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Believe It Or Not: U.S. Officials Are Now Praising UNESCO

By Claudia Rosett

American engagement just isn’t going well these days at UNESCO, the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. On Monday, despite U.S. objections, UNESCO’s General Conference voted to give a seat to the Palestinians, thus making UNESCO the first UN outfit to grant the Palestinians full membership. On the part of the Palestinian Authority, the bid to join UNESCO was a violation of their own past agreements, and a betrayal of the trust with which the U.S. has been bankrolling Palestinian development in exchange for Palestinians pledges of peace that can only come by way of good faith dealings with Israel, not by UN fiat. On the part of a majority of UNESCO’s member states, the vote was a festival of derision toward the U.S. and prejudice against Israel, as the “yes” votes for Palestinian membership were greeted in the chamber with cheers and applause. The tally was a slap-happy 107 states in favor, and 14 states against (including the U.S.), with 52 abstaining.

UNESCO’s seating of the Palestinians has triggered American laws that require the U.S. administration to cut funding to any part of the UN that gives membership to the Palestinians before they have actually met the qualifications for functional statehood (such as scrapping plans to terrorize and obliterate their neighbors).

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