Most of the civilized world is unaware that after the terrible night of Kristallnacht in Germany and the beginning of clear persecution of Jews at the beginning of World War II, hundreds of residents of Manila, in the Philippines, took to the streets to protest.
Philippine President Manuel Luis 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 the heart of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, commemorates and tells the heroic story of those people who stood with the Jewish people and helped it during the previous generations, during the darkest periods in history.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Ilan Scolnik from the Friends of Zion Museum met with H.E. Ambassador Nathaniel Imperial of the Philippines at the Embassy 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 BDS and fighting anti-Semitism in the Global area. The Ambassador recorded a special message to be broadcast on social media in English and Pilipino calling for people around the world to stand with Israel and combat anti-Semitism. He emphasized the importance of continuing the legacy President Quezon began during World War II.
The FOZ Museum is one of the newest attractions in the very heart of Jerusalem inviting visitors from all over the world to experience the courageous stories of Christians who have supported the Jewish people and the State of Israel in the last 200 years. Among the inspiring heroes presented are US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Pastor George Bush, Major-General Orde Wingate and Righteous Among the Nations Irena Sendler, Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, and the Ten Boom family, who risked their lives to save Jews persecuted throughout the world, as well as many others who, through their faith, have forged an everlasting bond between Jewish and Christian people.
Magnificently told, the FOZ Museum uses groundbreaking technology, allowing visitors to experience the unfolding story as though stepping back in time. Exhibits employ a wide range of integrated and interactive technologies, from 3D presentations and giant touch screens to video mapping projections on unique sculptures and complex roto scope animations that transform live-action video footage into a painted media.
The FOZ Museum opened in Jerusalem in 2015 with the vision of serving as a bridge, enabling people from around the world to join the scores of people throughout history who have supported the people, the promise and State of Israel.