Ambassador Danon: “A Win for Israeli Diplomacy”
Following a demand by Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, the exhibition commissioned by the Israeli Mission and the non-profit StandWithUs will be displayed at UN headquarters. Parts of the exhibit were originally censored by the UN. “The decision to allow the panel on Zionism is a clear win for Israeli diplomacy and a victory for the truth about Israel,” said Ambassador Danon. “The UN must now reverse its decision to censor the other elements and allow all the panels to be exhibited – including the sections on Jerusalem and Arab Israelis,” he continued.
The Israeli exhibition opened today (Monday) at UN headquarters without the panels banned by the UN. Instead, a protest exhibit was displayed featuring the banned panel about Zionism and the word “censored” written on it. Later in the day, the UN reversed its decision and allowed the Zionism panel to be exhibited.
“This is a step in the right direction, but the UN must reverse its earlier decision entirely and allow the exhibit to be displayed without censoring the truth about Israel and Jerusalem – the eternal capital of the Jewish people,” Ambassador Danon continued.
Forty years ago the UN General Assembly approved a resolution equating Zionism with racism. The resolution was reversed sixteen years later. The attempt by the UN to censor significant elements of the Israeli exhibition is an affront to the most basic values of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
Shahar Azani, StandWithUs’s Executive Director of the Northeast region of the United States, added: “The UN’s reversal of its decision is an important victory that sends a clear message about the importance of standing strong for what you believe in. We thank Ambassador Danon and Israel’s Mission to the UN for their leadership, and we at StandWithUs, will continue to stand by the people and the State of Israel against lies and any attempt to censorship the truth about the vibrant and diverse democracy that is the modern State of Israel.”