When the United Nations celebrated its 50th anniversary, Unesco refused to mention the Shoah - the Holocaust - in its World War II resolution, intentionally ignoring Israel’s request to include a reference to the destruction of European Jewry.
Since then, the UN’s cultural body has passed from ignoring the Jewish requests to an obsessive promotion of Hitlerism in the Arab world.
The latest number of Zayzafuna, the Palestinian Authority magazine for children, included an essay submitted by a teenage girl in which Adolf Hitler is presented as a positive figure to be admired because he killed Jews in order to benefit the world.
The story, revealed by the Palestinian Media Watch, shows a girl in her dream asking Hitler: “You’re the one who killed the Jews?”. Hitler responds: “Yes. I killed them so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world”.
The case is not just another example of Palestinian incitement to hatred. Since August 2011, the magazine is financed by Unesco and the MDG Achievement Fund, another UN foundation funded by the Spanish government.
After the Palestinians were accepted as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s 195th member in late October, they can now apply for World Heritage classification for cultural sites they deem exclusively theirs, such as Hevron’s Cave of the Patriarchs, Rachel Tomb and Jerusalem’s “holy basin”. Such sites would be protected by the UN and could receive funding from Unesco for restoration.
When the Palestinian National Authority came into being in 1993, it pledged to junk its controversial textbooks, some of which date as far back as the ‘40s, and replace them with updated versions, purged of the anti-Jew racism and incitement that permeate the texts imported from Arab countries, many of which are reportedly still in use in Jordan.
In 1994, Palestinian officials launched a textbook-replacement program, with the financing and help of Unesco. The problem is that the Palestinian textbooks were not amended so as to be rid of the anti-Jewish remarks.
According to a recent report by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, the Palestinian textbooks funded by Unesco and the European Union are still inciting against Israel:
“Palestine” is shown to encompass all the Jewish State, the Jewish holy sites (such as the Temple Mount) have been erased, and Arab “martyrdom” is praised. In these texts, Jews are described as “cunning”, “locusts” and “wild animals”.
Unesco, in 2003, financed the renovation of the Alexandria library, where a copy of the anti-Semitic booklet “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” was soon prominently displayed.