Monday, October 31, 2011

UNESCO votes 107-14 with 52 abstentions to admit Palestine. US

The admission of Palestine to UNESCO will prompt cuts in US funding of the agency.  These punitive cuts will hurt UNESCO, but they also serve to illustrate how isolated the US has become on the issue. A U.S. official stated that "there are consequences" if the vote approves Palestinian membership in UNESCO, but there are also consequences of the US being in splendid isolation with Israel. 
What remains is for Palestine to sign and ratify the UNESCO constitution.

[Added: To minimize the reality of auto-ostracism by the U.S., expect to see a stream of pieces, such as this one, extolling Israel's value as a friend of the U.S.]

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