The UN has disqualified key sections of a special exhibition about Israel which present information about Zionism, Jerusalem and Arab Israelis.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, who together with the NGO StandWithUs initiated the exhibition, expressed disappointment about the censorship, demanding that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reverse the move.
"By disqualifying an exhibition about Zionism the UN is undermining the very existence of the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people,” said Danon. "We will not allow the UN to censor the fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital."
The exhibition was to be opened at the UN on Monday, but in light of the censorship decision targeting Jewish heritage in the land of Israel, Danon decided to present the public with the parts of the exhibit banned by the UN.
"According to this scandalous decision, Zionism is not worthy of the UN so we are taking appropriate measures. We will make sure that these banned exhibits will be viewed by millions around the world," he promised.
Danon noted that the UN General Assembly 40 years ago passed a resolution equating Zionism with racism. While that discriminatory resolution was reversed 16 years later, the new disqualification move is a de-facto enactment of the same old resolution that defined Zionism as "unacceptable," he argued.
"The UN must reverse this outrageous decision and apologize to the Jewish people. Zionism and Jerusalem are the foundation-stones and the moral basis upon which the State of Israel was founded," concluded the ambassador.
The three disqualified exhibits can be viewed below.