October 31st, 2011
12:05 PM ET

U.N. agency approves full Palestinian membership

The U.N. agency focusing on education and science voted Monday to accept a Palestinian bid for full membership, in the first vote on the matter by a part of the world body.

The vote, which required two-thirds approval by UNESCO members, passed with 107 votes in favor, 14 against, and 52 abstentions.

The vote is separate from the Palestinian bid for full membership in the United Nations. Representatives of several countries pointed out that currently that bid is being discussed by members of the U.N. Security Council.

Huge applause broke out at the meeting in Paris when the results of the vote were announced.

The vote risks the agency - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - losing its U.S. funding, which accounts for more than a fifth of its budget.

Some U.S. lawmakers have threatened to cut off the funding, which a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mission to UNESCO said totals $80 million a year.

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  1. a Ghost


    October 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      BOO WHO ?

      October 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • the punmaster

      Don't cry.

      October 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury


    October 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sigh

    Why is the US taking sides in a barbaric feud between two groups of religious fanatics? Let them settle their own problems. The US is not Israel's stooge.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    You would really like to think that the US is not Israels stooge, but unfortunately, they are. The US has long had this belief that we must support Israel, no matter what, In order to survive. I believe it has to do with the belief of Israel being gods chosen people.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    " US is not Israel's stooge" @ sigh
    I'm afraid rest of the world wouldn't agree with you.
    The misfortune with this (once?) great country of ours is that those up on the Hill & in the power corridors of Washington cannot see beyond their noses & deeply ingrained twisted idelogy & beliefs.
    Its a no brainer to see that the 'Middle East' is changing. By the way the region was named by a US Naval officer Alfred Thayer Mayhen back in 1840- 1941when that land was subjugated.
    That era of colonialism has long ended. And now the era of dependence on the West is fast ending. People are rising up to write their own destiny no longer to be dictated by us.If we do not realize this , the world would pass us by.
    It is not by increasing our military presence that we would emerge as winners in the shifting geo-politics or siding with the rulers who are on a shaky ground themselve. Its the people we now have to befriend.
    Israel/Palestine issue has been at the core of all our problems & the mess we mired ourselves in.
    If we do not get serious in resolving this issue justly, equitably and with honesty of purpose we would be doing a great harm to America & Americans.
    This UNESCO approval is a signal for our political leadership to abandon the failed policies we have been pursuing in the M.East for the sake of our future generations.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u


    I like how you said that. Bravo.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    thanks @ bobcat2u
    As an American who feels for his country & and cannot stand being bamboozled by lies & propaganda I hope there are more like you to feel the same way.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I agree with saywhat and bobcat2u that it is time for the USA to stop being manipulated by Israel.
    Our country must actively pursue a settlement that takes land from Israel and establishes Palestine as a completely independent country with the same rights that any other country has.
    These rights include military power.
    I don't want to see a Palestine that is Israel's little brother or sister.

    October 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Putting Israel on land that was Palestine was one of the greatest mistakes ever made.

    October 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @ JI-F

    Right on mark & well put.

    October 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat2u

    Where does the belief come from that this is the land on which Israel was originally established ?
    Did the UN just willy nilly pick this area in 1948 in order to shut them up ?
    Well, regardless of the reason, we can see how this has worked out.

    October 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. michaelfury


    October 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Google Theodor Herzl regarding modern Zionism.
    Israel is not there because of WWII.
    That war was the excuse for the USA and the West to put Israel on top of Palestine to keep Arab countries separate and protect our oil supply.

    October 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    After reading these posts i have 2 wonder if i read the blog incorrectly? But i believe it stated by the UN voting in favor of allowing palestine 2 participate they were in fact RISKING funding by the UNITED STATES! If that is true than i support that act

    October 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Thats $80 million a year! After their blatant harboring of bin laden and the taliban while recieving funding from the United States they do NOT deserve any future help from us.

    October 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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