Steven Katsineris (VIC) writes to the media re US funding cut to UNESCO because of Palestine membership 28Oct11 October 28, 2011

The decision by the USA to cut funding to the United Nations, (The Age2/11/11) because UNESCO has voted to admit Palestine as a member state is an absolutely disgraceful act. This will deprive UNESCO of $60 million of vital financial support for its human rights, literacy and preservation work. While the US professes to support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state it blocks any genuine moves in that direction and punishes those who pursue this aim.

And whilst asserting its adherence to helping mediate a resolution of the conflict, the US continues to fund the building of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and supply with the weapons used to impose the occupation. This action only further exposes the USA’s sham commitment to a just and viable solution to the Palestinian problem, as well as its hypocrisy and bullying policies in world affairs. I hope the international community has the courage to stand up to this blackmail attempt and is able to raise the finance to back the important efforts of UNESCO. It is appalling that Australia sided with the US and also voted against Palestine’s membership of UNESCO.

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