UN Culture Body Unesco Admits Palestinians in Landslide Vote; US withholds funds

  • commoncoll

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    Oct 31, 2011 7:54 PM GMT

    "The vote at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization prompted the U.S. to cut off financial support, which totals about $80 million a year, or 22 percent of the operating budget. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a briefing that as of today the U.S. has halted $60 million in funding for the agency."

    Palestine was voted in with 107 in favor, 14 against. The US will withhold a $60 million transfer for next month.

    Another shameful moment for the United States. While the government screams it's support for democracy, education, science, and culture, it's actions show otherwise. Passed in the 1990s by a pro-Israel Congress, US law prohibits aid for support of Palestine. The past US commitment to this organization show how highly the US regards this organizations.

    Israel has said that it will encourage the growth of cultural diversity and protect these resources in Palestine.
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    Oct 31, 2011 10:20 PM GMT
    This action by the US just confirms that we were not a fair peace broker, to be handling negotiations between Palestine and Israel, it shows that the US only represents one side. The action gives the lie to our supposed position in the world of promoting Democracy, when we not only try to deny Palestinians their right to seek peace by belonging to a peacefull organization such as UNESCO, but further embararssed ourselves by a basic blackmail effort at wirthdrawing our contributions and threatened to do likewise to any other organizations who support the now peacefull West Bank Palestine.

    These actions Isolate the US and delegitimizes our standing as a standard bearere of Democratic principles and values around the world. We should all be ashamed of this action.

    We have to thank the influence and money involved in AIPAC and its Afilliates who daily lobby our US Congress to support Israel or lose favor and donations for the descenting congressman or worman. This group were behind the lobbying for the above referenced legislation to cut funding to any UN group supporting Palestine.

    More of the 'Tail (israel's Lobby AIPAC) wagging the dog(the US)"

    Look up the article about the US cutting UNESCO funding on Haaretz News an Israeli Publication and read the comments there against the US being so influenced as to take such actions.

    CNN is reporting that there was laughter in the UN General Council when Israel voted against Palestine membership in UNESCO, and raucus applause when it passed. What an embarassing day for the US in the eyes of the world.

    If anything such actions will backfire and convince more country's to vot for Palestine's Statehood Bid.
  • JP85257

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    Oct 31, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    They need to totally defund the UN and foreclose on the building.
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    Nov 01, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
    JP85257 saidThey need to totally defund the UN and foreclose on the building.

    Well I see we have a far righter in our midst who supports undemocratic actions from the US. This no vote from the US is in total contradiction to Obama's Speech about Democracy in the Middle East a couple years ago when he raised their hopes. But no, it wasn't to be, because AIPAC and its affiliates needed to be placated for their money and vote influence for his next election.

    Who is dumb enough to think that the rest of the world doesn't see right through this sherade, take a read of the comments against Obama/the US over this on the Israeli site, Haaretz News. A lot of apparent Jewish People don't even like it. Israeli's want peace too, and they don't even agree with this crap the Israeli Government and the US are doing. Some like our RJ-Zionist Fanatic, LIL'AIPAC *C4) are for this undemocratic act, but not the majority, at least not on Haaretz News.
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:03 PM GMT
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    AP reporter confronts US spokesperson over UNESCO decision

    He ripped her apart. "The US still supports UNESCO," she in effect said, "but we won't pay our share anymore, because we're committed to the Israelis at all costs, and hate the Palestinians. Despite our being in a minority of 14, versus 107 voting for, with abstentions." Maybe the US should be expelled from UNESCO.

    The US once again made out to be the world bully and fool, because of the Israeli lobby in this country. And it has nothing to do with Obama, because any Republican would have, and has done, the same. Nice to know who pulls our US strings in the Middle East, even when not in our best national interests.
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    If is wasn't clear before this interview, it most certainly is now, that the US has no backing in reality of how Palestinian Membership in UNESCO even remotely undermines peace.

    EXCEPT !!! That Israeli's doesn't like it, Israel wants to have the last word, Isreal is scared to death that Palestine will by various memberships in the UN, make it impossible for Isreali Zionist Fanatics to lay claim to all of the West Bankf for their Ideological "greater Israel".

    They know that for decades now they have been using the sham front of seeking peace for a Palestinian State, while in actuality stealing more and more land, building more and more settlements to so frustrate that process that it makes a Palestinian State impossible by their man made 'facts on the ground'. The US because of its being led by the Israeli lobby AIPAC and its affilliates for money and influence for votes, the US is in fact complicit in this game.

    The world sees this and that is exactly why the vote was so lopsided in favor of fairness for the Palestinians, Every action like this blind backing of Israel from the US, and such as today's Israeli Knesset Committee considering penalizing sanctions even such as increasing settlement building only serves to further Isolate and delegitimize both Israel and the US for backing them. Such actions prove to the world that indeed, it is nearly impossible for Palestine to deal with Israel for a fair outcome.
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    Nov 01, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    Hey Pouncer !!! thanks for finding and posting what these Fanatic LIKUD's came up with as punishment for Palestine's terribly unpeacefull act of seeking membership in a UN Cultural Body.

    I thought they'd act in an arrogant way and end up helping Palestine by giving yet another example of why they needed to go around the far right Israeli government, but I had no idea they would have the 'CHUTZPAH' to go this far in showing their damned asses.

    What a 'shining example of the Israeli 'Democratic values' from 'the city on the hill' Jerusalem. Proclaiming its glories as the only true Democracy in the Middle East. YES SIR EEEEE !!! and they wonder why they are so Isolated ? Hell !!! Announce some more theft of land next week for settlements and see if it helps your cause Netanyahu, after all, God, AIPAC and the US Christians are on your side, so you can do or justify anything !!!