The American Kafir

2011/11/05

The Centre Comments on Canada’s Vote at UNESCO

Source Article Link: The Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs

The Centre Comments on Canada’s Vote at UNESCO

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs commends Canada’s principled vote against the motion to grant the Palestinians statehood status at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The vote took place October 31st during UNESCO’s General Meeting in Paris. The motion to admit the Palestinians passed with 107 votes in favor, 14 against and 52 abstentions. The United States, Canada and Germany voted against Palestinian membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted in favor. Britain abstained.

This development has serious and wide-ranging implications with the potential to seriously derail future peace negotiations. Already, the Palestinians, emboldened by their success at UNESCO, have indicated that they will be seeking full state status in a number of other UN bodies. The Palestinian action at UNESCO is part of a broader campaign that began in September when it sought statehood status at the UN Security Council (UNSC) and in UN General Assembly (UNGA). The UN Security Council will vote next month on whether to grant the Palestinians full UN membership. In effect, the Palestinians are trying to confer upon themselves statehood without negotiating with Israel.

While acknowledging the action taken by the American government to suspend funding to UNESCO, The Centre believes that Canada has to carefully consider whether at this stage withdrawing its funds from UNESCO advances Canadian interests. At a minimum, however,  Canada should ensure that Canadian funding within UNESCO is not used in a politicized manner detrimental or prejudicial to the Jewish historical sites in Israel, or Judea and Samaria (West Bank). In addition, Canada should reject any budgetary requests from UNESCO to compensate for the loss of American funding.

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