A Haunting Vote at the UN

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Under U.S. law, the Obama administration must cut off funding for UNESCO, as acknowledged by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

“The United States will refrain from making contributions to UNESCO,” Nuland said. This action stems from a provision of the U.S. code that states: “No funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or any other Act shall be available for the United Nations or any specialized agency thereof which accords the Palestine Liberation Organization the same standing as member states.”

The Palestine Liberation Organization is technically the Palestinian entity that represents the Palestinians in the United Nations.

The U.S. cut-off of funding will blow a big hole in UNESCO’s budget since the U.S. has been paying 22% of its budget – approximately $80 million in annual funding. A $60 million payment to UNESCO due in November will be the first casualty of the cut-off.

UNESCO was fully advised in advance of its impulsive decision to admit Palestine as a member state that its gravy train would be in jeopardy. Nevertheless, after her vain attempt to justify the UNESCO vote to admit such a dysfunctional entity as a member of equal status with the United States, UNESCO Director-General Bokova childishly complained about the financial consequences. “I believe it is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that UNESCO does not suffer unduly,” she said, whining about losing funding from “our largest contributor, the United States.”

At a press conference at UN headquarters in New York that I attended, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made the same point.

Their pleas should be ignored. UNESCO is reverting to the same kind of irresponsible behavior that led to a U.S. boycott for almost two decades until it was finally ended by President George W. Bush in 2003.

In November 2010, UNESCO had already foreshadowed its pro-Palestinian agenda by adopting several proposals by Arab states reclassifying Jewish historical landmarks as “Palestinian sites.” This attempt to use the UN’s cultural agency to blur or obliterate the Jewish people’s historical connection to their homeland reinforces Abbas’s oft-repeated refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. A little more than a week ago, he proclaimed that “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I will never recognize the Jewishness of the state, or a ‘Jewish state.'” Yet he points to the UN General Assembly partition resolution (Resolution 181), which explicitly recognizes a “Jewish State,” as a legal justification for his bid for Palestinian UN member state status.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, had it right when she said the UNESCO cut-off of funding should be just the beginning. “Congress must pass pending U.N. reform legislation to cut off funding to any U.N. entity that grants any upgraded status to ‘Palestine,'” said Rep. Ros-Lehtinen. “Such strong action is the only way to deter other U.N. bodies from following in UNESCO’s footsteps, and to prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from paying for biased entities at the U.N.”

Rash actions must have significant consequences or the rash actions will simply multiply. The United Nations has been misusing American taxpayers’ money for too long. It is time to push back.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    The future is scary. This must be what the dinosaurs felt like right when the comet hit.

    • UCSPanther

      And it blew up in the UN's faces because the US pulled UNESCO's funding as per a 1990 law right after.

      Now, how are you going to convince Ron Paul to restore UNESCO's funding?

      Something tells me that will be flying in the face for what that campaign stands for.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Ron Paul will get my vote because he has taken a principled stand against corruption and for limited government. Palestine will get my support because all peoples have the right to self-determination. Did you forget his campaign pledge? Equal defunding of foreign aid. Do you think you can beat someone over the head with a welfare check? You think in terms of a socialist prison process.

        • UCSPanther

          Nice try.

          Translation of your delusional ranting: Ron Paul will restore UNESCO's funding.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Your translator must be busted.

        • Beth

          If it wasn't confirmed before – you just confirmed it for me now. Ron Paul will NEVER have my vote.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I don’t care how you vote.

  • Craig

    POLL: Should UNESCO have recognized Palestine as a nation? http://www.wepolls.com/p/4551256/

    • Herman Caintonette

      59-41 in favor, even in America.

  • potb

    You have to have a culture if you want to join UNESCO right?

    So what culture are they going to promote? The suicide bomber culture? Throwing stones? Killing woman for being 'disobedient'? Training kids as terrorists?

    I'm curious.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      See: Kevin MacDonald as to whether there is a Jewish right to cultural brokerage.

      • potb

        The same Kevin MacDonald that is praised by neo-nazi's? I read FP almost everyday. You are nothing but a Jewhating troll.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          I am sure Neo-nazis praise clean air and fresh running water too. When will we stop those?

          • potb

            It's about honest examination, flipside. And as far as I'm concerned, MacDonald is not honest. Neither are you. That's why you always bring up Jews, Zionism, Israel. Whatever you can bring up to slander the Jewish people. You just can't let it go. Regulars around here know this and nobody takes you serious.

          • Herman Caintonette

            Jews, Zionism, and Israel are the central focus of this site. Not bringing it up means not participating in the conversation.

          • potb

            Not sure if you're 'new' around here.
            True, but even when the discussion isn't about that Flipside somehow knows to bring it up anyway. That was my point.

