‘Palestine’ was admitted today to UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and and Cultural Organization. The Voice of America reports that
France voted for the motion, along with almost all Arab, African, Latin American and Asian nations, including China and India. Israel, the United States, Canada and Germany voted against it. Japan and Britain abstained. A two-thirds vote was required by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s 193 members. [but see below regarding the part in italics]
The contributions of ‘Palestine’ in these areas is well-known. It’s about time they were recognized.
Take for example, the educational achievement of both the PLO and Hamas, who have educated an entire generation with such vicious hatred of Jews and Israelis that they are prepared to die in order to kill them (including babies).
Palestinian advances in rocket science are also remarkable. The new Qassams have a range of up to 30 miles and can carry a payload of up to 100 pounds of explosive. Sure, they don’t compare to the Russian-designed Grad missiles that have been landing on Israeli towns lately, but they show what can be done with simple technology and available materials, if only you have enough desire to commit murder.
And culture — well, a picture is worth a thousand words:
I know that all rules and normal standards are suspended when the Palestinians are involved, but it appears that ‘Palestine’ isn’t even eligible for membership, according to the UNESCO charter, which allows for the following to join: UN members, states which are not UN members (on a 2/3 vote of the UNESCO General Conference), and finally
Territories or groups of territories which are not responsible for the conduct of their international relations may be admitted as Associate Members by the General Conference by a two-thirds majority of Members present and voting, upon application made on behalf of such territory or group of territories by the Member or other authority having responsibility for their international relations.
I think that applies to entities like Puerto Rico. ‘Palestine’ is none of these. But hey, who’s counting? This is ‘Palestine’!
But here is some excellent news (also from the VOA item linked above):
The United States says it is cutting off financial contributions to the United Nations cultural agency following its vote Monday to grant Palestinians full membership.
The State Department said Washington will not make a $60-million November payment to UNESCO because of a longstanding U.S. law that prohibits American support for any U.N.-affiliated body that accepts Palestinian membership.
Washington currently is UNESCO’s biggest funding source, supplying 22 percent of the agency’s budget.
Now it’s time to completely cut off the Palestinian Authority from all US aid. There are plenty of good reasons for doing so, including
- its direct financial support for convicted terrorists,
- the continued vicious incitement in its media,
- its payment of ‘salaries’ to functionaries located in Hamas-controlled Gaza,
- its abrogation of international treaties including the Oslo accords,
And last, but not least:
- its reconciliation with the explicitly genocidal Hamas.