Pence will attend a new promulgation of the historic UN vote on Israel


On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UN vote that led to the establishment of the state of Israel, Vice President Mike Pence will attend on Tuesday a recreation of the historic event in Queens.

Pence will give the keynote address at the Queens Museum, which in 1947 was the UN headquarters where the vote on Resolution 181 was held.

The Israel Mission to the UN and the World Jewish Congress are the hosts of the event, where representatives of the 33 nations that voted for the establishment of the Jewish state will re-enact the vote of November 29, 1947.

Initiated by Danny Danon, Israel's ambbadador to the UN, the event attracted to more than 50 UN ambbadadors, veteran diplomats and leaders of the Jewish community around the world, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The ceremony will also include speeches by Danon, President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder and video greetings from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

"This festive event puts you in a very high state at the UN, and attests to the great support we have at the United Nations," Danon told The Jerusalem Post. "I consider it a triumphant appearance, the current era at the UN is a new era, thanks to the United States."

United States Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin is also expected to attend.

After the vote, the artists will perform the traditional dance of the circle Hora in celebration – as did the Jewish residents in Palestine after the original vote.

Israeli singer Ninet Tayeb will perform "Jerusalem of Gold" and Israel's national anthem, "HaTikvah."

"Seventy years ago this week, 33 nations recognized the right of the Jewish people to establish a state of their own, an unprecedented decision that brought together a group of Jewish exiles from around the world," Lauder said, according to Israel National News

"In recent years, we have witnessed how many states try to kidnap this same body for political maneuvers, both anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic," he said. "But we must always remember that it was the United Nations, in essence, the representative body of all the countries of the world, who affirmed Israel's legitimate right to statehood."

For the event, the room at the Queens Museum has been decorated to look like it did on voting day, with wooden tables, a stage and a map of the world hanging on the wall.

Times Square will also show videos of the original vote along with Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, declaring the establishment of the incipient Jewish state.

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