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        1/19/2014, Shevat 18, 5774

      US Concerned over UN Cancellation of Jewish Exhibit

      Reuters reports the United States on Friday criticized UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural arm, for postponing an exhibition about Jews and the Holy Land due to complaints from Arab member states.

      The U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, based in Paris, says Reuters, issued a statement saying it would hold off on the exhibition, which was to be called "People, Book, Land -- The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People to the Holy Land," because of concerns that some aspects "might be perceived by member states as endangering the peace process."

      The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, according to Reuters, urged UNESCO to rethink the decision on the exhibition, which UNESCO was organizing in cooperation with the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

      "UNESCO's decision is wrong and should be reversed," she said in a statement., quotes Reuters. "The United States has engaged at senior levels to urge UNESCO to allow this exhibit to proceed as soon as possible."