LDFI President supports Wiesenthal Centre “People, Book, Land” Exhibition in Parliament
Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel President Lord Monroe Palmer was one of many MPs and Peers supporting the opening of an exhibition in Parliament last week on the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land, co-sponsored by UNESCO and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in the UK.
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said: “This exhibition… explores the deep, unassailable connection between the Jewish people and the Holy Land… a profound relationship that has helped shape the history of all humanity… It is a response to all those who seek to spread lies to fuel antisemitism, including a persistent delegitimization of Israel and the Jewish people.”
At the London opening of the exhibition the Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, “as the only Jewish organization accredited to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, we have lobbied against Palestinian theft of Jewish and Christian heritage – from the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity in 2012, to the designation of the Tomb of Rachel and the Cave of the Patriarchs as mosques. In 2016, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount were targeted. This year, it may be Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls… This exhibition is a response and a medium for counteraction.”
Dr. Graciela Vaserman Samuels, as Advisor to the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, read her message: “It is precisely UNESCO’s role to build the defences against antisemitism… through education, history and the legacy of all cultures, including Jewish culture and Judaism… the cultural heritage of Jerusalem as the holy city of all three monotheistic religions.”
Newly-arrived Deputy Ambassador of Israel to the UK, Sharon Bar-li, pointed to the exhibition’s relevance during this year’s centenary of the Balfour Declaration.