          • Beth

            You don't converse Herman Caintonette. You throw insults. There's a difference.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            This is a Jews, Zionism, and Israel propaganda website. This is where I am supposed to bring it up. It’s like talking about hot coal in hell.

          • potb

            Stop coming here if you don't like it. There are a lot of websites you can visit. Nobody is forcing you.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Do you think forensic investigators like murder scenes, or that they simply arrive because they are the best at finding details and bringing evildoers to justice?

          • potb

            Not sure what you are trying to say here.

          • Adam

            "I am sure Neo-nazis praise clean air and fresh running water too. "

            Yeah, but Clean Air never strapped a bomb to themselves and killed innocent Women and Children. Fresh Water never machined gunned a 3 year old in her own bed. And niether one fired rockets into elementary schools. Leave it to a Libtard to pick the side of Neo Nazis and mudering Islamist fanatics.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            No Adam, but Irv Rubin tried to and Baruch Goldstein did. I am not a liberal. Liberal is a euphemism for Jewish Socialist. I am neither.

  • al Kidya

    Dismantle the UN. Let them rebuild it in Kenya.

    • attila the hun

      Amen to that, let's see how long it will survive in the jungle?

  • Ken

    ALL US funding of the UN should be stopped immediately!! We cannot be the world's piggy bank anymore!!

    • Herman Caintonette

      Let's start by cutting Israel off.

      • UCSPanther

        A better start would be cutting the funding from your beloved UN.

        It's persona non grata in Israel anyway.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Moreover, a government contemplating “unity” with Hamas, a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of a member state of the United Nations, deserves neither the respect nor confidence of the international community.

    Actually, Hamas is not a terrorist organization at all. It is a jihadist organization, as jihad is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme. Indeed, terrorism is a product of Western civilization only, while jihad, on the other hand, is a product of Islamic civilization only that is waged for only one reason, which is to make Islam supreme, and when the writer of this article whitewashes this reality by conflating jihad with terrorism, as this writer habitually does, he is white washing that reality whether wittingly or unwittingly. No wonder so many people remain so utterly ignorant of Islam.

    In any event, the USA should cease all funding to the UN ASAP not only because of the UNESCO fiasco but because the UN is totally incompatible with the interest of the USA, especially with its quest to become the seat of governance for an impending one world government.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Impending yes and also with NATO underpinning the effort, we need to get
      out of Europe and avoid another European War unless it is to purge the
      Muslims which may be to great and infestation………………………William

    • Beth

      "Hamas is not a terrorist organization at all. It is a jihadist organization"

      Absolutely! I agree with ObamaYoMoma on getting the terms correct. It's important. I disagree though – that Joseph Klein is 'whitewashing' in his reporting.

      "The United Nations has been misusing American taxpayers’ money for too long. It is time to push back" – – BRAVO!!! to Joseph Klein for that.

  • crackerjack

    To be fair, the USA should officially confer it's foreign policy directly to the Likud in order to prevent missunderstandings and save time and red tape.

    • Murray Schwartz

      well put.

      • stern

        And you too.

    • stern

      Yes, crackerjack. And you may as well just go ahead and tape your mouth shut, plus prepare yourself for burial, because we control the media and our secret world government knows exactly who you are. We're coming to get you.

  • PatriotX

    Yet another form of legal Jihad against the world. The Palestinian representative has expressed no desire for peace with Israel. They’re only ambition is to wipe out Israel. It’s in the Koran, it’s in there oppressive form of law, Shariah, it’s taught to their children and encouraged through propaganda in all aspects of their society.

    We as a nation need to address this threat just as we addressed communism during the cold war, zero tolerance. Some people in this world do not understand “negotiate” or “reasoning” they only understand strenght and brute force. They only understand the message that violence and their agenda to destroy our nation and way of life will be dealt with, period. That crackpot in Iran is a prime example of this also.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      If it’s legal, what are you complaining about?

  • StephenD

    This would be laughable if it weren't so tragic. This is about as sanctimonious as appointing Iran to the Human Rights Council. The charter of the UN stipulates the membership be made of nations that "Love Peace." Yet, they appoint the "Palestinians; the people that train their children (Educate them) to believe that dying while killing Jews is the highest calling. They teach hate-NOT PEACE-in their schools. What SCIENTIFC contributions has the “Palestinians” made? NOT ONE. Culture?? You must be referring to a culture that “loves death more than we love life.” How comical this would be. Actually, it does point directly to the foolishness that is the UN and gives credence to the call to relinquish our membership from it

    • potb

      Wasn't Libya on the Human Rights Council? The whole UN is a joke.

      • stern

        Absolutely. Time for real countries to stop funding the joke in Turtle Bay.

