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UNESCO: U.S. action hurts us abroad

Letter by Bernice L. Youtz, Tacoma on Nov. 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm with 20 Comments »
November 2, 2011 10:00 am

After UNESCO voted membership for Palestine (TNT, 10-31), the U.S. announced that it would withdraw funds for the organization based on a law passed by Congress years ago that bars funding for any United Nations organization that recognizes Palestine.

Whatever one’s opinion or sympathy, this will be seen on screens from Casablanca to Jakarta as another example of America bullying the world. We wonder why we are not popular even as we need friends.

The U.S. and Israel insist on “negotiations,” yet much of the world knows that negotiations have been going on for 19 years with Israel gaining ever more land and power, supported always by the United States. This is not in the interests of Israel nor of the U.S.

Israel may enjoy the support of American taxpayers and the U.S. Congress, but it is increasingly isolated. Tom Friedman, no friend of Palestinians, recently wrote in The New York Times that he had never been more worried about the future of Israel. Distinguished Israelis note that Jews have exchanged the ghettos of Europe for one in the Middle East.

Negotiations are indeed needed, but the U.S. is not an honest broker. Nor can we alone assure Israel the security it claims to want.

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  1. aislander says:

    Withholding funds from UNESCO is a good start. Now let’s de-fund the rest of the UN and put a stop to the third-world party at our expense. We could use the empty office space for firms dispossessed by 9/11, but I understand the UN building is in terrible shape due to lack of maintenance. Perhaps we could level the structure and build a synagogue or cathedral on the property…

  2. Results of a new poll commissioned by the European Commission show that Israel is believed by Europeans in 15 countries to be the greatest threat to world peace, greater than North Korea, Iran or Afghanistan.
    http://poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com/2011/11/european-poll-israel-biggest-threat-to.html

    Israel’s response to UNESCO is to increase the building of illegal settlements.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15556801

  3. aislander says:

    We’ve destroyed our economy by emulating Europe, so let’s follow their lead in this instance, too…

  4. We’ve destroyed our economy by emulating Europe

    That would be when Reagan followed Thatcher’s lead into voodoo economics and when everyone from Carter on down began deregulating the banks so they could “compete with the rest of the world”, or when Clinton embraced neoliberal trade agreements?

  5. but then….what does that have to do with the US jumping through hoops to prove how loyal they are to Bibi?

  6. BlaineCGarver says:

    Everyone from Casablanca to Jakarta can jump off a cliff for all I care…With all the trillions and trillions made off of oil, you would think that the MidEast would take care of their own…Nope, it’s in their best interest to keep everyone mad at the Jews and the USA…..To Heck With The muzlims.

  7. old_benjamin says:

    We withdraw funds and are seen as bullies? Does that suggest that world opinion is not a proper guide to policy? World opinion can go hang.

  8. oldman4 says:

    Bernice I think your on to something. Send a check to UNESCO and then Casablancans can Love you. As for me and mine we’ll back Israel. See you on the battlefield. However I suggest you watch your back as I’m not sure your friends are as faithfull as mine

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    The left has made palestine one of their new favorite causes. Go ahead, the republicans can use the jewish vote and the donations that come along with it.

    Israel sucks down rocket and mortar fire daily, yet they build a house and the left cries out in anger. Where is the outrage against the violence coming out of palestine?

  10. LarryFine says:

    I fully agree with aislander’s 10:08am post.

    It’s a sad state of affairs that by defunding an organization we are viewed as bullys.

  11. beerBoy says:

    Meanwhile, Israeli settlers stone an 80 year old woman picking olives n Mukhmas, a village southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank.
    http://uruknet.com/?p=m82769&hd=&size=1&l=e

    I guess they thought she was menacing them…..and it was self-defense.

  12. LarryFine says:

    LMAO bB… The “Palestine News & Information Agency” ??? Really?

    They would never stage or fake a photo… would they?
    .
    I have to ask, is the Palistine News & Information Agency in your “favorites” ? It just seems odd…

  13. LarryFine says:

    BTW… “nice try at a tangent.”

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    beerBoy says:
    May 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm
    oooh….another taunt of antisemitism.

    and you wonder why?

  14. funny…I linked uruknet.info

    Yet you, in a backhanded way, manage to respond with an implied accusation of antisemitism at me because you followed the source to Palestine News & Information Agency and – without any evidence other than the word “Palestine” dispute the source and the story.

    Let’s see….kill the messenger and call me an antisemite because I didn’t dismiss the messenger. No wonder I don’t give much credence to your rhetorical style.

  15. LarryFine says:

    You sure are defensive.
    I followed the link to the story that you attempted to start a tangent with. The link took me to the “Palestine News & Information Agency” after I clicked on source at the bottom of the article (kooky huh?).
    I provided a quote from you where you previously showed similar defensiveness when someone “taunted” you about the perceived (and apparently warranted) antisemitism on your behalf… and there you go again.

    So, in your eagerness to find a story inflammatory towards Israel, you chose not to even take a moment to see if, perhaps, the story may have a bias…

    Rather, Dan of you…

  16. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Even if it was true, if we linked to every act of violence against Irsael it would be a full time job.

    One instance vs thousands. Come back to reality.

  17. beerBoy says:

    One instance vs thousands.

    Funny how, if your assertion is true, so many more Palestinians end up dead than Israelis.

    Oh….I get it…..IDF/Mossad actions don’t count as violence against Palestinians.

  18. LarryFine says:

    Says who … The “Palestine News & Information Agency” ??? LOL.

  19. beerBoy says:

    Israeli hasbara sure has worked on you.

  20. beerBoy says:

    Actually the source is B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
    http://www.btselem.org/

    Children Killed – Israeli 124 – Palestinian 1,452

    Civilians* Killed – Israeli 731 – Palestinian 3,535 – 4,226

    People killed in the course of a targeted killing -Israeli 1 – Palestinian408 or more

    People killed on own land – Israeli 586 (54.1%)- Palestinian 6,359 (98.9%)

    Cause of death for IDF soldiers (2005)
    Committed Suicide 30
    Illness 14
    Accidents 26
    Terror Incidents 6

    Source: Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv, Oct. 10, 2005, p. 6.
    Note: The paper also reported that since 1992, 459 Israeli soldiers have committed suicide.

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