Watching the video is like deja vu ...... pre-war Germany, but this time on a global scale. The Holocaust was a transnational movement, too. And while it was a German initiative, it was carried out by every nation in Europe, save for the Danes. There were Dutch Nazis, Polish Nazis -- Europe as a continent decided it was a good idea to get rid of the Jews. Now the international community has decided to rid the world of the tiny Jewish state.
Witness the cheering of the declaration of statehood for a annihilationist movement dedicated to the destruction of the state of Israel. The OIC, which functions as the modern universal caliphate, is behind this.
While UNESCO was rewarding terrorists for their bloody decades-long war on the Jews, Israelis were huddling in bunkers as jihadists in Gaza shelled the tiny Jewish state in a new round of attacks on the Jewish people. Schools in southern Israel were closed today because of the rocket attacks.
There will be nothing left of the free world if we allow Obama to continue this on-the-job training for another four years.
John Bolton said, "UNESCO, true to form, has voted today to admit the Palestinian Authority as a member. So ineffective was Obama administration diplomacy that France voted in favor of Palestinian membership, and Britain and Japan abstained. U.S. statutes, dating from 1990, now require a full cutoff of U.S. funding, which Congress should insist occur immediately. Should the administration seek changes in the applicable statutory provisions that would eliminate or weaken the funding cutoff, Congress should reject them. UNESCO has made its decision: It prefers Palestinian membership to American participation. Now let the rest of the U.N. specialized agencies make their choice."
US is cutting off funding not because of Obama, but because it is mandated by Congress.
The United States is cancelling funding for the UN cultural body Unesco after it voted to grant full membership to the Palestinians.
The motion was passed by a substantial majority, despite strong opposition from the United States and Israel.
A US state department spokeswoman said a payment of some $60m (£37m) due next month would not be made.
Membership dues paid by the US account for about a fifth of the organisation's annual budget.
This is the first UN agency the Palestinians have sought to join since submitting their bid for recognition to the Security Council in September.
The UN Security Council will vote next month on whether to grant the Palestinians full UN membership.
This is a historic day, said Palestinian deputy Minister of Antiquities Hamdan Taha, beaming from ear to ear in Ramallah.
Unesco membership may seem a strange and short step to Palestinian statehood. But leaders here see it as part of a broader push to get international recognition and pressure Israel. They see it as a warm-up for a more important vote next month when the UN Security Council will decide whether to admit Palestine as a full member state.
The US has veto power at the security council and has threatened to use it. It had no such power at Unesco so instead lobbied hard to try and force the Palestinians to back down. It will likely cut all US funding for Unesco - $70m a year, or 22% of its annual budget.
But Unesco members seemed to put politics before money, clearly voting in favour of the Palestinian bid. This was a failure of US power, one Palestinian official told me.
The victory will give a boost to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He lost ground to his rival Hamas when the Islamist movement secured the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit two weeks ago.
Arab states were instrumental in getting the vote passed despite intense opposition from the US.
In an emotional session, China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa voted in favour of Palestinian membership, while the US, Canada and Germany voted against and the UK abstained.
Membership of Unesco - perhaps best known for its World Heritage Sites - is seen by Palestinian leaders as part of a broader push to get international recognition and put pressure on Israel.
"This vote will erase a tiny part of the injustice done to the Palestinian people," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told the meeting of the UN educational, scientific and cultural organisation in Paris, after the result was announced.
One of the first moves Palestinians are set to make is to apply for world heritage status for sites on occupied Palestinian land such as the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Associated Press news agency reports.'In a bind'
A US law passed in the 1990s bars giving funding to any UN body that admits the Palestinians as full members before an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is reached.
"We were to have made a $60m payment to Unesco in November and we will not be making that payment," state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told journalists in Washington.
Ms Nuland called the Unesco move "regrettable" and "premature", but said that while continued US funding was impossible, the administration wanted to remain an active member of Unesco.
She also expressed concern over the loss of US influence and the possibility that the same scenario might unfold with other UN agencies. The administration would now consult with Congress to see how to protect US interests, she said.
For its part, Israel called the vote a "unilateral Palestinian manoeuvre which will bring no change on the ground but further removes the possibility for a peace agreement".
"The Palestinian move at Unesco, as with similar such steps with other UN bodies, is tantamount to a rejection of the international community's efforts to advance the peace process," a foreign ministry statement said.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since last year over the issue of Israeli settlement building.
The Israeli statement also said Israel would be considering further steps regarding its co-operation with Unesco.'Symbolic breakthrough'
Correspondents say Monday's vote is a symbolic breakthrough but that on its own it will not create a Palestinian state.