Monday, October 31, 2011
U.S. cuts off aid to UNESCO Over Admission Of 'Palestine'
The United States has cut off $180 million in aid to UN group UNESCO after the group voted to accept 'Palestine' for membership, 107-14. This triggered existing law that prohibit American support of U.N. agencies that accept 'Palestine' as a member before negotiations between Israel and 'Palestine' are completed between the parties as called for by the Road Map, a treaty that the UN is signatory to but has apparently chosen to ignore.Australia, Canada, Germany and Holland voted against Palestinian membership along with the US. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted in favor. Britain and Italy abstained.
The Obama administration had no choice but to go along with the defunding, since support for the law is strongly bi-partisan, led by Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign committee, Tom Cole, a former chairman of the House Republicans’ campaign committee, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen(R-FL)who was instrumental in drafting the legislation.
UNESCO, like a number of other UN organizations has a long and disgraceful history of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Any self -respecting nation with a sincere belief in the UN's purported mission should have yanked UNESCO funding a long time ago. And frankly, that's true of almost everything connected with the UN.
The member nations of UNESCO were fully aware of the US law concerned, knew it was wrong and did this anyway. There's always a price tag attached to such actions.