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Headquartered in Paris, UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) was born in 1946 out of a need for furthering world peace and security. As indicated in its name, the main goals of UNESCO are achieved through educational, scientific and cultural awareness. Its current motto is “building peace in the hearts of men and women.”
As one of the many agencies linked to the United Nations, UNESCO never intended to be a player in the political arena. On the other hand, the agency has been known to fight racism, prejudice, world hunger, diseases and other worthy humanitarian causes. By its own admitting, UNESCO is known as the “intellectual” agency of the United Nations. Promoting a better world is a noble cause, yet it can only work if it doesn’t benefit one’s agenda at the expense of another country or people group. Much seems to indicate that UNESCO has evolved into more of a political organization and less of an educational branch of the U.N. And once again, Israel could suffer from it all.
In 2011, a pivotal year for the Palestinian Authority, UNESCO recognized “the State of Palestine” as one of its members. Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas had been trying to get the United Nations to recognize “Palestine” to no avail.
The Palestinian Authority continues to ache for validation from the global community, and they are making progress. But the problem is that their very existence is founded on a myth. As reported by Mitchell Bard in “Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” here are a few of these many facts:
- There is no Palestinian language; all Palestinian speak Arabic.
- There is no Palestinian culture. It is a mix of Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian culture In short, it is an Arabic culture.
- There is no Palestinian food; it is Arabic food.
- The Palestinians are NOT descendants from the Canaanites; they are Arabs from Israel’s neighboring countries.
Yet, the whole world, including UNESCO, is buying the lie about Palestinian legitimacy in the biblical land of Israel given to the Jewish people by God Himself through Abraham (not to mention the fact that the biblical boundaries are so much greater than modern-day Israel with or without the “disputed territories”):
On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite” (Genesis 15:18-21).
When UNESCO chose to incorporate “Palestine” as one of its member states, it opened the door to further legitimization of the Palestinian myth along with the continued delegitimization of Israel and the Jewish people. As a result of the incorporation of “Palestine,” in a move I must admit was a bit of a surprise to me, the United States decided to withdraw its funding of UNESCO – at the time about 22 percent of the agency’s budget. Israel followed suit as a gesture of solidarity with the United States. While other countries voted against UNESCO’s incorporation of “Palestine,” only the U.S. and Israel cut their funding. It showed chutzpah and integrity, two very rare virtues in our postmodern and ultra tolerant world.
Earlier this month, during the 37th General Conference of UNESCO, it was announced that Israel and the United States, while still members, have lost their voting rights within the agency because they have not paid their dues for the last two years.
So let me get this right. The only democracy in the Middle East region and a country that has repeatedly come to the rescue of troubled regimes and hurting people groups over the last several decades are being punished for standing for what is right. In the meantime, the illegitimate child of former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat is given the red carpet treatment! How backward is that?
An agency founded on peace and justice for all is endorsing terrorism and violence and in the process is also helping to rewrite history. On its World Heritage List, UNESCO chooses to list the “Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route” as being in Palestine, not Israel. But this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when we see that since 1978, UNESCO has selected Nov. 29 as “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”
Many will claim that UNESCO isn’t to be taken too seriously, but I would venture to say that even if this is true, its choice of Palestine as a new member is not the problem but a symptom of a greater problem. With Israel and the United Sates deprived of their voting power, we are a step closer to more anti-Israel sentiment being craftily weaved into the fabric of the agency. Could it be that by helping to legitimize Palestine, UNESCO has become an accomplice to crimes against humanity?
The Islamist world-domination agenda continues its slow progress toward a complete hatred of Israel and Jews by more and more people, some of whom have never even met a Jewish person in their lifetime.
UNESCO is most likely the first of many more agencies that Mahmoud Abbas is targeting for the promotion of Palestine. I am afraid that it wont be long before the United Nations recognize Palestine as a bona fide voting member.
In the meantime I applaud the U.S. and Israel for standing their ground!