The Struggle for Jerusalem in International Diplomacy
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs president Amb. Dore Gold delivered a multi-media presentation on September 5, 2017, in London at Sixty One Whitehall, the venue of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), titled, “The Struggle for Jerusalem in International Diplomacy.”
After crushing Bar Kokhba in 135, the Roman occupiers decided to annihilate all Jewish hope for Jerusalem. They decided to crush historical truth. They renamed Jerusalem with a new name – Aelia Capitolina, and they also gave Judea a new name – Syria-Palestina. This is the actual origin of the name Palestine. That was the methodology then and that is the methodology being used today, attacking our very identity and twisting history. Today it’s called the delegitimization of Israel. Well, it didn’t work then and it’s not going to work now.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mark Regev, delivered opening remarks. Chairing the event was Col. Richard Kemp, an associate fellow at RUSI and former commander of UK forces in Afghanistan.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification – and in response to UN resolutions that sought to deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem – Amb. Gold created an original, world-class presentation of 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem, with the assistance of Israel’s finest, state of the art multi-media technology. This exciting sensory experience brings sacred sites and ancient documents to life while telling the story of the Jewish people’s unbreakable connection to Israel and Jerusalem through the ages.
In the live presentation, Gold offers compelling visuals of archaeological treasures, rare documents, vintage photos and clandestine film footage that brings the historical record to life, offering irrefutable evidence of the Jewish people’s persistent ties to Jerusalem.
Amb. Gold had previously brought his presentation to the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America in New York and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
Amb. Gold is the author of The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Regnery, 2007). This presentation is part of the Jerusalem Center’s ongoing struggle against the delegitimization of Israel and for the legal rights of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.
There is no true division of Jerusalem into East and West. Arab and Jewish neighborhoods are often intermingled.