Does Israel really have a place in UNESCO, as Audrey Azoulay says?
Director of UNESCO retired
The most recent Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, regretted the departure of Israel from this Organization to which this country has belonged since 1949.
She added: "Israel has its place" within UNESCO.
Is this the case?
Having a place in an organization means, at the very least, the same treatment as other members.
What is it exactly?
In 69 years of presence at UNESCO, Israel was once a member of the Executive Council (in the person Moshe Avidor). On the other hand, Egypt has carried out 17 mandates, Algeria 10, Tunisia 10, Saudi Arabia 6, Kuwait 6, Jordan 7.
Israel is part of the region "Western Europe and others" against any geographical logic. Rather strange, when we know that one of the functions of UNESCO is, I quote " promote alliances, partnerships and cooperation at the global and regional levels. "
In 1974, UNESCO even declared Israel "above ground". Let's remember. In the wake of the admission of Palestine as an observer, the eighteenth session of the General Conference decided not to associate Israel with the European group. Israel is thus "put out of region".
The French press protested against "the discriminatory position of UNESCO towards Israel". A petition of French intellectuals is published. It asserts that in carrying out this "spiritual cancellation" of Israel, Unesco is opening the way to its "physical annihilation" and thus resumes the "extermination process developed by the totalitarianisms of the twentieth century". It is signed by French intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Eugène Ionesco, Raymond Aron, François Jacob, Emmanuel Leroy-Ladurie, Jean-Louis Barrault, Madeleine Renaud, Marthe Robert, Nathalie Sarraute, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, etc., who say they "now refuse to collaborate with Unesco". Only two years later, at the General Conference in Nairobi, Israel will be attached to the European group.
Regularly, UNESCO's Executive Board condemns Israel's discriminatory educational policy toward Palestinians. Conversely, no resolution has come to condemn the spread of anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli hatred in the textbooks of most Arab-Muslim countries including Palestine. Even Tunisian voices make the observation: " Reform your school (...) because terrorism and extremism historically come from your home Said, addressing Saudi Arabia, Abdeljalil Ben Salem, Tunisian Minister of Religious Affairs, today dismissed. (The Figaro of November 6, 2016).
No dear Mrs Azoulay, Contrary to what you affirm UNESCO is not " an institution committed to the defense of freedom of expression, in the prevention of anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms Even though she has developed, as you point out "A unique Holocaust remembrance and genocide prevention program" ". His commitment is variable in geometry.
Regularly, in the pure tradition of Stalinist revisionists and extreme right-wing deniers, she ended up denying any connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem.
How, in this case, can we give credit to UNESCO's social sciences and humanities program when its governing bodies play a dangerous role in revising history.
Since the noble universal missions of UNESCO depend on partisan power relations, since Israel is treated as a pariah state then yes it is better to bow down.
Then perhaps one day, as Jews have been saying for so many centuries at the time of Pesach (Passover): "next year in Jerusalem, in peace".