UNESCO Director General Irina Bokovareacted to the decision of Education Minister Naftali Bennett to suspend Israeli ties with UNESCO, after the organization passed a resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.
In her letter, Bokova wrote that she believes in the 3,500 year-old connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, and promised to work against anti-Semitic and anti-Israel activism.
Bennett, who also serves as the president of Israel’s National Commission for UNESCO, had announced a suspension of professional ties with UNESCO following its decision to pass a resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.
Bokova emphasized in her letter that she disagreed with the UNESCO decision, and emphasized her commitment, and that of UNESCO member states, “to work in ways that advance dialogue and peace.”
Bokova cited an exhibit called “People, Book, Land: 3,500 years of Connection between the Jewish People and the Holy Land,” which was organized with UNESCO cooperation and was exhibited throughout the world.