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The Palestinian bid to obtain recognition of statehood by the United Nations has clearly irked some power players in Washington. The United States has already made plain its intention to veto the application in the Security Council but is, at the moment, more concerned with delaying the vote for as long as possible, possibly in the unlikely expectation that everyone will forget about it.

Meanwhile the State Department is assiduously punishing http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2011/10/175062.htm the Palestinians in every possible way, making sure they are not represented in any international fora. Last week, the US was on the losing side of a 40 to 4 vote approving Palestinian entry into UNESCO. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Its website says that it “Encourages international peace and universal respect by promoting collaboration among nations.” It is not generally perceived as political, though it has sometimes become involved in controversy over Israeli destruction of Muslim historic and cultural sites. In any event, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the so-called “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians.

The US has also blocked Palestinian membership in the International Institute of Aging, The World Telecommunications Union, The World Meteorological Organization, and the Office for Outer Space Affairs. The State Department is considering withholding funding to any United Nations agency that admits Palestinians. Washington contributes 22% of the UNESCO budget, which might be subject to a freeze by Hillary Clinton or by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is already working on stripping the Palestinians of all US foreign aid.

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Stripping the Palestinians of foreign aid is only worth while if they strip Israel of foreign aid as well. Washington DC sounds like they’re getting their marching orders from AIPAC. The arrogance of the State Department is astounding.

    In the span of a couple weeks we’ve announced new anti-ballistic missile treaties with Turkey, Poland and Romania (clearly aimed at Russia in particular), then in Kosovo NATO seizes two border crossings linking the predominantly Serb northern Kosovo with the rest of Serbia and according to Serb sources are using live ammunition against Serbian protesters. On top of that we’re announcing new sanctions against Syria while still bombing pro-Ghaddafi forces in Libya and we’re announcing that our troops will stay in Afghanistan until 2014.

    Then to top it all off were doing this to the Palestinians. Who the hell do these people think they are anyway?! The Roman Empire? We all know how that ended. This is nuts. Ron Paul is right on the money when he lists all the reasons why we may be and often are loathed around the world.

  2. Hunsdon says:

    Man, I remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, and then the amazing collapse of the Soviet Union, and I was so excited. Such a glorious new age, I thought, did we confront! So many old antagonisms laid aside, so much opportunity. Squandered, thrown out, a mistaken triumphalism blinding us, ego compounded by arrogance redoubled by hubris magnified by a false pride.

    I suppose the thinking goes that since the Palestinians aren’t a nation, they don’t deserve any “collaboration among nations.” What was the old line? “A land without a people for a people without a land?”

    I thought we were better than this. SUCKER!

  3. TomB says:

    Hunsdon wrote:

    “I suppose the thinking goes that since the Palestinians aren’t a nation, they don’t deserve any ‘collaboration among nations.’”

    You oughta work for State, dude. Because I suppose that’s about the best thing they *could* say if the supine media on this issue ever really challenged ’em on anything.

    The reality however is that they probably aren’t being challenged on it, and certainly there was no real “thinking” on it at all anyway. With our policy towards Israel and etc. are government has now just simply descended into open, might-as-well-admit-it lickspittledom. If there was a global Criminal Code we’d be arrested for serial prostitution.

    After all while one could theoretically oppose statehood recognition for Palestinians as the U.S. is, what in the world is the reason for trying to block them from mere participation in UNESCO or etc. as a present *non*-state?

    None. It’s purely, simply and obviously just obsequiousness. And the worst kind of servility at that: Kicking at another in the face on the wishes of a Lobby whose spiteful mean-spiritedness is more than just its hallmark, it’s that Lobby’s stock-in-trade.

    We oughta be ashamed of ourselves.

  4. Let’s hope the Saudis make up at least some of the shortfall in Palestinian revenue resulting from foolish penalties applied by the US Congress.

  5. Dmitri – – Of course the US Congress “gets its marching orders from Aipac”. Re: Israel/Palestine. Didn’t 330 members of Congress put in an appearance at most recent Aipac annual meeting in Washington?

    And Aipac subversion is ignored.

  6. The saudis can pick up any shortfall. Just cut back on the gambling junkets and blond hookers.

  7. And to call unesco not political is to call hamas, hezbollah, and the al-aksa martyrs brigades social clubs

  8. The sad thing, Mr. Giraldi, is that I knew which “superpower” to whom you were referring, before I even read the article.

    Excellent irony, sir!

  9. Amos says:

    In fact, American patriot reporters are challenging the State Department on its cruelty and hypocrisy regarding the Palestinians. See a recent transcript from a presser here:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2011/10/rambunctious-reporters-question-us-state-depts-double-standard-on-syrianpalestinian-aspirations.html

    Adam Rurik – Nice catch. Yes, even the United States must bow down before the superpower.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Mr. Giraldi, the link to “punishing” is not working (e.g., “the State Department is assiduously punishing”). Could you please fix this? Thank you … Right now, this link seems to connect to a private email message.

  11. Pointsman says:

    I really don’t care whether the Palestinians are admitted to UNESCO or not. We shouldn’t take membership in international organizations too seriously these days. The old USSR had veto power on the UN “Security Council”! – and the US recently rammed Israel into the OECD, which is supposed to be a club for first world, developed countries, not welfare dependents. Such memberships – and such organizations – make themselves meaningless.

    We must bring all our troops home and cut off the economic and military aid to foreign parasites that has caused, aggravated and perpetuated these seemingly endless wars. And declare a media blackout on Israel/Palestine for about ten years so we can focus on solving our own dire problems.

  12. Bill Pearlman – – Herzbollah is in part a social services delivery agency, and a provider of other services normally provided by municipal or other government.

  13. Jim Bovard says: • Website

    “World Meteorological Organization”???

    Damn, Hillary has gone too far this time.

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