These are the monsters created in Obama's post-American world. The idea that a terror statelet whose entire reason for being is annihilation and genocide would be voted a member of the UN cultural and educational agency says more about the state of the UN today than anything.
"Palestine" is the stolen name of the state of Israel. Its sole contribution to humanity is the scourge of modern-day terrorism. It is also now a full member of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Just last week, the leaders of the PA said that they would never recognize the Jewish state, and as their reward? Full membership in UNESCO. You just can't make this stuff up.
This is clearly the work of the modern universal caliphate, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Thanks again to Obama, who has successfully rendered America impotent in these matters. What a horror he is.
Every single penny of American freedom-loving, life-loving dollars should be withdrawn from the UN immediately.
This is one to watch. The Republicans should relentlessly beat the O-campaign over the head with this one. Is someone in the GOP making a list of his monstrous failures? Obama has singlehandedly done more to diminish American influence and dismantle the power structure in the world that was in favor of the good and the free than any of our enemies ever could. It is, in a word, breathtaking.
Palestine becomes member of UN cultural body Associated Press (hat tip Carmel)
PARIS (AP) — Palestine became a full member of the U.N. Cultural and educational agency Monday, in a highly divisive move that the United States and other opponents say could harm renewed Mideast peace efforts.
U.S. Lawmakers had threatened to withhold roughly $80 million in annual funding to UNESCO if it approved Palestinian membership. The United States provides about 22 percent of UNESCO's funding.
Huge cheers went up in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after delegates approved the membership in a vote of 107-14 with 52 abstentions. Eighty-one votes were needed for approval in a hall with 173 UNESCO member delegations present.
"Long Live Palestine!" shouted one delegate, in French, at the unusually tense and dramatic meeting of UNESCO's General Conference.
While the vote has large symbolic meaning, the issue of borders of an eventual Palestinian state, security troubles and other disputes that have thwarted Middle East peace for decades remain unresolved.
Palestinian officials are seeking full membership in the United Nations, but that effort is still under examination and the U.S. Has said it will veto it unless there is a peace deal with Israel. Given that, the Palestinians separately sought membership at Paris-based UNESCO and other U.N. Bodies.
Monday's vote is definitive. The membership formally takes effect when Palestine signs UNESCO's founding charter.
The U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion, said Monday's vote will "complicate" U.S. Efforts to support the agency. The United States voted against the measure.
Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Nimrod Barkan, called the vote a tragedy.
"UNESCO deals in science, not science fiction," he said. "They forced on UNESCO a political subject out of its competence."
"They've forced a drastic cut in contributions to the organization," he said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton last week called UNESCO's deliberation "inexplicable," saying discussion of Palestinian membership in international organizations couldn't replace negotiations with Israel as a fast-track toward Palestinian independence
UPDATE: As I said, the OIC, which functions as the modern universal caliphate, is behind this.
UPDATE: The UNESCO Opportunity, Editorial of The New York Sun | October 31, 2011
The decision of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization to approve full membership for Palestine provides America an opportunity not only to halt its funding of the organization but to withdraw entirely — and permanently. The halt in funding is required by a law passed by Congress in the 1990s and signed by President Clinton. Unesco was warned of this consequence by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Secretary of State Clinton, shortly before Unesco took its vote. Her warning had a kind of rueful tone. The better way to look at it is a chance for America to extricate itself once and for all from an agency that has defined repeated efforts at reform.