Tuesday, November 1, 2011

UNESCO votes to include Palestine

Recognizing Palestine makes UNESCO ineligible for U.S. funds. So it'll lose 22% of its funding. For 195 countries.

"Unesco, perhaps best known for designating world heritage sites, is a major global development agency whose missions include promoting literacy, science, clean water and education, including sex education and equal treatment for girls and young women."
NYTimes article

Bless these Palestinians for not making me feel like I need to wear a paper bag over my head.


It's funny, one of my students, the day after we did our lesson on stereotypes, arrived with a copy of the Balfour Declaration, to explain to me why he described Britain as "rude:"

His Majesty's government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object. It being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Another of my students said, "see, he's very rude. He gave away a land that was not his!"

Today, Britain abstained from the UNESCO vote. It sat quietly in the corner.