlier this year from a high-school-age contributor in which she describes four role models.

    One of them is Adolf Hitler, who comes to her in a dream and says he killed Jews “so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads...

  • Palestinian flag raised at UNESCO

    December 13, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at a ceremony marking its entrance into the United Nations cultural agency.

    Abbas raised the flag Tuesday at UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in Paris. He was...

  • Financially strapped UNESCO to postpone programs

    November 14, 2011 | 10:23 am

    UNESCO will postpone some of its programs and has called for emergency donations following the pullout of U.S. support, said the organization’s head.

    Irina Bokova, the general director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, said Nov. 11 that the...

  • UN report: No consensus on Palestinian statehood bid

    November 9, 2011 | 8:26 am

    The United Nations Security Council could not arrive at a consensus on the Palestinians’ statehood bid, a draft report from the panel reportedly says.

    The four-page report by the committee on admitting new member states sent Tuesday to all 15 Security members said, according to...

  • Sarkozy calls Netanyahu ‘a liar’ in private conversation with Obama

    November 8, 2011 | 8:24 am

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a liar” in a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week’s G20 summit in Cannes.

    “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,”...

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