Friends of Zion museum in Israel thanks the Philippine people for standing with Jews during World War Two.
By Israel News Online / Friends of Zion Museum
On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Ilan Scolnik from the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem met with Philippine Ambassador to Israel Nathaniel G. Imperial to mark the immense contribution of the Philippine people to the Jewish people and to the State of Israel, during the Second World War and up to the present day.
The two discussed the importance of combating boycotts of Israel and fighting global anti-Semitism. The ambassador recorded a special message to be broadcast on social media calling for people around the world to stand with Israel and combat anti-Semitism. He emphasized the importance of continuing the legacy of Philippine President Manuel Luis Quezon began during World War II.
Many people are unaware that after Kristallnacht hundreds of residents of Manila, in the Philippines, took to the streets to protest. President Quezon immediately took action and issued an official declaration condemning the Nazis, declaring that his country will distribute visas to Jewish immigrants. Against all odds, he succeeded in issuing 10,000 visas to European Jewry.
President Quezon did not stop there and initiated the establishment of housing for Jewish immigrants, finding employment solutions, and even requisitioning farmland from his estate for their use. In addition, he established the first synagogue in Manila, Temple Emil.
The Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem commemorates and tells the story of those people who stood with the Jewish people during the darkest periods in history. The museum opened in Jerusalem in 2015 with the vision of enabling people from around the world to join the scores of people throughout history who have stood alongside Jews.
Last year, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and Republican presidential candidate, said that “anybody who is going to Israel should go to see the Friends of Zion Museum. It is just remarkable and is getting so much buzz in Israel and abroad.”
Huckabee’s comment was in response to Dr. George Wood, head of the World Assemblies of God, who shared his enthusiastic impression of his visit to the museum in Jerusalem. “The Friends of Zion Museum is extraordinarily moving, spectacular,” remarked Dr Wood.