Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:32am

In response to the UNESCO Vote, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress welcomes UNESCO's unanimous vote to postpone two anti-Israel motions that were due to be tabled at this week's meeting in Paris. We understand and appreciate the pressure Arab leaders are under to attack Israel at every opportunity through international institutions and so we recognise the courage shown today. This is of course only a small step forwards, however it is a no less significant development for that. We call on Arab leaders to continue to stand firm against the forces of blind hatred and bigotry and work towards a more constructive and mutually beneficial dialogue with Israel. There is only one way to bring positive change to the Middle-East and that is through dialogue. Peace in Israel will only be possible if the nations of the Gulf actively promote it, and to reach that position it is incumbent on those on us in the US and the West to show as much support as possible to Arab leaders when they take positive action, and this week’s UNESCO vote is a good example. If Arab leaders see that Jewish and Israeli institutions and are willing to engage then we believe they can be encouraged to tone down their rhetoric.”