  • I hate government

    The UN should move out of New York.

    • Beth

      The un should be KICKED OUT of NY

  • Eric G

    Can peace come from appeasement of nationalistic entities aggressively demanding land? Neville Chamberlain was unavailable for comment.

    • Beth

      "unavailable for comment"

      just as the 'palestinians' (muslims) are when presented with questions about the facts (violent teachings).

  • BS77

    any doubt left about the UN? it's a sham. It's a rotten to the core corruptocracy .

  • PaulM

    Joseph, Australia voted against the resolution as well. And whilst our ex-Prime Minister has spent millions sucking up to every African despot he can find, handing out Australians hard earned in an attempt to get a temporary seat on the UNSC, and whilst a certain percent of our population voted in such a way that has allowed the watermellon anti-semites to hold the balance of power in our upper house and gained a seat in our lower house of parliament, our delegation still managed to reflect the view of the majority of our nation.

  • mrbean

    Listen up dhimmis like scum, amused, it is a matter of record that Palestinians strap munitions on their own women and children and send them out on homicide-suicide missions to murder other innocent women and children in markets, restuarants, on school buses, and in their homes. The Palestinians in their own words and by their actions are committed to the genocide of the Jewish people therefore, have foreited their rights to even exist at all let alone having a UN and US sanctioned seat in UNESCO and/or a terrorist state of their own.

  • Adam

    52 abstentions?? What a bunch of cowards. Well hopefully Israel will get the message, and realize they are pretty much in it alone, at least until we get the Shalfist out of the White House and does what needs to be done in Gaza… Full scale war.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Salafists fill their cabinet with Jews and keep a Jewish political advisor whose dad was in Irgun?

      • NotaBene

        The article itself approvingly quoted the ‘salafists’s’ UN ambassador, for goodness sake. This crowd doesn’t know their posterior from a hole in the ground.

      • Adam

        The particular Salafist I reffered to needed to infiltrate the US political system. He found it easier to get in with the Progressive/Liberals that often have a bunch of self loathing Jews.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          All Jews loathe themselves. It’s a commandment.

  • Scott S.

    Get the U.S. out of the UN completely. Send the UN off of US soil. Use the money that funds the UN to support U.S. infrastructure. Impeach Obama.

  • Herman Caintonette

    potb: "It's about honest examination, flipside. And as far as I'm concerned, [Kevin] MacDonald is not honest. Neither are you."

    As if there is any author here who is scrupulously honest and fair. Not in this lifetime!

    MacDonald responds to his critics here: http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/replies.htm . While what he says has political ramifications that Zionists don't like, his arguments are well-defended.

    • stern

      so okay, I started reading, but it didn't take me long to find a whole heck of a lot of BS. For example, macdonald (lower case intentional – the man deserves no respect) claims that conversion to Judaism is discouraged. In a sense, that is true, but he completely misunderstands (perhaps deliberately) the reason for that. Judaism wants converts to be true converts, not just those who want to become Jewish for the sake of convenience – for example, to marry a Jew. He then says that Judaism gives second-class status to the convert. This is completely and utterly untrue. The convert is considered Jewish in every respect, both in terms of obligations and rights.

      If this is the standard of macdonald's "scholarship", spare us from it and his other opinions.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Sounds like you read “A People Who Shall Dwell Alone.” I didn’t read that one. The real burner is The Culture of Critique which is a categorical slam on devices like Horowitz’ “Center for Study of Popular Culture.l

  • Dispozadaburka

    Then one can see how the NWO works.
    It's already here.

    • Beth

      American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/europe_glo

      "Multiculturalism has also resulted in rapprochement between Islam and Europe, a multilateral partnership between the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the U.N., and the Palestinianization of European policy to delegitimize Israel and cast it as the occupier/victimizer of Arab-Palestinians."

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What can be said about the UN, dogs attract fleas?………………….William

  • Stephen_Brady

    How many times does it have to be said? Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the United States. To pull the US out of the UN would crush the would-be world government.

    Then, so as to show the world where we stand, give our UN money to Israel, to show our commitment to a Jewish Nation, whose capitol is in Jerusalem.

    By the way, how soon before Obama finds an unConstitutional way to restore funding to UNESCO?

  • Beth

    "The U.S. cut-off of funding will blow a big hole in UNESCO’s budget since the U.S. has been paying 22% of its budget – approximately $80 million in annual funding. A $60 million payment to UNESCO due in November will be the first casualty of the cut-off."

    Soothing music to my ears.

  • oldtimer

    The only good that can come out of this is that US stops funding UNESCO, which should have happened long ago. But other wise, where is the world headed, a sad, sad day.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Let us all guess? How long before Obama finds an executive order somewhere on his desk. The one that sends the money to them some other way.