Gaza art 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
LONDON – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said it has no connection with the controversial exhibition of photographs and art by children from the Gaza Strip that toured Scotland last week.
The “Loss of Innocence” exhibition was brought to the UK last year by anti- Israel activist Rod Cox, a bar owner from Chester, and toured in four cities in Scotland – Dumfries, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh – claiming it was supported by UNESCO Gaza.
UNESCO in the UK said on Friday that it was not even familiar with the exhibition.
“I have been in contact with the UNESCO office in Ramallah, which has an
antenna office in Gaza, and they have confirmed that they are not
familiar with this project and have not contributed to the organization
of the exhibition,” a UNESCO spokesman told The Jerusalem Post
The exhibition was hosted by the extremist fringe group Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
The display has been erected in a number of universities and other
venues, including Manchester Cathedral in the north of England, since
Cox said he wants it to “achieve a wider awareness of Israel’s crimes” and wants the exhibition to show in schools.
“The pictures show attacks by the Israeli army on civilians. While the
Israelis claim they are fighting a just war they are suppressing any
evidence to the contrary. The pictures reveal evidence of bombs that
tear off arms and legs, and of the widespread use of bulldozers in the
front line, demolishing houses to bury people alive, as well as
destroying agricultural land, so they could be evidence of war crimes,
too,” he said.
Cox brought back the collection of children’s paintings and drawings
after spending time in Gaza last year. He was part of the Viva Palestina
convoy to Gaza, led by controversial former MP George Galloway in March
Earlier this year, the UK’s Charity Commission accused the group of
misleading the public over the amount of money it had raisead for Gaza.
The Commission said it raised around £180,000, not the over £1 million
it had claimed.