he Palestinian Authority (formerly the Palestine Liberation Organization, or PLO) has just been voted membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.
Immediately after UNESCO awarded membership to the PA, the United States withdrew from UNESCO. This was in accordance with a federal law passed in 1990, and supplemented in 1994, as the commendable legislation introduced by Sen. Bob Kasten.
Not only did U.S. withdrawal remove us from an agency that awarded membership to the Palestinian Authority – which refuses to recognize the existence of our ally, Israel; there was the further benefit of our nation no longer having to pay the incredible UNESCO dues of $80 million a year.
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Given the United States' veto power, the PA will surely be unable to be recognized as a member government by the United Nations as a whole. That is fortunate, indeed, given the PA's alliance with terrorist organizations, as well as its own record thereof.
The San Francisco organization Facts and Logic About the Middle East, or FLAME, in a column headlined, "Muslim-Arab Anti-Semitism," recalls among many historical outrages the following:
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- "The Quran abounds in anti-Semitic statements. An expression of that hatred toward Jews is imbued in Muslim children from an early age. It is the fate of Jews in Muslim lands. For centuries they were tolerated, but only in the submissive capacity of "dhimmis" – second-class citizens. They were subjected to countless humiliations, bizarre rules of conduct and clothing and, in many cases, to assaults and pogroms. When the state of Israel was founded in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Jews in Muslim lands had to flee for their lives or were driven from their homes, where they had lived, in most cases, for centuries. When Israel emerged victorious from the 1967 Six-Day War, virtually all of the remaining Jews were expelled – from Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Morocco. In those countries, virtually no Jews remain today."
- "Adolf Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf,' which is prohibited in Germany, is, in Arab and Farsi translations, a perennial best-seller in Muslim countries. So is the fraudulent invention 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' The Muslim world is the only place in which those scurrilous books are readily available. A recent Egyptian television series of 41 installments, based on the 'Protocols,' was a huge success in the Muslim world."
- "Holocaust denial is a favorite topic in the Muslim world. The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (a reputed 'moderate') wrote his doctoral thesis with this title: 'The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and the Zionist Movement.'"
- "Hatred of Jews is an integral part of Arab/Muslim culture and did not come about with the creation of the Jewish state. The grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, at that time the highest Islamic authority in that part of the world, was a staunch and steadfast ally of the Nazis, a trusted accomplice of Hitler. He personally raised SS Waffen troops among the Bosnian Muslims and promised the Nazis that he would fully cooperate with them in the extermination of the Jews in the Middle East. That was in the 1930s – 20 years before the creation of Israel."
- "Israel has tried for over 60 years to come to terms with its Arab-Muslim neighbors. But it is difficult to make peace with those who think of them as sons of pigs and apes. In the words of Hezbollah's secretary general, Hasan Nasrallah, who declared: 'If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak or feeble … we would not find anyone like the Jew.' How can one make peace with such people, with hatred like that?"