Ambassador Danny Danon brings forty United Nations Ambassadors to visit City of David in defiance of Unesco

Ambassador Danon: “Nowhere better on earth than City of David to demonstrate the Jewish people’s historic connection to Jerusalem”

Forty United Nations Ambassadors from around the globe visited the City of David – Ancient Jerusalem on Friday afternoon as the guests of Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon. The Ambassadors toured the three-thousand-year-old archaeological excavations of ancient Jerusalem together with Moshe Leon, Mayor of Jerusalem, Israel Prize Recipient and Founder of the City of David Foundation, David Be’eri and Vice-President of City of David Foundation, Doron Spielman. The visit comes just weeks after the United States and Israel left The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization over its ongoing anti-Israel bias and denial of the historical of ancient Jerusalem to Jews and Christians.

credit: Eliyahu Yanai, City of David

Ambassador Danny Danon explained the specific significance of the visit to the City of David to him and his colleagues: “I have brought 40 United Nations Ambassadors here to the City of David; to see where it all began. Three-thousand years ago, this is where King David established his capital city. The land of Israel is our ancestral homeland and Jerusalem is our eternal capital. We will continue to bring United Nations Ambassadors, diplomats and staffers here to the City of David, because there is nowhere better on earth that City of David to demonstrate the Jewish people’s historic connection to Jerusalem. At UNESCO our history become a point of debate and was later denied. It is easy to theorize from afar, but here in the City of David the archaeology shows a clear and indisputable reality.”

Ambassador Danon then held-up a two-thousand-year-old coin, bearing the words: "For the freedom of Zion" in ancient Hebrew and declared: "I’m holding a 2,000-year-old coin, found here in the archeological excavations in the City of David, the coin is inscribed with the words: 'For the freedom of Zion' and it served the last of the Jewish rebels on the eve of the destruction of our Holy Temple. The connection between the Jewish people and its eternal capital Jerusalem began more than 3,000 years ago, and this coin is only one of many examples of this, and no decision by the UNESCO can erase this connection”.

We are honored to welcome you all to Jerusalem, the united, undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish people. For two thousand years, we prayed daily to return to the land upon which you stand today. There are few greater educational, scientific and cultural sites on earth more impressive than the City of David, this is where Jerusalem began.” Mayor Moshe Leon

The archaeological facts that have been uncovered in City of David; demonstrate the Jewish people’s deep connection to Jerusalem, our historic and modern-day capital. Attempts by discriminatory and biased organizations like UNESCO will never succeed. Today, the City of David is overflowing with United Nations Ambassadors from around the world that have come to witness that the most ancient people on earth living in their ancient recorded capital are the Jews in Jerusalem.” Doron Spielman, Vice-President, City of David Foundation.

Gallery. Photography credits: Eliyahu Yanai, City of David. videography credit: Gil Mezuman


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