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Israel resigned to Palestinians winning UNESCO entry: envoy

Should Palestinians gain entry after Monday's UNESCO general assembly vote in to the UN cultural body, Israel will join the US in withdrawing funding

AFP , Monday 31 Oct 2011
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There will be a vote and the Palestinians will win UNESCO entry, Israeli envoy Nimrod Barkan said. "That's the headcount that we have," he said of the Palestinian membership bid that requires a two-thirds majority of its 193 voting members to succeed.

Staunch Israel ally the United States in the 1990s banned the financing of any United Nations organisation that accepts Palestine as a full member, meaning the body would lose $70 million, or 22 percent of its annual budget.

Barkan said that Israel would likely join the US in withdrawing funds -- another around three percent of UNESCO's budget -- although "it will make it impossible for UNESCO to fulfil its mission."

"I don't think we will continue to pay our annual dues and we will follow the Americans in this, so about a quarter of funding will be taken away... it will make it impossible for UNESCO to fulfil its mission."

With the Palestinians also seeking membership of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Barkan said: "There is potential for a cascading effect of this resolution on many other UN specialised agencies and in New York."

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Richard
01-11-2011 04:57am
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Fail...
Why is UNESCO voting on issues of states? All this will achieve at very best... nothing but a massive loss of funds, however at worst the complete collapse of UNESCO! America will withdraw funds, Israel will withdraw funds, and Canada has mentioned that it’s considering withdrawing funds and it wouldn't surprise me if a few more do. Then what do they do? Collapse, shrink in influence and fail in their “true” mission, or kick Palestine back out? Just those two nations account for near 1/4 of the budget, this replay reminds me of the old quote "Don't bite the hand that feeds you"
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Arsalan
01-11-2011 04:35am
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wow so if the game is not played by the hypocritical rules of america and israel then they withdraw funding??? interesting.....maybe i should stop paying taxes since i dont like my country's current foreign policy?
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Karole du Pont
31-10-2011 07:54pm
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and where do the US stands on Native American cultures?
No one can deny a seat to existing cultures.
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M Ali
31-10-2011 06:13pm
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Great beginning for the Palestinians. Hope and pray that it will lead to ultimate establishment of the state of Palestine, for which its people have been struggling for more than 6 decades and paid a very heavy price. No amount of American and Israel pressure can prevent Palestine state.
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