Some 60 ambassadors from four continents attended an Israeli-hosted “model Seder” in the United Nations headquarters.
By: United with Israel Staff
Israel’s Ambassador Danny Danon on Tuesday hosted ambassadors and senior diplomats from over 60 countries for a “model Seder” in the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The attendees participated in the rituals of the Passover holiday, including reading from the Hagaddah and tasting the traditional foods served at the meal.
The Seder, which was organized by Israel’s Mission to the UN in cooperation with the European Coalition for Israel, was attended by ambassadors from four continents, including representatives of the United Kingdom, Turkey, Argentina and Rwanda.
“While we are preparing to celebrate the Festival of Freedom and the struggle of the ancient Jews against bondage and slavery, the Iranian regime continues to threaten Israel and to spread terror throughout the Middle East,” Danon told the attendees.
“These are fateful days. Now is the time for the countries of the world to join us in standing up to Iran and put an end to their attempts to destabilize the entire region,” he continued.
Tomas Sandell, the Founding Director of the European Coalition for Israel, added that “the Passover Seder helped explain, among many other things, the long and unbroken connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. In a day and age when UN organizations such as UNESCO has tried to put into question the Jewish claim to Jerusalem it is important to know that the history of the Jewish people in the Promised Land dates back, not seventy years, but closer to 3,500 years.”
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has passed a series of anti-Israel resolution in recent years.
In May, for example, UNESCO passed a motion denying the Jewish historical and religious ties to Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day.
In July, UNESCO voted to designate Hebron’s Old City and the Cave of the Patriarchs “Palestinian World Heritage Sites.”
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