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Nov 1, 2011

UNESCO welcomes the Palestinians — at a price

After losing some of the limelight in the past fortnight due to the Israel-Hamas deal for the release of Gilad Shalit, the "official" Palestinian leadership of Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas bounced back yesterday.

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

After losing some of the limelight in the past fortnight due to the Israel-Hamas deal for the release of Gilad Shalit, the “official” Palestinian leadership of Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas bounced back yesterday. In a boost to the campaign for UN membership, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) voted to admit Palestine as its 195th member.


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8 thoughts on “UNESCO welcomes the Palestinians — at a price

  1. Delerious

    A good clear and concise article with the facts. A little biased maybe but at least it has put all the relevant information in.

  2. oompiet

    You state that “But while it’s one thing to argue that Palestinian membership for UN agencies is counter-productive and a step backward in the peace process — a perfectly respectable argument, albeit one I disagree with ” but you don’t expand on why you disagree with it – What possible reasons could you have for such a view , given that at this stage , the Palestinians do not see Israel as viable two state solution and will stop at nothing to see it destroyed ?

  3. Lambikins

    of course they should be allowed to participate. I wrote on similar issues here:

  4. Kevin Herbert


    To claim that there is a peace process is palpably naive.

    There hasn’t been one since the Shas party accolytes murdered the
    then Israeli PM Rabin. FYI, Shas are a major player in Benny N’s
    current parliamentary gang.

    All US & Israeli claims of the Oslo Accords etc etc are part of the
    US/AIPAC/Israeli disinformation campaign of the past 20 years.

    Check out the Jewish intellectual Dr Norman Finkelstein’s chapter &
    verse rebuttal onYou Tube, of the peace process charade.

  5. Charles Richardson

    @Oompiet – no, I’m afraid I can’t cover everything at once; I wrote a bit on the statehood bid a few weeks ago: . Briefly, I see no evidence for your claim that the Palestinians don’t see Israel as part of a two-state solution: polls have repeatedly shown that they do, Abbas certainly maintains that very strongly, and even Hamas says it is willing to recognise Israel’s de facto sovereignty. But even if we assume you’re right and I’m wrong on that, it doesn’t follow that recognition of Palestinian statehood is the wrong way to go. If you think the Palestinians are bluffing on willingness to live with Israel, why not call the bluff, rather than keep conceding them the moral high ground?

  6. CML

    I am devastated that Australia voted against Palestine joining UNESCO.
    and would like to disassociate myself from their action.
    NOT IN MY NAME, PM Gillard.

  7. Bo Gainsbourg

    I wonder if the withdrawal of U.S. cash will hobble UNESCO…it probably will but in some ways make it less beholden also. Meantime I’m waiting for the U.S. to strongly attack the Egyptian military for murdering Coptic Christians. This is their big chance to strongly show they are for democracy and against dictatorship.

  8. Kevin Herbert

    BO GAINSBOURG: just as in Syria, the US/Israeli tactic is to destablise
    the incumbent ruling group, via financing radical Islamists to do their
    dirty work

    This has been the stock in trade of the US & Israel for decades in the
    Middle East e.g. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan.

    The Arab Spring has left the Israeli far right government, and its backers
    at AIPAC in Washington, with nowhere to turn as their dominance over the
    region which is being challenged for the first time since 1948.

    When push comes to shove, the US has no option but to agree with
    the tactic., given that the US Congress is owned by AIPAC.

    Just in case you think my views are wild speculation, check out the
    following YouTube post from a speech in 2003 to the US Congress
    by current Republican Presidential candidate Senator Ron Paul:

    To think that the Australian major political parties support such a
    massive anti-democratic, criminal enterprise, is shameful, and one
    day in the not too distant future, they will have to explain their actions
    to Aussie voters.

    Finally, despite the concerted attempt by leading left & right wing
    media to refuse to cover Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential campaign,
    he is right up in the top 3 candidates, with his poll numbers growing.
    His 2 key messages are to bring home all US troops from around the globe, the dat after he’s elected, and to wind up the US Federal Reserve bank, which is controlled
    by the global banking elites.

    I disagree with Charles Richardson’s view expressed in an earlier post
    that Senator Paul cannot winthe 2012 Republican nomination.
    He will, and will go on to defeat that lame duck Barack Obama.

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